Drug Lord's Daughter Freed After Pleading Guilty to Illegally Entering US

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By Myles Collier, Christian Post Contributor
December 20, 2012|9:56 am

A woman has been released from U.S. custody after she revealed she was the daughter of a powerful Mexican drug cartel and after she pleaded guilty to several charges, it has been reported.

Alejandrina Gisselle Guzman Salazar, 31, the daughter of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, who is the leader of Mexico's Sinaloa cartel, was in U.S. custody after trying to enter the country with someone else's visa.

Salazar told authorities who she was when she attempted to cross the border at San Diego's San Ysidro port border crossing on Oct. 12, according to unnamed U.S. officials who were not permitted to disclose information regarding the incident.

On Monday, she pleaded guilty to fraud and misusing a visa and U.S. District Judge Cathy Ann Bencivengo ruled she was free to go.

Her release came after a deal was struck with prosecutors. As part of the agreement Salazar would plead guilty to trying to enter the U.S. using another person's visa and would return to Mexico immediately should she be ordered to do so by immigration officials.

In exchange federal prosecutors signed on to drop all charges related to identity theft and making false statements to federal officials.

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When Salazar was first taken into custody she told immigration officials that she was trying to reach Los Angeles in order to give birth to her child, according to a criminal complaint.

Her attorney, Guadalupe Valencia, revealed that her client is about eight months pregnant, as reported by AP.

"She's happy to be back in Mexico and out of custody to have her baby," Valencia told AP. "She's a doctor and will go back to her life before she was arrested."

Salazar's father runs the Sinaloa cartel, one of Mexico's most violent and feared cartels. They control most of the trafficking operations that occurs along the borders of America's southwestern states and Mexico.

 

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