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Nation IN BRIEF : OKLAHOMA : Drug Cartel Figure Gets 30-Year Term

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

A federal court in Tulsa, Okla., sentenced a reputed high-ranking member of the Medellin drug cartel to 30 years in prison and fined him $5 million. Jose Abello Silva was convicted May 19 of conspiracy to import cocaine and marijuana into the United States and to possess drugs with the intent to distribute. Abello was extradited to the United States from Colombia last fall. U.S. District Judge Thomas Brett said the extradition treaty provided a maximum sentence of 30 years.


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