Leader of Mexican Cartel Drug Ring Operating Here Gets Prison

Aug. 14, 2019

Jose Ruben Gil says it was his one-on-one meeting with Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman that led to one of the largest drug rings to ever operate in Western New York.

During a trial last year, Gil took the witness stand and testified that, blindfolded and surrounded by armed guards, he was taken by helicopter to an undisclosed location in Mexico and a mansion on a hill.

He also told the jury that his meeting there with Guzman and other leaders of the Sinaloa Cartel, one of the world’s most powerful and violent organized crime organizations, increased the flow of cocaine coming his way.

On Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo sentenced the convicted drug trafficker to 12 years in prison.
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