Laredo man gets 20 year prison term in case against South Texas drug trafficking organization


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LAREDO, Texas — A South Texas man has been sentenced to more than 20 years in prison and ordered to pay nearly $42 million after being convicted for his role in a drug trafficking organization that moved cocaine from the border to other parts of the U.S.

The U.S. Attorney's office said Monday that 39-year-old Oscar DeLeon worked for a Laredo-based group. DeLeon was convicted in 2013 on drug and money laundering charges.

DeLeon was the latest of 38 people convicted and sentenced in the investigation. During the probe, agents seized more than $7.5 million in drug proceeds and a ledger that tracked the distribution of about 12,500 kilograms of cocaine and $41. 9 million in drug proceeds by members of the smuggling ring.

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