• Costa Rica Coffee Guide
  • Costa Rica Travel Insurance

Alleged Mexican drug lord pleads not guilty in US court

December 18, 2015

NEW YORK – Alleged Mexican drug lord Tirso Martínez Sánchez pleaded not guilty to drug trafficking charges Friday, one day after he was extradited to face the charges in a U.S. court.

Martínez Sánchez, 51, accused of having trafficked tens of thousands of kilograms of cocaine into the United States, appeared in a federal court in Brooklyn wearing white trousers and hobbling on crutches due to a broken right ankle.

His attorney Peter Quijano told Judge Robert Levy that his client pleaded not guilty to charges that include conspiracy to import cocaine and conspiracy to distribute cocaine.

According to U.S. officials, Martínez — also known as “José Tirso” — “was the head of an international drug cartel” that ferried the drugs into the United States from Mexico.

Arrested in February 2014 in Mexico, Martínez was allegedly “the leader of an extensive transnational narcotics importation, distribution, and transportation” network.

The organization “obtained multi-ton shipments of cocaine” from Colombia between 1999 and 2003. Martínez then allegedly orchestrated the movement of the cocaine shipments in the United States “by using an elaborate transportation network of trains, tractor trailers, and other vehicles.”

Over the years Martínez allegedly worked for at least two drug cartels, including the powerful Sinaloa syndicate headed by Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, prosecutors said.

During their investigation U.S. agents impounded 7,500 kilograms of cocaine in five raids in New York, Texas and Chicago.

The next hearing in the case is set for Jan. 20.

You may be interested

Unemployment and underemployment rates remain high in Costa Rica
Costa Rica
2266 views
Costa Rica
2266 views

Unemployment and underemployment rates remain high in Costa Rica

Alejandro Zúñiga - December 3, 2020

Unemployment in Costa Rica was 21.9% in the August-October quarter, slightly lower than the previous period but still significantly higher than the…

Saprissa, Alajuelense qualify for Champions League
News
1073 views
News
1073 views

Saprissa, Alajuelense qualify for Champions League

The Tico Times - December 3, 2020

Costa Rica's two most-popular soccer clubs will represent the country at the 2021 CONCACAF Champions League. Deportivo Saprissa and Liga…

CCSS conducts ‘mega transfer’ of COVID patients from full hospital
Costa Rica
15816 views
Costa Rica
15816 views

CCSS conducts ‘mega transfer’ of COVID patients from full hospital

Alejandro Zúñiga - December 3, 2020

The Costa Rican Social Security System (CCSS) on Wednesday conducted a large-scale transfer of coronavirus patients from a saturated Escalante Pradilla…