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Nine Los Zeta cartel members sentenced to prison

Guadalajara, Jalisco — Prison sentences have been handed down to nine gang members that belonged to the Los Zetas cartel.

The Second District Judge in Jalisco imposed prison sentences of between 13 to 17 years on all nine of the members. All were found guilty of drug and firearm possession, in what Mexico classifies as crimes against health.

During their sentencing, the judge found all nine guilty of crimes against health for the possession of cocaine and marijuana in addition to the collection and carrying of firearms, as well as possession of cartridges for exclusive use by the Army, Navy and Air Force of Mexico.

With evidence provided by the Public Ministry of the federation, the judge sentenced Jov Valladares, Arturo Valladares and José Cirilo Villanueva to 17 years and four months in prison as well as financial restitution of an undetermined amount.

The justice minister assigned César González Rosas to 14 years and four months in prison and financial restitution, while Roberto Santiago Martínez, Juan Abraham Salas Hernandez, Duane Clemente González, Manuel Gallardo Jiménez and Pablo Hernández Morales were all given 13 years, also with the penalty of financial restitution.

Those sentenced were arrested on September 1, 2007 by elements of the Ministry of National Defense in the municipality of Juchitán de Zaragoza, Oaxaca along with war material and packages of marijuana and cocaine.