Mexican cartel leader extradited to Texas to face charges

Arnoldo Rueda-Medina

DALLAS (AP) - A man accused of being a leader in a Mexican drug cartel has been extradited to Texas to face charges that he was part of a cocaine and methamphetamine distribution ring.

The U.S. Attorney's office in Dallas announced that Arnoldo Rueda-Medina, known as "La Minsa" in the La Familia Michoacana cartel, appeared before a federal magistrate Friday in Dallas to face single drug distribution conspiracy and money laundering conspiracy counts.

The charges stem from a 2010 indictment that allege the 47-year-old Rueda-Medina and 13 co-conspirators arranged to transport multi-kilogram shipments of drugs from Mexico to North Texas and used some of those drug proceeds to rent residences in Texas to store the drugs.

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