|Arnoldo Rueda-Medina, 48, boss of the La Familia Michoacan drug cartel, whose arrest led to the revenge killing of 12 Mexican police officers, has been sentenced to over 43 years in federal prison.|
U.S. District Judge Ed Kinkeade also ordered him to pay $5 million in fines – an amount the judge acknowledged was a “drop in the bucket.” Known as “La Minsa,” Rueda-Medina pleaded guilty in September 2017 to one count of conspiracy with intent to distribute drugs and one count of conspiracy to launder money.
|Cartel members unsuccessfully tried to free Rueda-Medina after his arrest, attacking the police station where he was held and engaging in a firefight with police on the streets of Morelia in Michoacan. Four officers and two Mexican Marines were killed.|
|On July 13, 2009, a group of 12 officers were kidnapped, tortured, and murdered. A note found at the scene where the bodies were dumped stated ‘Vengan por otro, los estamos esperando’ (‘Come for another, we are waiting for you’).|
Formed in the 1980s, La Familia Michoacan is accused of producing massive amounts of methamphetamine in laboratories in Michoacan.