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Gulf Cartel Plaza Boss Heads to Federal Prison

Rafael Cardenas Vela has been ordered to prison for 20 years following his conviction related to his participation in a long term drug conspiracy, announced Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent in Charge Joseph M. Arabit, Houston Division, U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson along with Special Agent in Charge Janice Ayala of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in San Antonio. Cardenas Vela, 41, is the nephew of Osiel Cardenas Guillen, convicted of federal drug charges by the Southern District of Texas in 2010, and Ezequiel “Tony Tormenta” Cardenas Guillen.

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