Mexico’s ‘King of Heroin’ pleads guilty

The Boston Globe, 3/18/2011

The man dubbed Mexico’s “King of Heroin,’’ who was pocketing up to $260,000 a week in California drug sales, pleaded guilty yesterday in a Ventura County courtroom to conspiring to sell narcotics.

Jose Antonio Medina Arreguin, also known as Don Pepe, faces up to 24 years in prison when he’s sentenced April 13, prosecutor David Russell said.

When Arreguin was arrested last year, investigators said the 36-year-old resident of Apatzingan, Mexico, was the leader of an elaborate, multimillion-dollar smuggling operation that once moved an estimated 440 pounds of heroin a month into Oxnard, Downey, Los Angeles, Long Beach, and San Jose.

The news media in Mexico dubbed him King of Heroin.

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