U.S. prepares to release Mexican drug trafficker Eduardo Arellano Felix known widely as "El Doctor" from prison

01/05/2021

Drug trafficker Eduardo Arellano Felix, the former head of the Tijuana Cartel who was sentenced in 2013 to 15 years in prison on charges of money laundering and conspiracy to use illicit proceeds in the United States, will be released from prison on August 18. Arellano Felix, known as "El Doctor" for having studied medicine, and who pleaded guilty to the charges to avoid trial, is in a low-security federal prison in Allentown, Pennsylvania, according to data from the Bureau of Prisons (BOP).

Eduardo Arellano Felix arrested in 2012. Image: The San Diego Union-Tribune
Eduardo Arellano Felix arrested in 2012. Image: The San Diego Union-Tribune

The 64-year-old Mexican will not complete his sentence as a result of his extensive cooperation with US authorities, which began in May 2013, when he pleaded guilty. Part of his plea agreement with the government included that he would be sentenced on only two of the seven counts on which he was indicted when he was extradited from Mexico in August 2012.

The Arellano Felix Cartel monopolized drug trafficking routes for more than 20 years through Tijuana.

Almost all court documents linked to his case are sealed, but not those of his younger brother, Francisco Javier, alias "El Tigrillo," who is also imprisoned in this country, according to the Univision network. The former leader of the group, Benjamín Arellano Félix, was extradited from Mexico in April 2011 and sentenced to 25 years in prison in a San Diego federal court in April 2012, while "El Tigrillo" is serving a life sentence following his capture in 2006 by the US Coast Guard.

By Mexicanist