In San Diego federal court today, a 70-year-old man pleaded guilty to charges of running a Mexican drug trafficking organization that allegedly moved significant quantities of cocaine into the United States over several decades.

The man, identified as Raul Flores-Hernandez of Guadalajara, Mexico, is said to have run the Jalisco-based trafficking organization from the 1980s until 2017, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Prosecutors allege that Flores-Hernandez, also known as "El Tio," arranged for cocaine to be transported from Colombia, Peru, and Bolivia to Mexican ports, after which the drugs were moved by land into the United States.

Flores-Hernandez was arrested by Mexican authorities in 2017 and then extradited to the United States in 2021.

He pleaded guilty on Wednesday to one count of conspiracy to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine, knowing and intending that it would be imported into the United States.

For more information, Assistant U.S. Attorney Kyle Martin can be contacted at 619-546-7726.

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