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Mexico-to-US heroin and cocaine trafficker convicted

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - Leopoldo Cabrera-Beltran, 33, of Columbus, Neb., was convicted by a federal jury on Tuesday of conspiring to illegally distribute heroin and cocaine imported from Mexico into the United States. This investigation was led by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

According to court documents and evidence presented at the three-day trial, Cabrera-Beltran recruited couriers from the Fredericksburg, Va., area to smuggle multiple-kilogram loads of heroin and cocaine from Mexico into the United States. The conspirators used secret compartments, or traps, built into passenger vehicles to hide the heroin and cocaine. Cabrera-Beltran organized drug loads to be smuggled across the border and helped distribute the narcotics once they reached the United States.

This case was investigated by ICE, with assistance from the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Internal Revenue Service.