In San Diego Federal Court Doctor Eduardo Arellano Felix pleaded guilty yesterday to charges that will send him to federal prison for 15 years.
The 56-year-old Felix is the last male of his immediate drug-running family to be either caught or killed. He admitted in court that he had been a key player in the Arellano Felix cartel that shipped hundreds of millions of dollars in laundered money from the U.S. to Mexico.
One of Felix’s brothers who founded the Tijuana-based cartel was shot and killed by Mexican police. Two others are in American prisons.
Felix was extradited from Mexico last summer and held in federal custody in San Diego. He had been captured in a 2008 shootout at his compound in Tijuana while keeping his 11-year-old daughter nearby.
Felix’s 54-year-old sister, Enedina Arellano Félix de Toledo, is suspected to be the leader of the powerful Tijuana Cartel, and – according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration – may well be the only female leader of a major drug organization in the world.