The alleged “Queenpin” of Mexico’s west coast drug trade, once celebrated in song as the “queen of the pacific,” faces drug trafficking charges.
Sandra Avila Beltran, who allegedly once controlled cocaine traffic from Colombia via Mexico to the U.S. Pacific coast, had been held by Mexican authorities since she was pulled over and arrested in her BMW in 2007.
She was indicted by a federal grand jury in 2004 on two counts of cocaine trafficking. She had fought extradition while in Mexican custody, but arrived in Florida earlier today and appeared in court this afternoon. She is scheduled to be arraigned next Tuesday.