Sandra Ávila Beltrán
a/k/a “La Reina de Pacifica”
Sandra Ávila Beltrán (born October 11, 1960) is a Mexican drug cartel leader, dubbed "La Reina de Pacífica" (The Queen of the Pacific) by the media. She was arrested on September 28, 2007, and charged with organized crime and conspiracy to traffic drugs.
Some charges were later dropped but she was still held for possession of illegal weapons and money laundering, pending her extradition to the U.S.
On August 10, 2012, she was extradited to the U.S. to answer to criminal charges of money laundering by the U.S. government.
Mexican and U.S. officials considered her an important link between the Sinaloa Cartel in Mexico and the Colombian Norte del Valle Cartel.
She is believed to be a high ranking member of the Sinaloa Cartel.
On December 17, 2012, Ávila Beltrán was sentenced to 56 months in Federal prison in the U.S.
On July 30, 2013, Sandra Ávila Beltrán BOP Register Number 98356-004 was successfully treaty transferred back to Mexico. (2)