Three former lieutenants of Tijuana's Arellano Felix drug cartel have pleaded guilty to federal racketeering and conspiracy charges. Jorge Aureliano Felix, who agreed to forfeit $1 million, faces a potential a 30-year prison term for his role in the once-powerful organized crime group that shipped hundreds of tons of cocaine and marijuana into the U.S.
Armando Martinez Duarte, a former federal police officer in Baja California, admitted protecting drug shipments and leaking information. Another lieutenant, Efrain Perez, pleaded guilty with Martinez last week. Aureliano pleaded guilty on Wednesday.