Makati court finds alleged Sinaloa Mexican cartel member guilty of illegal drug sale

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 13) — An alleged member of Mexico's powerful Sinaloa drug cartel was convicted on Wednesday for selling illegal drugs in the Philippines.

Makati City Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 63 Judge Selma Palacio Alaras found Horacio Hernandez Herrera guilty beyond reasonable doubt for the sale of 2.5 kilos of cocaine worth $2,500 in January 2015 in Makati City.

He was sentenced to life imprisonment and ordered to pay a fine of P500,000 to P10 million.

The Department of Justice said Herrera is a mid-level member of the Sinaloa cartel that is engaged in the supply of shabu, ecstasy, and cocaine in Metro Manila and nearby provinces.

The cartel's founder, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzmán, was captured in Mexico in January 2016 and extradited to the United States a year later.

Guzmán on Tuesday was found guilty of 10 federal criminal accounts against him, including engaging in a continuing criminal enterprise, conspiracy to launder narcotics proceeds, international distribution of cocaine, heroin, marijuana and other drugs, and use of firearms.

Related: What the 'El Chapo' Guzmán verdict means for the powerful Sinaloa cartel