- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 3, 2014

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The federal prosecutor in New Orleans says a Mexican drug cartel member has been sentenced to serve 33 years and nine months in prison for getting cocaine into the U.S.

U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite (puh-LEET) says District Judge Sarah Vance found that Efrain Grimaldo was responsible for bringing in 3,600 pounds of cocaine as a member of Los Zetas Cartel.

Investigators testified that the conspirators supplied cocaine to a Houma street gang called the “Up Da Bayou Boyz.”

Polite says the cartel sent cocaine throughout the U.S., including New York, Detroit, Baltimore, Jackson, Mississippi; Pensacola, Florida; and Dover, Delaware.

Grimaldo was convicted in February of conspiracy to possess and distribute at least 5 kilograms of cocaine.

One codefendant has pleaded guilty and another was recently extradited from Mexico for trial.

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