Sandra Avila Beltran, 52, dubbed the "Queen of the Pacific," was among 129 Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainees flown to Benito Juarez International Airport in Mexico City and turned over to authorities, The Miami Herald reported.
In April, Avila Beltran pleaded guilty to being an accessory after the fact to drug trafficking, and in July she was sentenced to 70 months in federal prison, with credit for time served.
In Mexico, she was charged with conspiracy to traffic drugs and organized crime. In 2010, a Mexican judge acquitted her of those charges, but she was extradited to Miami in 2012 on new charges of conspiring to smuggle loads of cocaine into the United States more than a decade ago, the Herald said.
"The deportation of this convicted aggravated felon, as thousands of others, is the result of the robust working relationship ICE has with the government of Mexico," Adrian P. Macias, field office director of ICE's Enforcement and Removal Operations in El Paso, Texas, said in a release.
Both Mexican and U.S. authorities said Avila Beltran is the niece of Miguel Angel Felix Gallardo, a trafficker from Guadalajara once considered the don of the Mexican drug trade. He is serving a 40 years in prison for smuggling and the 1984 murder of U.S. drug enforcement agent Enrique Camarena.
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