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Legal experts discuss Arellano-Felix case

Prosecutors and defense lawyers returned to court yesterday for a hearing in the criminal case against reputed drug lord Francisco Xavier Arellano-Felix. As leader of the infamous Arellano-Felix cartel in Tijuana, Xavier is accused of racketeering, drug trafficking and money laundering. Full Focus reporter Amita Sharma talks with two legal experts about what the arrest means for the future of drug trafficking in the Tijuana-San Diego region, and how the case against Xavier Arellano-Felix in San Diego federal court is likely to play out.


  • Gretchen Von Helm, defense attorney who has represented cartel members in previous cases.

  • John Kirby, former federal prosecutor who, as an assistant U.S. attorney, wrote the indictment against Xavier Arellano Felix.

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