Prosecutors Recommend Leniency for Key Cartel Witnesses

January 15, 2015 3:36 AM

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The U.S. attorney's office in Chicago on Wednesday recommended a lenient prison sentence of no more than 16 years for two drug cartel associates turned star witnesses, saying their father is thought to have paid for their cooperation with his life.

Filings in federal court announced a Jan. 27 sentencing date for the twin brothers from Chicago, Pedro and Margarito Flores. Prosecutors say the twins, now in their mid-30s, were once major players in a more than $1 billion U.S.-Mexican drug trafficking network, but then helped dismantle it.

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