Organized Crime

Mexico's Sinaloa cartel enforcer 'Chino Antrax' pleads guilty to drug charges in San Diego

A top enforcer for Mexico's Sinaloa cartel has pleaded guilty in San Diego to drug charges in a wide investigation of the group in the United States.

Jose Rodrigo Arechiga Gamboa, known as "Chino Antrax," acknowledged Wednesday that he helped bring tons of cocaine and marijuana to the country from Mexico and ordered and participated in violence against cartel rivals.

His admissions came in a plea agreement with prosecutors that expose him to a maximum possible sentence of life in prison for conspiracy to import a controlled substance.

The 34-year-old defendant appeared in court under tight security nearly a year after he was extradited from the Netherlands. He was arrested in December 2013 at Amsterdam's airport after a flight from Mexico City.

Sentencing is set for Oct. 16.