2 with nephew of ex-Gulf cartel boss sentenced

BROWNSVILLE, TX. (AP) - Two men arrested last fall with the nephew of the former boss of Mexico's Gulf cartel have been sentenced to time served for giving false statements to federal agents.

Court records indicate Francisco Javier Escalante-Jimenez and German Alejandro Huizar-Marroquin were sentenced by a federal judge in Brownsville on Wednesday to 126 days in prison. They have been locked up since their October arrests in Port Isabel.

The two Mexican citizens were accompanying Rafael Cardenas Vela, nephew of Osiel Cardenas Guillen, who was sentenced to 25 years in prison last year.

Records indicate Cardenas Vela presented a valid Mexican passport and U.S. visa under a false name, but later admitted to trafficking cocaine and marijuana into the U.S. He has an April trial date on drug trafficking and money laundering charges.

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