image source, Agence Anadolu image caption Vicente Carrillo Fuentes, known as the viceroy, led the Juarez cartel until his arrest
A Mexican court sentenced the former head of One of the largest drug trafficking cartels in the country at 28 years in prison.
Vicente Carrillo Fuentes took control of the Juarez cartel after his brother died in botched plastic surgery in 1997.
Thousands of people have been murdered in turf wars between rival cartels.
The Juarez cartel has lost much of its power since the arrest of Vicente Carrillo Fuentes in 2014.
Vicente Carrillo Fuentes, known as Viceroy, was convicted of drug trafficking and organized crime.
The 58-year-old was one of the most wanted men in the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) for whose capture they offered a reward of 5 million dollars (£ 3.6 million).
image source, image caption For decades the DEA and Mexican police have tried to find Vicente Carrillo Fuentes
He was arrested at a police checkpoint in the Mexican state of Coahuila, in northern Mexico, in October 2014, with one of his bodyguards.
Police said he kept a "low profile
Vicente Carrillo Fuentes became the leader of the Juarez cartel after the death of his older brother Amado , known as the Lord of the Skies for his talent for smuggling large amounts of drugs into his private fleet of planes.
Amado Carrillo Fuentes had taken control of the Juarez cartel after killingits former leader, Rafael Aguilar Guajardo.
Under The Lord of Heaven, the cartel became one of the main criminal organizations in Mexico as it took control of most of the cocaine trafficking to the United States.
Like his younger brother, The Lord of Heaven rarely allowed himself to be photographed.
In 199 7, Amado Carrillo Fuentes went to a Mexican hospital to undergo plastic surgery in order to change his appearance and escape capture.
He died as a result of the botched operation. The doctors who performed it were killed a few months later.
Vicente Carrillo Fuentes has set up a complex financial structure to launder the proceeds of the cartel 's drug trafficking.
But during his tenure at the helm, the Juarez cartel entered into a bloody rivalry with the Sinaloa Cartel, led by Joaquin "El Chapo " Guzman.
The battle with his rivals from Sinaloaseriously weakened the Juarez cartel, but it is still believed to be behind a large number of murders in his stronghold of Ciudad Juarez.
The 28-year sentence of Vicente Carrillo Fuentes prison takes into account the years he has already spent in prison since his arrest.
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