United States Attorney’s Office, Southern District of Texas 

September 15, 2022 

Former head of Gulf Cartel receives life sentence for importing kilos of drugs 

On September 26, 2017, Jorge Costilla-Sanchez, former head of the Cartel del Golfo (CDG) from 2003 to 2012, was sentenced to life in federal prison for his role in conspiring to distribute cocaine and marijuana from Mexico into the United States. The CDG is Mexican transnational criminal organization operating in Tamaulipas, Mexico. During the time Costilla-Sanchez was the leader, he was responsible for importing over 10,000 kilograms of cocaine and 140,000 kilograms of marijuana into the United States.  

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