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Sandra Avila Beltran

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A Mexican federal judge threw out a five-year, money-laundering sentence for Sandra Avila Beltran, ordering the immediate release of the “Queen of the Pacific” for her alleged role as a liaison between Mexican and Colombian drug cartels.

A statement issued Saturday by the Attorney General’s Office said the judge ruled that Avila already had been tried for the same crime in Mexico and the United States.

The ruling brings to an end a saga that began in 2007, when Avila was arrested while sipping coffee in a Mexico City diner.

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