Drug boss who trafficked cocaine and meth on behalf of MS-13 and Mexican Mafia gets 17 years in prison

By David Amoruso for Gangsters Inc.

A kingpin at the center of a narcotics trafficking plot on behalf of notorious gangs MS-13 and the Mexican Mafia received over 17 years in prison this week. 52-year-old Nelson "Mula" Alexander Flores was sentenced for trafficking large quantities of methamphetamine into the United States from Mexico for the MS-13 street gang and the Mexican Mafia prison gang.

According to information presented in court, between 2018 and May 2020, Flores coordinated with and supplied others with pound quantities of methamphetamine from various sources in Mexico, which was then distributed throughout the United States.

“This defendant was responsible for moving more than 100 pounds of methamphetamine and cocaine a month on behalf of violent international street and prison gangs,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Andrew R. Haden. “He imported these drugs into San Diego from Mexico, before they were sent to poison other communities throughout the United States.”

Originally a member of MS-13, Flores hooked up with the Mexican Mafia while doing time in the mid-2000s. After getting out of prison in 2011, he used his connections with “La Eme” and set up a drug trafficking operation across the border in Tijuana, Mexico.

That he was able to move freely between both worlds – between MS-13 and the Mexican Mafia – is a sign of how respected Flores is.

Flores is also serving a five-year sentence in federal prison for his role in an MS-13 RICO case to which he pleaded guilty in the Southern District of Ohio. The court ruled that Flores’ term of imprisonment in the Southern District of California case will run consecutive to the term of imprisonment in the Southern District of Ohio RICO case.

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