Carlos Landin Martinez was convicted Wednesday of nine counts of drug trafficking, money laundering and conspiracy. He is the retired commander of the state police in Tamaulipas, Mexico. He was also the number two drug Gulf Cartel leader in the Mexican city of Reynosa.
According to this Newsmax article, from 2005 to 2007, smugglers who wanted to move drugs across the border around Reynosa had to pay Landin a "piso," or tax. He was recognized by a DEA agent in a supermarket in McAllen, Texas last year and that led to his apprehension.
Here's just another example of the culture of corruption in Mexico. If this dirtbag didn't decide to go shopping in the USA, he'd still be free as a bird south of the border.