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Kingpin who oversaw drug distribution, crimes of violence in Fallbrook and other No. County communities gets 35 years in prison


Last updated 10/25/2013 at Noon

SAN DIEGO - An Escondido man was sentenced to 35 years in prison today, Friday, Oct. 25, for his role in a network of drug distribution and crimes of violence.

Rudy Espudo, 41, was the lead defendant in a major organized-crime prosecution involving a Mexican Mafia prison gang.

He was convicted in August 2012 of conspiracy to distribute narcotics -- cocaine and methamphetamine -- and brandishing a gun during a violent crime in connection with his duties in overseeing the activities of gang members throughout much of northern San Diego County.

The length of the prison term handed down by U...

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