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US attorney in Chicago announces new cartel charges

CHICAGO (AP) -

Prosecutors in Chicago have announced new charges against alleged operatives with a Mexican cartel hours after two major traffickers got sharply reduced sentences for becoming informants against that cartel.

A federal judge sentenced Pedro and Margarito Flores to 14 years in prison Tuesday. Without their cooperation, the judge said they would have been given life.

U.S. Attorney Zachary Fardon characterized their cooperation as extraordinary. He says their reduced sentences should illustrate to criminals that, "You can right some of what you did wrong ... by helping the government."

The Flores twins oversaw a trafficking ring that spanned North America. They began spilling secrets about the Sinaloa cartel and its leader, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, in 2008.

Most of the new charges are against already indicted cartel figures.

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