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Mexican Court Reduces Sentences of Drug Cartel Kingpins

A Mexican court has reduced the prison sentences of two brothers who were convicted of heading a drug cartel that smuggled tons of methamphetamine into the United States.

Jose de Jesus Amezcua Thursday had a 53-year prison sentence reduced to 28 years. His brother, Adan, had his sentence cut from 22 years to nine-and-a-half years. No reason was given for the reduction in sentences.

The original sentences were handed down in September of last year.

Authorities say the brothers, dubbed the "methamphetamine kings," led a drug ring that imported chemical ingredients from Europe, India and Pakistan, and manufactured the stimulant for export to the United States.

A court in the U.S. state of California has indicted Jose de Jesus Amezcua and another brother, Luis, on drug charges. Mexican authorities have refused to extradite the brothers.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP, and Reuters.