Cartel ‘Queen of the Pacific’ set for big money Netflix windfall after court win

A former top female cartel boss will be raking it in after winning a court battle against a top Mexican television network and streaming giants Netflix.

Sandra Avila Beltran had taken Telemundo to court over the use of her image for its La Reina del Sur (Queen of the Pacific) series without her permission.

Mexico-born Beltran was arrested in 2007 on charges relating to organised crime and conspiracy to traffic drugs.

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She was shipped off to the United States and jailed for 70 months in 2013, eventually being released just two years later.

The former crime boss now lives in Guadalajara, and is thought to be a link between several gangs and the infamous Sinaloa Cartel.

A show based on her story was made, and streamed on Netflix, but her image was used without asking.

It was never confirmed officially that the show was based on her, but enough of a link was made that Beltran was angered enough to take the fight to court.

And she has now successfully won against Telemundo, who ended up having to pay her around £250k in damages.

However, the judge also told the television company and streaming giants Netflix, where the show is found, to pay her around 40% of royalties received for the programme.

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It is thought that this could reach upwards of more than £120million, Borderland Beat claims.

The ruling said: “Telemundo Network Group, LLC has committed the commercial infringement provided for in section II of article 231 of the Federal Copyright Law, having used the image of Sandra Ávila Beltrán, an applicant for the infringement, without authorization and for indirect profit.”

The court battle went on for around eight months.

It is now thought that she will also be going after Mexican bands who have released songs about her and made money from them, too.

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