A US judge has sentenced the former number two leader of the Tijuana drug cartel, Eduardo Arellano Felix, to 15 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to money laundering.

"Arellano's crimes had "terrible effects ... And for that, you should be ashamed" , US District Judge Larry Burns said on Monday. 

Arellano Felix entered a guilty plea as part of a deal with prosecutors under which he also agreed to pay $50m.

He was arrested after a firefight with Mexican authorities in October 2008 and extradited to US a year ago.

He had initially pleaded "not guilty," but changed his plea in May.

His brothers Eduardo, Francisco Javier and Benjamin Arellano Felix are all serving prison terms in US. 

Source: Agencies