Mexico worries about scorn if another drug lord is released


Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador worried Monday that yet another shadowy release of a drug lord is about to make Mexico a target of international ridicule.

Almost eight years ago, drug lord Rafael Caro Quintero walked out of a Mexican prison late at night with an improperly ordered release. He has since returned to drug trafficking and unleashed bloody turf battles in northern Mexico border state of Sonora.

On Saturday, another top capo of the Sinaloa cartel was about to walk in similar circumstances.


Mexico Supreme Court overturns drugs lord’s release

Mexican Supreme CourtBBC News, 11/07/2013

Mexico’s Supreme Court has overturned a decision by an appeals court to free one of the country’s first drug cartel chiefs three months ago.

Rafael Caro Quintero served 28 of a 40-year sentence for murdering a US agent, but a judge ruled he should have been tried by a state, not a federal court.The latest decision means Caro Quintero, who has vanished since his release in August, is a fugitive.

US authorities are offering a reward for information leading to his capture.

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Mexican officials detail irregularities in freeing of drug lord convicted in US agent’s death

Associated Press via The Washington Post, 9/11/2013

handcuffsThe Mexican court that freed drug lord Rafael Caro Quintero seriously violated criminal procedures by failing to quickly notify the Attorney General’s Office, preventing it from acting to block the release, two of Mexico’s highest-ranking legal officials said Tuesday amid meetings with U.S. officials.

Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam told reporters in Washington that the release involved “serious violations” of procedure, including the court’s failure to wait 10 days to check that there were no outstanding charges against the person about to be freed.

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Mexico drugs lord Caro Quintero’s release angers US

hands in handcuffsBBC News, 8/10/2013

The US has reacted angrily to the early release by a Mexico court of a drugs lord who served 28 years in prison for the kidnap and murder of a US agent. The court cut short Rafael Caro Quintero’s 40-year sentence for the 1985 killing of US Drug Enforcement agent Enrique Camarena. It ruled that Caro Quintero, now 60, should have been tried in a state rather than a federal court. The Drug Enforcement Agency said the move was “deeply troubling”.

The murder strained US-Mexico ties and changed the war on drugs trafficking. Caro Quintero is still listed as one of the DEA’s five top international fugitives, and the US authorities believe he has been controlling drugs money from behind bars.

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Mexico drug kingpin Caro Quintero ordered released

5582822219_182abf7ec5_oBloomberg-Businessweek, 8/9/2013

A Mexican court on Friday ordered the release of infamous drug lord Rafael Caro Quintero after 28 years in prison for the 1985 kidnap and killing of a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent, a brutal murder that marked a low point in U.S.-Mexico relations.

The court overturned Caro Quintero’s 40-year sentence for the murder of Enrique Camarena, ruling he was improperly tried in a federal court for a crime that should have been treated as a state offense. A court official who was not authorized to speak on the record said that Caro Quintero would be released because he had already served his time on other charges.

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