(CNN in Spanish) — A Mexican judge suspended the extradition to the United States of Rafael Caro Quintero, one of the men most wanted by the FBI and who was arrested on July 15, according to a ruling known to CNN. The order to extradite him weighed against him.
The judicial decision responds to Emparo’s request, which, in accordance with the provisions of the treaty between Mexico and the United States, asked to guarantee an extradition process for Caro Quinto before the measure was executed. With this argument, the judge granted a “flat suspension” of extradition until the said process was completed. He also indicated that Caro Quintero should remain where he is and remain available for court.
Caro Quintero, known simply as “Narco de Narcos”, is considered by Mexican authorities to be the founder of the Guadalajara Cartel. He is accused of trafficking in methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine and marijuana.
A statement from the country’s navy said their recapture was achieved on July 15 in the municipality of San Simón in Sinaloa, western Mexico. Officials’ statement said the dog accompanying the operation was found in the Caro Quintero bushes.
At the time, the Attorney General’s Office reported that Caro Quintero would be transferred to the Social Rehabilitation Center No. 1 (Altiplano) in Almoloya, Mexico State.
Caro Quintero’s Record
Caro Quintero was arrested in 1985 on charges of kidnapping, torturing and murdering a DEA agent. He was then sentenced to 40 years in prison, but spent 28 years in prison because in 2013 a Mexican state court ordered his release after finding irregularities in the judicial process.
According to the FBI, the fugitive returned to drug trafficking as the top leader of the Sinaloa Cartel.
The United States Secretary of Justice, Merrick Garland, said last Friday that his country was going to demand the immediate extradition of Caro Quintero so that he could be tried “in the same justice system that Special Agent (DEA’s) Camarena defends.” Has died”.
“There is no hiding place for anyone who kidnaps, tortures and murders US law enforcement,” Garland said.
“We are very grateful to the Mexican authorities for arresting and arresting Rafael Caro Quintero. Today’s arrest is the culmination of the tireless work by the DEA and its Mexican partners to bring Caro Quintero to justice for his alleged crimes, including the DEA’s special The torture and execution of Agent Enrique ‘Kiki’ Camarena.”
one of the most wanted men
In 2018, US officials announced a $20 million reward for Caro Quintero and included him on the FBI’s list of 10 Most Wanted Fugitives.
That year Caro Quintero told journalist Annabel Hernández in an interview with the underground that he was not a drug smuggler and that he lives off the help of others. However, already in 2017, officials confirmed that he was still active in drug trafficking with “El Mayo” Zambada and that both would be leaders of the Sinaloa Cartel at the time, according to the report “National Drug Threat Assessment”. Agency United States Drug Enforcement.
Cairo Quintero is known for the kidnapping and murder of a federal agent in the Central District of California, United States, conspiracy to kidnap a federal agent, violent crime in support of organized crime, conspiracy to commit violent crime in support of organized crime, aiding and abetting was accused of. , incitement after the fact, possession with intent to distribute marijuana and cocaine, and continuing criminal enterprise, as recorded by the State Department.
“For more than 30 years, the men and women of the DEA have worked tirelessly to bring Cairo Quintero to justice,” DEA Administrator Anne Milgram said in a note to agency staff following the arrest. “Today’s arrest is the result of years of their blood, sweat and tears. Without his work, Caro Quintero would not face justice.”