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Thursday, August 11, 2022

Mexico begins the process of extradition of Caro Quintero to the US

In This Photo Provided By The Mexican Secretary Of The Navy, Two Agents Escort Drug Smuggler Rafael Caro Quintero In The Mexican State Of Sinaloa On Friday, July 15, 2022.  Caro Quintero Was Captured For Extradition Purposes In The United States In 1985 On Charges Of Torture And Death Of A Dea Agent.  The Arrest Came Nearly A Decade After Mexican Authorities Released Him For An Apparent Miscarriage Of Justice While He Was Serving A Sentence.  In A Prison In Mexico.  (Mexican Navy Secretariat Via Ap)
In This Photo Provided By The Mexican Secretary Of The Navy, Two Agents Escort Drug Smuggler Rafael Caro Quintero In The Mexican State Of Sinaloa On Friday, July 15, 2022.  Caro Quintero Was Captured For Extradition Purposes In The United States In 1985 On Charges Of Torture And Death Of A Dea Agent.  The Arrest Came Nearly A Decade After Mexican Authorities Released Him For An Apparent Miscarriage Of Justice While He Was Serving A Sentence.  In A Prison In Mexico.  (Mexican Navy Secretariat Via Ap)
In This Photo Provided By The Mexican Secretary Of The Navy, Two Agents Escort Drug Smuggler Rafael Caro Quintero In The Mexican State Of Sinaloa On Friday, July 15, 2022.  Caro Quintero Was Captured For Extradition Purposes In The United States In 1985 On Charges Of Torture And Death Of A Dea Agent.  The Arrest Came Nearly A Decade After Mexican Authorities Released Him For An Apparent Miscarriage Of Justice While He Was Serving A Sentence.  In A Prison In Mexico.  (Mexican Navy Secretariat Via Ap)

In this photo provided by the Mexican Secretary of the Navy, two agents escort drug smuggler Rafael Caro Quintero in the Mexican state of Sinaloa on Friday, July 15, 2022. Caro Quintero was captured for extradition purposes in the United States in 1985 on charges of torture and death of a DEA agent. The arrest came nearly a decade after Mexican authorities released him for an apparent miscarriage of justice while he was serving a sentence. In a prison in Mexico. (Mexican Navy Secretariat via Associated Press)

In this photo provided by the Mexican Secretary of the Navy, two agents escort drug smuggler Rafael Caro Quintero in the Mexican state of Sinaloa on Friday, July 15, 2022. Caro Quintero was captured for extradition purposes in the United States in 1985 on charges of torture and death of a DEA agent. The arrest comes nearly a decade after Mexican authorities released him for an apparent miscarriage of justice while he was serving a sentence. In a prison in Mexico. (Mexican Navy Secretariat via Associated Press)

MEXICO CITY ( Associated Press) — Drug smuggler Rafael Caro Quintero, arrested Friday in Mexico, was informed over the weekend of his legal status: he was extradited to the United States for crimes of organized crime, criminal association and kidnapping and murder. has been temporarily detained for DEA agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena, a US officer, in 1985.

A federal official who requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak confirmed to The Associated Press on Sunday that the notification was made virtually on Saturday.

With the notification, the legal process begins to achieve his extradition to the United States, whose government has been trying to put Camarena on the bench for 30 years for torture and death. Attorney General Merrick Garland said Friday that “immediate extradition” would be sought.

A judge based in Mexico City’s East Reclusorio informed Caro Quintero that his possession was deemed legal and informed him of the charges against him, the official said. Capo, considered one of the “godfathers” of Mexican drug trafficking, is being held at the Almoloya High Security Prison, 85 kilometers west of the capital.

No public hearing took place because his case was opened when Mexico had a previous penal code that did not require him.

Caro Quintero, 69, was one of the FBI’s most wanted fugitives since he was released from Mexican prison in 2013 for an apparent miscarriage of justice after spending nearly three decades behind bars for the murders of Camarena and a Mexican pilot . The FBI offered a $20 million reward for his capture.

He was arrested on Friday in an operation by the Navy and the Federal Prosecutor’s Office in the mountains of his home state of Sinaloa. Fourteen sailors participating in the operation’s security work died when the Black Hawk helicopter they were traveling in fell down. The Navy said everything indicates it was an accident, the cause of which is being investigated.

The official said Caro Quintero had two other arrest warrants in Mexico, but for extradition purposes dating back to 2013.

The United States filed it after his release from prison, a release, although it was soon reversed by Mexican authorities, inciting Washington’s outrage as Capo disappeared in the blink of an eye and returned to his criminal activities.

The US government now has 60 calendar days to submit a formal request for extradition and all evidence deemed necessary, procedures that are carried out through the Mexican Foreign Ministry. Thereafter, the judge handling the case will decide whether to proceed.

Within that period, Caro Quintero’s lawyers can present evidence and evidence they deem appropriate to avoid extradition or slow down the process, which is what lawyers for this type of detainee usually do.

Extradition procedures are usually lengthy, although their agility depends on the political will and legal loopholes of countries to pursue the issue in which accused may seek asylum to avoid it.

In the case of Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, the former leader of the Sinaloa Cartel, it took a year. He is currently serving a life sentence in the United States.

Caro Quintero, born in the Guzmán-like city of Badiraguato, was one of the founders of the Guadalajara cartel and, according to the DEA, one of the main suppliers of heroin, cocaine and marijuana to the United States in the 1970s and 1980s. The state bordering present-day Arizona was fighting for control of strategic areas for drug trafficking in Sonora.

In 1984, Caro Quintero blamed Camarena for a raid on a huge marijuana plantation. The following year, the US agent was kidnapped and his tortured body was found a month later. Capo was first caught in Costa Rica in 1985.

DEA chief Anne Milgram celebrated the arrest as “the result of years of blood, sweat and tears” and, as she said, the result of the work done by her team with Mexican authorities, although the US embassy pointed to this as a tactical There were no arrests of officials from that country in the operation.

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