Caro Quintero Granted Permanent Protection against Extradiction

Mexican drug lord Rafael Caro Quintero. Photo: Google


After three weeks of diplomatic posturing over the extradition of infamous Mexican drug lord Rafael Caro Quintero to the United States to face charges for the 1985 murder of U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena, a Mexican court on Tuesday, Aug. 2, granted Caro Quintero a “definitive suspension against extradition.”

In a written decree, a federal judge granted Caro Quintero, who is currently a prisoner in the Altiplano Maximum Security Prison, a permanent injunction against the arrest warrant and incommunicado detention for extradition to the United States, which had been executed when he was detained in the community of San Simón, municipality of Choix, Sinaloa, by members of the Mexican Navy (Semar) on July 15.

Just last week, Mexico’s Attorney General’s Office (FGR) challenged the outright suspension that would prevent the transfer of the so-called “Narco of Narcos” and founder of the Guadalajara Cartel to the United States

Late Tuesday, the FGR filed a complaint and expressed grievances against the validation of the outright suspension, which was carried out by a district judge in the State of Mexico.

That resolution decree can be challenged by the FGR, in a collegiate appellate court.

The ruling comes just as tensions between the United States and Mexico are flaring up because of a legal challenge by U.S. officials regarding Mexico’s new energy policies that favor state-run, carbon-based energy sources over clean, private-sector alternatives in strict violation of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).

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