Mexico extradites drug lord to US

Mexican authorities on Wednesday extradited to the United States convicted drug trafficker Miguel Caro Quintero, brother of 1980s cartel kingpin Rafael Caro Quintero, the attorney general's office said.
Miguel Caro Quintero, alias "Michael Jackson," was handed over to US federal authorities after spending some eight years in prison in Mexico, the attorney general's office said in a statement.

The two brothers were accused of heading a crime syndicate from 1983 to 1994 dedicated to importing and distributing marijuana in the United States.
Rafael, who for decades was known in Mexico as "the drug lord of drug lords," is incarcerated in a maximum security Mexican prison for the 1985 killing of US Drug Enforcement Administration agent Enrique "Kiki" Camarena.
Caro Quintero brings to 203 the number of people extradited by Mexico to different countries, including 195 to the United States, since December 2006, when President Felipe Calderon took office.
The extradition occured on the day US authorities arrested 52 members of Mexico's Sinaloa drug cartel as part of a massive, 21-month anti-drug sweep which netted a total of 750 people.

Wednesday, February 25th 2009

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