Thursday, November 7, 2013

México: US Offers Reward of Up to $5 Million for Information leading to Arrest of Caro Quintero

According to The Latin American Tribune, México’s Supreme Court on Wednesday (November 6) overturned the ruling that voided the conviction of drug lord Rafael Caro Quintero for the murder of a US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agent and led to his release from prison.

The decision means that Caro Quintero, one of México’s most prominent drug traffickers in the 1980s, could end up prison once again – if he can be found.

Caro Quintero, 61, disappeared after leaving a penitentiary in the western state of Jalisco in the wee hours of August 9.

COMMENT: One of the founders of the now-defunct Guadalajara cartel, Caro Quintero had been behind bars since 1985 for a raft of offenses, including the abduction, torture and killing of the DEA’s Enrique “Kiki” Camarena.

A federal appellate panel in Jalisco ordered Caro Quintero freed after concluding he had served his sentences for drugs and racketeering and that the penalty imposed for Camarena’s murder was invalid because of a jurisdictional error in the original trial.

The Supreme Court’s ruling amounts to a sharp reprimand of three lower-court judges, José Felix Davalos, Rosa Isabel Moreno Ruíz and Lucio Lira Martínez, who ordered Caro Quintero’s release even though he faced four murder charges.