Federal judge suspends extradition of Rafael Caro Quintero indefinitely

A Federal court granted the first indefinite suspension to drug trafficker Rafael Caro Quintero against his immediate extradition to the United States, so the delivery of the founder of the Guadalajara cartel will only be possible until the entire process provided for in current laws and agreements is completed.

According to the file of the amparo trial 1204/2022, the First District Judge for Amparo and Federal Trials based in Toluca, State of Mexico, Abigaíl Ocampo Álvarez, granted the definitive suspension to Caro Quintero, so that he is not extradited until the conclusion of the amparo proceeding filed in his name.

In the aforementioned means of appeal, the capo accused of the murder of the former agent of the United States Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA, for its acronym in English), Enrique Camarena Salazar,Kiki Camarena; he will be represented by a court-appointed attorney, due to the fact that the capo argued that he did not have the financial resources to hire a private attorney.

The indefinite suspension can still be challenged by the Attorney General’s Office (FGR) before a collegiate court that can confirm, modify or revoke the determination of the imparter of justice.

On the electronic platforms of the Federal Judiciary Council, the judge in the case also reports that she received copies of the criminal proceeding in which Caro Quintero was convicted. to 40 years in prison for the murder of Camarena and the Mexican pilot Alfredo Zavalaconviction that has already been ratified by a federal court.

It should be noted that two other amparo lawsuits filed before federal judges in Sonora and Jalisco against the extradition process are still in force, while a fourth legal appeal filed against solitary confinement has already been dismissed.

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Caro Quintero faces 13 criminal charges before United States courtssome of which are directly related to Camarena’s murder, while others are for his alleged return to drug trafficking.

The founder of the extinct Guadalajara Cartel was recaptured by members of the Secretary of the Navy (Semar) after being a fugitive for almost nine years, taking advantage of an injunction granted him by a federal court in August 2013, which was revoked by the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation (SCJN) in 2015.


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