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The 'Narco of Narcos' will not be extradited to the U.S.

A Mexican judge ruled that Rafael Caro Quintero must remain in Mexican territory until the trial concludes.

Operación contra Caro Quintero en México (Cordon Press)

The 'Narco of Narcos' will not be extradited to the U.S.

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Rafel Caro Quintero will remain in México. A local judge has suspended the extradition to the United States of the so-called 'Narco of Narcos', detained since July 15. The information of the suspension was released by CNN.

Based on a treaty between México and the United States, the judicial decision responds to an amparo lawsuit, in order to guarantee the extradition procedure for Caro Quintero. The judge granted the "flat suspension" of the extradition pending the extradition process. He also indicated that Caro Quintero must remain in the place where he is being held and remain at the disposal of the court.

Rafael Caro Quintero (Flickr)


Requested by the United States

Alias 'Narco de Narcos' is one of the FBI's most wanted men, and US Attorney General Merrick Garland had requested his "immediate extradition".

Caro Quintero's arrest came three days after the meeting between President Joe Biden and his Mexican counterpart Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador in Washington. US authorities say the US was not involved in the operation.

Rafael Caro Quintero, 69, was one of the most notorious narcos of the 1980s, one of the first to ship drugs on a large scale to the United States. He was wanted for the kidnapping and murder of DEA agent Enrique Kiki Camarena (1985), and for other crimes related to drug trafficking and organized crime. A $20 million reward was offered for information leading to his capture.

The 'Narco de Narcos' was one of the founders of the Guadalajara Cartel. Although he was sentenced to 40 years in prison, a miscarriage of justice allowed him to go free in 2013.