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Mexico's Supreme Court overturns drug lord release

Published On: Nov 06 2013 04:17:42 PM CST   Updated On: Jan 16 2014 06:46:35 PM CST

The undated file photo distributed by the Mexican government shows Rafael Caro Quintero, considered the grandfather of Mexican drug trafficking. A Mexican court has ordered the release of Caro Quintero after 28 years in prison for the 1985 kidnapping and killing of U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent Enrique Camarena, a brutal murder that marked a low-point in U.S.-Mexico relations. (AP Photo/File)


Mexico's Supreme Court has voted to overturn an appeals court decision to release drug lord Rafael Caro Quintero, and is ordering the court to reconsider the case.
Caro Quintero walked free In August after a federal court overturned his 40-year sentence for the 1985 torture-killing of U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent Enrique Camarena.
The three-judge appeals court annulled Caro Quintero's sentence on procedural grounds, saying he should have been tried in a state court instead of federal court. However, many jurists argued he should have been retried, not released.
A panel of five Supreme Court justices voted 4-1 to overturn the release, technically making Caro Quintero a fugitive.
The U.S. State Department is offering a reward of up to $5 million for information leading to his arrest and conviction.


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