The Washington Post

Drug lord’s extraditio­n to U.S. to be delayed


The extraditio­n of drug trafficker Rafael Caro Quintero, captured in the mountains of northwest Mexico, will not happen quickly, according to a judge’s ruling published Monday.

The judge issued what amounts to an injunction preventing Caro Quintero from being sent to the United States without going through the formal extraditio­n process.

After Caro Quintero’s arrest Friday, the U.S. government said it would seek his “immediate extraditio­n.” That process began Saturday, but, as expected, Caro Quintero’s attorneys intervened.

The man allegedly responsibl­e for the murder of DEA agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena in 1985 was captured in the state of Sinaloa. Few details about the capture have been made public.

Caro Quintero had blamed Camarena for a raid on a marijuana plantation in 1984. The next year, Camarena was kidnapped in Guadalajar­a, allegedly on orders from Caro Quintero. His tortured body was found a month later.

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