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Prosecutors in Mexico officially charge cartel godfather, El Guero Palma with 1995 murders of two police officials

July 2, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Prosecutors in Mexico officially charge cartel godfather, El Guero Palma with 1995 murders of two police officials

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A federal judge in Mexico has issued a formal arrest warrant for Hector Palma-Salazar, also known as ‘El Guero’ Palma, founder of the Sinaloa Cartel along with Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, on multiple organized crime and murder charges.

As Jammed Up News reported, Palma-Salazar was released from a U.S. Federal lockup in Atwater, California on June 11th after serving a nine-year sentence on drug-related charges and was subsequently deported back to Mexico.

U.S. Federal Marshals transferred custody of the legendary cartel figure over to Mexican authorities in Matamoros. He was then put on a plane, flown to Mexico City and taken to the Altiplano prison, the same detention center where El Chapo pulled off his daring July 2015 escape through a 1.5-mile tunnel.

Pictured: First images of El Guero Palma in his new Mexican prison cell as he face charged for the murders of two police officials in 1995

Pictured: First images of El Guero Palma in his new Mexican prison cell as he faces charged for the murders of two police officials in 1995

The warrant charges El Guerro with the 1995 executions of a top Judicial police commander and his bodyguard in Nayarit, according to Proceso.

A spokesman for the Attorney General’s Office said: “In compliance with an official arrest warrant issued by the Fourth Federal District Judge of Criminal Proceedings in the State of Jalisco, residing in Puente Grande. Hector Palma Salazar was admitted to the Federal Center for Social Rehabilitation, (“Altiplano” Almoloya de Ju├írez.”)

The AG’s office said officials delivered the warrant to a judge in the Federal District Court of Criminal Proceedings in the State of Mexico, based in Toluca.

The judge overseeing the district region encompassing Nayarit then issued the official detention order aginst ‘El Guero’ Palma for his alleged role in the murder of deputy commander of the Judicial Police Antonio Contreras and his escort Jose Cruz Guerrero.

El Guero Palma was released from a U.S. federal lockup on June 11th

El Guero Palma was released from a U.S. federal lockup on June 11th

Both men were gunned down on the Federal Highway near the town of Trigomil, Nayarit. Law enforcement officials uncovered evidence at the time suggesting ‘El Guero’ Palma had ordered the hit on Contreras because of his alleged ties to the Tijuana Cartel, led by Arrellano-Felix brothers, the hated rivals of the Sinaloa Cartel.

In 2007, Palma-Salazar was deported to the U.S. along with ten other high-ranking cartel figures where he would plead guilty to charges listed in a drug trafficking indictment and sentenced to 16 years in prison.

A U.S. federal district court judge credited Palma-Salazar with 82 months time served in a Mexican prison while he awaited extradition. His good behavior time saw his sentence reduced even further down to nine years.

‘El Guero’ Palma along with his close friend ‘El Chapo’ and Amado Carrillo Fuentes, also referred to as the “Lord the Skies” all started out working for the Guadalajara Cartel, led by a triad of historical capos recognized as the Godfathers of Mexican drug trafficking, Rafael Caro Quintero, Ernesto Fonseca Carrillo, and Miguel Angel Felix Gallardo.

After authorities had arrested Quintero, Felix-Gallardo, and Carrillo for the 1985 killing of DEA agent Enrique Kiki Camarena, Guzman and Palma-Salazar founded the Sinaloa Cartel, which is now recognized by law enforcement agencies in the U.S. and Mexico as the largest transnational drug trafficking organization in the world.

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