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Mexican drug lord Ernesto Fonseca Carrillo released from prison

July 28, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Mexican drug lord Ernesto Fonseca Carrillo released from prison

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The Mexican government has released Drug lord Ernesto “Don Neto” Fonseca Carrillo, after serving 30 years for the 1985 murder of a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent.

The Ministry of National Security (CNS) expedited the release of Ernesto Fonseca Carrillo, widely known as ‘Don Neto,’ who will serve out the remainder of his 40-year prison sentence on house arrest due to poor health, Miguel Ángel Osorio Chong, head of the Interior Ministry confirmed on Wednesday.

“We exhausted all legal resources to keep this subject in prison, the decision made by a judge is an obligation we must abide by,” Osorio Chong said.

Officials transferred the 86-year-old Fonseca Carrillo to a home in Mexico state, where he will remain in the care of his wife, according to Eduardo Guerrero, the chief of federal prisons.

Authorities will have four security guards stationed around the clock outside the house, which will have the perimeters monitored by closed circuit security cameras and will also require Fonceca Carrillo to wear an electronic bracelet.

According to Proceso, the drug lord, who reportedly has cancer and is blind, underwent a medical procedure at the Puente Grande Prison in Jalisco before he was transported to Mexico City.

‘Don Neto’ once ruled supreme over the Mexican drug trade along with Rafael Caro Quintero and Miguel Ángel Félix Gallardo as the founders of the now dismantled Guadalajara Cartel, the organization that would spawn the Sinaloa, Juarez, and Tijuana Cartels.

All three men were arrested and subsequently sentenced to 40 years in 1985 for their role in the kidnapping, torture, and murder of United States DEA agent Enrique ‘Kiki’ Camarena Salazar.

U.S. officials gave no immediate response to the news of Fonseca Carrillo’s release.

Michael Vigil, the DEA’s former head of international operations said it’s likely Fonseca still maintains contact with top drug trafficking figures in Mexico and Colombia, and could even act in an advisory role for existing criminal organizations but doubts he would head up a drug operation.

“He can certainly provide advice, provide political connections, things of that nature,” said Vigil, who he called a”psychopathic killer of the first magnitude.”

Vigil said the 40-year sentence Fonseca received was lenient, “It really is very frustrating to the DEA simply because he was responsible for the killing of Enrique Camarena in the most horrific manner.”

When you take into consideration all the people that he was responsible for killing, you know, they were never given any kind of reprieve by this individual and they were shown absolutely no mercy,” Vigil added.

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