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Mexican drug lord Vicente Carrillo Fuentes scores two appeal victories in Mexican federal courts

January 8, 2017  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Mexican drug lord Vicente Carrillo Fuentes scores two appeal victories in Mexican federal courts

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Infamous drug lord Vicente Carrillo Fuentes aka “El Viceroy” — the alleged leader of the Juárez Cartel, managed to score two major Amparo appeal victories against the Mexican government last year.

The most recent appellate victory came in December, after a federal court in Mexico City granted Carillo Fuentes protection against additional charges filed by prosecutors in the state of Mexico for kidnapping and organized crime, El Universal reported.

The appellate judge ordered a reassessment of evidence, including questionable testimony given by a protected witness and provided by the Mexican Attorney General’s Office (PGR) in 2008 and 2009, which prosecutors used to pursue the new round of charges against Carillo-Fuentes.

As a result of the ruling, the Sixth District Judge in Matters of Federal Criminal Proceedings in Toluca shall issue a new constitutional term to determine whether or not Carrillo Fuentes is subject to stand trial for the latest organized crime charges.

‘El Viceroy’ seen here during his interrogation after his arrest in 2014 in Terreón, Coahuila

Carillo Fuentes was apprehended on October 9, 2014, in Torreón, Coahuila, and has since remained in the West Federal Penitentiary in the state of Jalisco.

The alleged cartel boss also had a second appeal granted in July by the Fourth Unit Court in Criminal Matters in Mexico City for a reassessment of charges from his previous conviction stemming from the 1998 so-called “Maxi Proceso” interdiction case, which resulted in arrest warrants against 110 members and associates of the Juarez cartel.

The magistrate judge ruled that prosecutors used methods to prosecute Carillo Fuentes that constituted a violation of procedure.

Consequently, the Sixth District Judge in Federal Criminal Procedures of Jalisco must now reinstate the case and analyze the evidence offered by the PGR to determine whether to reissue a formal arrest warrant against Carillo Fuentes.

Vicente Carrillo Fuentes is the brother of late Amado Carrillo Fuentes, known better as “Lord of the Skies,” leader of the Juarez Drug Cartel, recognized as one of the richest drug traffickers of all time

“El Viceroy” is the brother of the legendary drug lord Amado Carillo Fuentes, also known as “Señor de Los Cielos” or “Lord of the Skies,” who died in 1997 while undergoing extensive plastic surgery to change his appearance to evade U.S. and Mexican authorities.

Vicente Carrillo Fuentes assumed leadership of the Juarez cartel after the death of his brother.

However, in 2006, he soon found himself in a bloody war against the Sinaloa cartel for control of Ciudad Juarez, which would result in ten thousand deaths over a four-year-period.

In 1998, the U.S. Attorney’s Office indicted Carrillo Fuentes on 46 charges, including money laundering, cocaine trafficking, marijuana trafficking, and ordering the execution of DEA informants.

He also faces a similar narcotics indictment out of Brooklyn’s Eastern District court.

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