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Mexican drug lord Ernesto Fonseca Carrillo ordered to pay $1M for 1985 murder of DEA agent

January 14, 2017  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Mexican drug lord Ernesto Fonseca Carrillo ordered to pay $1M for 1985 murder of DEA agent

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MEXICO CITY- A federal district court in Mexico has ordered legendary drug lord Ernesto Fonseca Carrillo “Don Neto” to pay $1 million in damages for the 1985 murder of a US Drug Enforcement agent.

An official with Mexico’s Federal Judicial Council told Proceso that the Fourth District Court for Federal Criminal Proceedings in Jalisco ruled Fonseca must pay 20.8 million pesos, which amounts to $1 million, dollars, in reparation damages to the family of DEA agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena Salazar.

The ruling was based on the jurisprudence of the Mexican High Court, in compliance with the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR), and international treaties signed by the government of Mexico with the United States.

DEA agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena was kidnapped and murdered in 1985

The 87-year-old drug lord along with his former partners Miguel Angel Felix Gallardo and Rafael Caro Quintero ordered the kidnapping of Camarena outside the US Embassy in 1985 with the complicity of corrupt Mexican officials.

The federal agent along with Alfredo Zavala-Avelar, an undercover DEA pilot endured hours of torture before both were subsequently murdered at a ranch in Guadalajara.

“Don Neto” along with Quintero and Gallardo were arrested and each sentenced to 40 years in prison.

Miguel Felix Gallardo (left), Ernesto Fonseca Carrillo, (center) and Rafael Caro Quintero (right) each were sentenced to 40 years for Camarena’s murder

Although Gallardo still remains behind bars, a judge granted Fonseca an appeal in July 2016, allowing him to finish out the remaining nine years of his prison term under house arrest due to poor health.

In 2013, a federal judge “mistakenly” released Quintero, who remains a fugitive, from custody on a “legal technicality”, a move that outraged US officials and severely strained relations between the governments of Mexico and the United States.

During the 1980’s, the Guadalajara cartel ruled supreme over the drug trafficking trade in Mexico.

Underlings who worked for the three legendary drug traffickers include Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman and Hector ‘El Guero’ Palma, the founders of the Sinaloa cartel, Vicente Carrillo Fuentes ‘Lord of the Skies’ who went on to form the Juarez Cartel, And the Arellano-Felix brothers who led the Tijuana cartel.

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