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Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Mexican Drug Lord Transferred to State Prison

Drug lord Rafael Caro Quintero, who has been imprisoned since 1985, was transferred from a maximum-security Mexican federal prison to a state prison on the orders of a court, officials said.

Caro Quintero, considered one of the largest drug traffickers in Mexico in the 20th century, was serving a 40-year sentence at the Puente Grande maximum-security prison near the western city of Guadalajara.

The drug trafficker filed an appeal with a court requesting a transfer from the maximum-security federal prison to the Jalisco state penitentiary, which is also located at Puente Grande but has a lower level of security and more lax living conditions.

The Jalisco Public Safety Secretariat opposed the request, but a court ruled in favor of Caro Quintero.

The contents of the court order have not been made public.

Sinaloa cartel boss Joaquin “El Chapo” (Shorty) Guzman pulled off a Hollywood-style escape from Puente Grande on Jan. 19, 2001.

Prison employees helped Guzman, who leads Mexico’s oldest and most powerful cartel, to escape.

Sinaloa, the birthplace of many of Mexico’s drug lords, is located in northwestern Mexico.

“The reception of said inmate occurred without any incidents,” the secretariat said, referring to Caro Quintero.

Caro Quintero, a native of Sinaloa, is doing time for the murder of U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent Enrique Camarena and pilot Alfredo Zavala Avelar.

The drug kingpin was also convicted on drug, arms and explosives charges.

Caro Quintero, according to the findings of a court, deprived 4,000 people of their freedom in 1984, forcing them to work on drug plantations.


  1. Welcome home #1! I hope every1 knws that means he's getting out! Hah He knws exactly what he's doing! Mayo & Chapo are already on it! ;-)

  2. Wow. Stupid move.

  3. next step ...freedom

  4. He will be out in about 2 weeks. If that happens i'm going to be the next president!!

  5. ay wey, come on now old man(o.g.) rafa's too old but we all know what he's tryn to do,thinks he's slick.But we'll see, he might b gettin out soon. SINALOA REPRESENT NUMERO UNO FOREVER BABY

  6. COME HOME GRAND DAD, I NEED ANOTHER JOB :) O-town, Flordia Fireman



  9. Gee, Joaquin Guzman simply escaped in 2001 and is yet to be found. I wonder what happens to those guards and wardens who were left facing charges for accepting his bribes? He's so impossible to be tackled but who knows one day he might get caught or not... Osama Bin Laden probably is friends with El Chapo? They probably exhcange drugs, weapons, etc? I don't know if this is a fact, but those men know more about themselves and their lives...

  10. wtf el #1 has been free since his capture. money rules everything around him. he will never be free on paper work because extradition to usa. but hes free in mexico with paperwork saying life. lambs become lions.......


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