Drug lord Rafael Caro Quintero is now a free man after serving 28 years in prison.
A Mexican court overturned his 40-year sentence for the 1985 kidnapping and killing of a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent Enrique Camarena. On Wednesday the court ruled Caro Quintero was improperly tried in a federal court for a crime that should have been treated as a state offense.
An official with the Jalisco state prosecutors' office said the drug lord left prison before dawn on Friday. The official was not authorized to speak on the record. Friday the U.S. Department of Justice said the drug lord's release was “deeply troubling.” The DEA said it "will vigorously continue its efforts to ensure Caro Quintero faces charges in the United States for the crimes he committed."
60 year old Caro Quintero had sentences for other drug-related crimes but Mexico's Federal Judiciary Council said he'd served his time for those charges and allowed his release. Mexico's Attorney General said he's ``worried'' about the court's decision and his office is looking into whether or not there are other charges pending against Caro Quintero.
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