Fugitive drug lord Caro Quintero has asked a Mexican court to void an extradition request made by the United States government. According to his lawyers, the drug lord is too poor to be a flight risk. Speaking on his behalf, his lawyers argue that he has no way of making an income.
Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has directed the national Armed Forces to patrol the streets for the next five years, to help mitigate the rising crime rate in the country. The controversial decree comes after Mexico recorded over 2,500 homicides during the month of March. It was the deadliest month since he took office in 2018.
A former drug smuggler who testified against drug lord Joaquín El Chapo Guzmán during his widely publicized trial has been sentenced to seven years in prison by a court in Brooklyn, New York. Tirso Martínez-Sánchez, 52, was arrested in Mexico in 2014 and extradited to the United States in 2015.
The Sinaloa cartel is still the leading supplier of narcotics into the United States. This is despite the arrest of kingpin Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman. This is according to the DEA. The internal power struggles and the violence associated with drug trafficking have continued unabated, but the Sinaloa Cartel has remained unfazed. This is according to DEA’s 2019 National Drug Threat Assessment report.
Today, a Mexican drug tycoon Joaquin Guzman, a 62-year-old, known as El Chapo, has been sentenced to life in prison. Guzman managed to escape from a Mexican prison through a tunnel in 2015 but was later arrested and handed over to the United States in 2017. Guzman was the leader of the Sinaloa drug trafficking group in northern Mexico, which officials say it was the largest supplier of drugs to the United States.