Mexican judge sentenced drug lord Vicente Carrillo Fuentes to 28 years in prison for organized crime, money laundering and possession of weapons
MEXICO CITY – A Mexican judge has sentenced drug lord Vicente Carrillo Fuentes to 28 years in prison for organized crime, money laundering and weapons violations, prosecutors said on Tuesday.
Carillo Fuentes was a former head of the Juarez drug cartel, based in the border town of Ciudad Juarez, across from El Paso, Texas. He is the brother of drug lord Amado Carrillo Fuentes, known as the “Lord of Heaven”, who died in botched plastic surgery in 1997.
Vicente Carrillo Fuentes, 58, took over the cartel that year and was arrested in 2014. Known by his nickname “Viceroy,” he continued his brother’s activity of smuggling drugs into the country. beyond the border, prosecutors said.
In 2018, local media reported that he was among inmates who signed a letter complaining about the increased price of snacks at a prison station.
Also on Tuesday, the Mexican government announced it would release 682 detainees tried or serving sentences for non-violent crimes because they are over 70, terminally ill, have been tortured or belong to an indigenous group. . The government issued a decree in August authorizing such releases, and more than 4,000 cases are under review.
A separate measure, an April 2020 amnesty law, proposed to free indigenous peoples who had not received adequate defense, poor people convicted of non-violent drug offenses, and those pressured to commit crimes. crimes by drug cartels. But only five people had been released a year later, out of 1,000 requests.