A veteran Mexican drug lord convicted of the homicide of a U.S. spy has been granted home arrest as a result of his deteriorating well being, authorities mentioned Tuesday. Miguel Angel Felix Gallardo was thought-about Mexico’s strongest drug trafficker when he was arrested for the homicide of U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena in 1985.
Known as the “Boss of Bosses” (“Jefe de jefes”), the 76-year-old founder of the Guadalajara cartel has been in prison since 1989 and is blind in a single eye and deaf in a single ear.
“He needs treatment that cannot be given in prison because he has many diseases,” Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador advised reporters.
“He takes a lot of medicine. He’s in a delicate situation,” Lopez Obrador added.
In 2021, Lopez Obrador publicly thanked Felix Gallardo for his “good wishes,” after the growing old drug kingpin mentioned in an interview that the leftist chief was slowly resolving the violence gripping Mexico.
Felix Gallardo has served 33 years of a 40-year prison sentence.
His worsening situation prompted the National Human Rights Commission to intercede in his case.
A decide granted Felix Gallardo home arrest with a monitoring gadget on the grounds that he’s in peril of dying earlier than finishing his sentence, an official in the western state of Jalisco, Jose Antonio Perez, advised AFP.
The legal professional basic’s office has challenged the choice, he mentioned.
Felix Gallardo’s group is taken into account the forefather of trendy Mexican drug cartels.
It was one of the first cartels to determine contacts with Colombian drug lords, working to move cocaine up from the South American nation to the United States.
Last month, the head of the Drug Enforcement Administration advised CBS News that two Mexican cartels — the Sinaloa Cartel and the— are behind the inflow of fentanyl in the U.S. that is killing tens of 1000’s of Americans.
“Those cartels are acting with calculated, deliberate treachery to get fentanyl to the United States and to get people to buy it through fake pills, by hiding it in other drugs, any means that they can take in order to drive addiction and to make money,” DEA Administrator Anne Milgram mentioned.
The Department of Justice considers the Jalisco cartel to be “one of the five most dangerous transnational criminal organizations in the world.” The cartel’s chief, Nemesio Oseguera, “ ” is amongst the most sought by Mexican and U.S. authorities.