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Tag: Juan Jose Quintero Payán

Mexico Extradites a Founder of Violent Juarez Cartel to U.S.

texasBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

One of the founders of the violent Juárez drug cartel in Mexico, who had been wanted in the U.S. since 1985, was extradited to San Antonio on Friday, the El Paso Times reported.

Juan Jose Quintero Payán aka Don Juan-Jo, was extradited after a long drawn out ordeal that stretched over many years. Mexico claimed Quintero Payan, now 68, was responsible for major drug trafficking in the U.S. from 1978 to 2002, the Texas paper reported.

Mexican authorities arrested him in 1992, but let him go for lack of evidence, the El Paso Times reported. Seven years later, he was caught again and convicted.

Mexico initially rejected any extradition to the U.S., but later changed its mind. Quintero Payan had been jailed in a maximum-security prison in Mexico.

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