Mexico Arrests Leader of Narcotics Cartel on U.S. Extradition Charge

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Friday, February 1, 2002
Bruce Zagaris
On December 20, 2001, Mexican authorities arrested Miguel Caro Quintero, who has been widely identified for years as the leader of one of the world?s largest drug cartels, on a U.S. extradition warrant. Authorities arrested Mr. Caro Quintero while has was driving in Los Mochis, in Sonora State, and sent him to a maximum-security prison in Mexico City. The arrest of Miguel Caro-Quintero indicates that the Fox Administration has decided to confront the Caro-Quintero cartels. The extradition effort will be important to watch, bother because to organization has been in power for at least three decades and for its potential ability to apply extradition to other cartel leader.