Mexico releases notorious drug lord

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A notorious Mexican drug lord convicted of the torture and murder of a United States anti drugs agent in 1985 has been released from prison in a move that has angered the U.S. government. Rafael Caro Quintero has served 28 years of a 40-year sentence for the brutal death of Drug Enforcement Administration agent Enrique Camarena.

A court in Mexico released the former member of the Guadalajara cartel after it ruled that he should have been tried at state level rather than on federal level.

The U.S. Justice Department has said it is “extremely disappointed” by the decision to free Quintero and has made it clear it has a “continued interest” in securing his extradition to the United States.