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The alleged leader of La Línea, the executive arm of the Juárez Cartel, Carlos Arturo Quintana, alias El 80, was extradited to the United States by Mexican authorities, the Attorney General’s Office (FGR) reported on Sunday.
“In compliance with the Extradition Treaty signed between Mexico and the United States of America, the FGR extradited a man of Mexican nationality,” the entity reported in a statement.
Quintana is one of the most wanted men by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and is considered the intellectual author of the murder of journalist Miroslava Breach, in March 2017.
The extradition order was requested from the Mexican government by the Federal District Court for the District of New Mexico, for his probable responsibility in the crimes of criminal association and against health (drug trafficking).
“Carlos ‘Q’ is an alleged member of a criminal organization responsible for directing, managing and monitoring drug trafficking activities in the state of Chihuahua to New Mexico, United States,” said the FGR.
Quintana’s handover took place at the International Airport of the City of Toluca, in the State of Mexico, between US agents designated for his transfer to that country and the Mexican judicial authorities.
In May 2018, the criminal known as El 80 was arrested by the former Federal Police in the northern Mexican state of Chihuahua for various investigation files for orchestrating violence in this entity and the international transfer of drugs.
Almost a year before his arrest, Quintana was linked to the murder of the Mexican journalist Miroslava Breach, since a cardboard was found at the place of his execution with the message “For a long tongue”, presumably signed by El 80.
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