Founder of Sinaloa Cartel Could Be Released This Week If No Warrants Found

A founder and leader of the Sinaloa cartel could be released from prison this week.

Héctor “El Guero” Palma Salazar, the 80-year-old former aquaintance of drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, has been absolved of organized crime charges by a Mexican judge and could potentially walk free this week if prosecutors can’t find any outstanding warrants by Tuesday.

Palma was nearly released over the weekend, until prosecutors reportedly won the extention. Palma was initally arrested in Mexico in 1995 and served 12 years in Mexico on bribery and weapons charges. He was was extradited to the U.S. in 2007 and served nine years for cocaine trafficking. He then returned to Mexico as he awaited trial on the organized crime charges of which he was just acquitte


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