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Mexico drug lord ‘The Viceroy’ sentenced to 28 years


A court in Mexico has sentenced the former leader of one of the country’s biggest drug trafficking cartels to 28 years in jail.

Vicente Carrillo Fuentes took over the Juárez cartel after his brother died in 1997 during botched plastic surgery.

Thousands of people were killed as a result of turf wars between rival cartels.

Since Vicente Carrillo Fuentes was arrested in 2014, the Juárez cartel has lost a lot of power.

The Viceroy, Vicente Carrillo Fuentes, was found guilty of drug trafficking and organised crime.

The 58-year-old was one of the US Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) most wanted men, with a $5 million (£3.6 million) reward for his capture.

For decades, the DEA and Mexican police tried to track down Vicente Carrillo Fuentes

In October 2014, he and one of his bodyguards were detained at a police checkpoint in the northern Mexican state of Coahuila.

According to police, he had been keeping a “low profile.”

Vicente Carrillo Fuentes took over as leader of the Juárez cartel after the death of his older brother Amado, who was known as Lord of the Skies for his ability to smuggle large amounts of drugs in his private fleet of planes.

Amado Carrillo Fuentes took over the Juárez cartel after the death of its previous leader, Rafael Aguilar Guajardo.

Under The Lord of the Skies, the cartel grew to become one of Mexico’s most powerful criminal organisations, controlling the majority of cocaine trafficking to the United States.

The Lord of the Skies, like his younger brother, rarely allowed himself to be photographed.

Amado Carrillo Fuentes checked into a Mexican hospital in 1997 to undergo plastic surgery in order to change his appearance and avoid capture.

As a result of the botched operation, he died. The doctors who carried it out were assassinated a few months later.

Vicente Carrillo Fuentes established a complex financial structure in order to launder the proceeds of the cartel’s drug trafficking.

During his tenure, however, the Juárez cartel engaged in a bloody feud with the Sinaloa cartel, led by Joaqun “El Chapo” Guzmán.

The battle with its Sinaloa rivals left the Juárez cartel severely weakened, but it is still believed to be responsible for a large number of murders in its stronghold of Ciudad Juárez.

Vicente Carrillo Fuentes’ 28-year sentence accounts for the time he has already spent in prison since his arrest.

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