Key Mexican Drug Trafficker Surrenders -Report

Key Mexican Drug Trafficker Surrenders -Report
Posted by FoM on January 14, 1999 at 13:42:25 PT

MEXICO CITY, A member of a feared Mexican drug cartel has surrendered to U.S. authorities and will provide details on the organisations' operations, a local television report said on Wednesday. 
Adolfo Carrillo, a nephew of alleged drug baron Vicente Carrillo, turned himself over to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the TV Azteca network said in its nightly news broadcast. Vicente Carrillo, who remains at large, is the alleged head of the so-called Juarez Cartel of drug smugglers, based in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, across the border from El Paso, Texas. A federal grand jury in El Paso has indicted Vicente Carrillo on charges of drug trafficking and money laundering in an effort to gain his arrest and extradition to the United States. Authorities have been seeking information on his whereabouts. Vicente's brother Amado headed the Juarez Cartel until his death during a botched plastic surgery operation in Mexico City in July 1997. His death sparked a battle for control of the cartel, with a series of bloody shootouts taking place on the streets of Ciudad Juarez. The Azteca network aired an interview with Adolfo Carrillo who said the cartel had put him in charge of distributing cocaine and marijuana in central Mexico. It was not clear what information he would provide on the Juarez cartel, but he indicated he did not know where Vicente Carrillo was, saying that he moved from one Mexican city to another on an almost daily basis. In the interview, Adolfo Carrillo said he turned himself over to U.S. authorities because they were "a little more easy going" than Mexican police, which he said tended to torture captured drug traffickers. 
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