U.S. deports Eduardo Arellano Felix, Mexico re-arrests him

Mexico City (AP) — One of the infamous Allerano Felix brothers was transferred from the United States to Mexico after serving most of his 15-year imprisonment, but was immediately re-arrested when he arrived in his hometown on Monday. it was done.

Mexican prosecutors said Eduardo Arellano Felix was handed over to Mexican federal officials at the Matamoros border crossing opposite Brownsville, Texas. He faces organized crime and drug trafficking charges in Mexico.

He was one of several brothers who founded the Tijuana-based Allerano Felix Cartel, which moved hundreds of tonnes of cocaine and marijuana from Mexico and Colombia to the United States.

The cartel became a shadow of what it once was when most of the seven brothers of Allerano Felix, known for their violent and brutal domination of drug trafficking in the border city of Tijuana in the 1990s, were arrested or killed. rice field. The family has slowly lost grip along the California-Mexico border for the past decade. Meanwhile, the Sina Loa and Jalisco cartels have emerged as the most powerful group in the highly coveted corridor for transferring drugs to the United States.

Allerano Felix was handed over from Mexico in August 2012 to face US accusations. He was arrested in a gun battle with Mexican authorities at his home in Tijuana in October 2008.

Brother Benjamín Arreano Felix, who was described by US and Mexican authorities as the mastermind of the cartel, was sentenced to 25 years in US prison. After being handed over from Mexico, which was arrested in 2002. Ramon Allerano Felix, the chief operating officer of the cartel, was killed in a gun battle with a Mexican police officer in 2002.

Another brother, Francisco Javier, was sentenced to life imprisonment in 2007 after the United States Coast Guard captured him on a fishing vessel in the high seas off Baja California, Mexico.

The issue of liberated drug traffickers was a sensitive issue for Mexico after the release or nearly release of the drug traffickers of several old security guards.

Almost eight years ago, drug trafficking organization Rafael Caro Quintello was improperly ordered by a judge to be released from 40 years in prison for the torture murder of Enrique “Kiki” Camarena, an agent of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency in 1985. When I left the prison in Mexico at midnight. .. He then returned to the battle between drug trafficking and the unleashed bloody lawn in Sonora, the northern border of Mexico.

Mexico’s current government is beginning to gain a reputation for releasing more drug trafficking organizations than it has captured. This is part of the President’s stated policy of no longer detaining drug trafficking organizations to avoid violence.

This is a particularly troublesome issue, with President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who ordered the release of Obidi Guzman, one of the sons of “El Chapo” Guzman, in 2019 to avoid bloodshed.

In April, a lower court ordered the release of the drug trafficking organization Hector “El Guero” Parma in the 1990s. But in July, the Mexican Court of Appeals overturned the acquittal and claimed that the lower court improperly applied the rules of double crisis.