Mexican official: drug lord will finish sentence at home

Mexican official: drug lord will finish sentence at home

MEXICO CITY (AP) – Mexico’s interior secretary says the government has exhausted its options and will comply with a judge’s order to release drug lord Ernesto Fonseca Carrillo to serve out the remainder of his sentence at home.

Miguel Angel Osorio Chong said Wednesday that Fonseca Carrillo’s release was imminent. The 86-year-old has nine years remaining on a 40-year sentence after being convicted in the 1985 kidnapping, torture and murder of U.S. DEA agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena.

His family petitioned for home confinement due to his advanced age and poor health.

Another judge in 2013 released drug lord Rafael Caro Quintero, also convicted of Camarena’s murder. Caro Quintero was ordered rearrested, but remains a fugitive.

Osorio Chong says the government has no choice but to follow the judge’s order.

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press.

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Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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