Mexico Prosecutors Appeal Drug Lord's Release

By The Associated Press
|  Saturday, Aug 24, 2013  |  Updated 10:29 AM PDT
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The undated file photo distributed by the Mexican government shows Rafael Caro Quintero, considered the grandfather of Mexican drug trafficking. A Mexican court has ordered the release of Caro Quintero after 28 years in prison for the 1985 kidnapping and killing of U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent Enrique Camarena, a brutal murder that marked a low-point in U.S.-Mexico relations.

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Federal prosecutors have filed an appeal with Mexico's Supreme Court against a court's decision to free a drug lord.

The Attorney General's Office says it has asked the country's highest court to review a federal court's decision to release Rafael Caro Quintero because the court's arguments are "absurd and illogical."

Caro Quintero was 28 years into a 40-year sentence for helping orchestrate the 1985 killing of Drug Enforcement Administration agent Enrique "Kiki" Camarena. He has disappeared from the public eye since his release two weeks ago.

A three-judge federal appeals court overturned his sentence in Camarena's case on procedural grounds, saying he should have been tried in a state court instead of federal court.

Federal prosecutors said in a statement Friday the panel's arguments were illogical.

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