Mexico Has Extradited 250 Drug Traffickers to the U.S. since 2010

first_img Mexico has extradited around 250 people since 2010, as part of anti-drug cooperation with the United States, Michele Leonhart, head of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), stated on June 20. “Our cooperation with Mexico is at an all-time high,” Leonhart stated at a hearing in the House of Representatives. Law-enforcement collaboration between the DEA and the Justice Department and their Mexican counterparts has enabled the increase in extraditions, which have included important drug-cartel leaders, the official said. Many of those extradited have pled guilty and been convicted, and several have collaborated with the authorities, something that “has given us a clearer perspective on how the Mexican cartels operate,” she said. Leonhart highlighted the March extradition of the leader of the Juárez and Chihuahua cartel, José Antonio Acosta Hernández, sentenced to life in prison in Texas. By Dialogo June 22, 2012last_img

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