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U.S. Government Extraditing Drug KingPins

Former drug kingpins are in captivity and the United States is playing on both sides of the extradition game. According to an All Gov report, U.S. law enforcement officials finally took custody of Juan José Quintero Payán (aka Don Juanjo).

Officials have been waiting for years to take custody of the former leader of the Carrillo Fuentes cartel from Juarez, Mexico. Don Juanjo has been accused of running a smuggling operation for more than 20 years from Texas to New York.

At the same time, Quintero Payán, 68, faces federal racketeering, money laundering and drug-dealing charges. This kingpin has been wanted by U.S. authorities since 1985, although he was not arrested until 1999. An extradition request was made early in the 2000s, but it was rejected by Mexican authorities.

Former Panamanian dictator, Manuel Noriega – considered an even more notorious drug figure – was sent on Monday from the United States to France. For six years, Noriega battled against extradition, which came on the heels of his serving more than 20 years in a U.S. prison for drug trafficking and money laundering.

Noriega was convicted in absentia by French officials in 1999 for laundering money. He is expected to face a new trial upon arrival in France. While Noriega wanted to return to Panama when his U.S. prison term was completed, Panamanian officials also wanted custody of Noriega for his crimes back home.

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