Mexico court re-sentences drug kingpin in 1985 DEA agent slaying

Posted at 12:53 PM, Aug 23, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-23 15:53:51-04

MEXICO CITY (AP) - A court in Mexico has re-sentenced convicted drug lord Miguel Angel Felix Gallardo for the 1985 killing of a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent.

Felix Gallardo had been serving a 40-year sentence for the murder of DEA agent Enrique Camarena. But many of those convicted in the killing had filed appeals.

The federal judiciary council said Wednesday that the new sentence is 37 years plus a reparation payment equivalent to about $1.17 million.

Felix Gallardo was considered the godfather of Mexican drug smuggling and a co-founder of the Guadalajara cartel.

Another cartel figure found guilty in Camarena's killing was released from prison in 2013 after an appeals court overturned his conviction on jurisdictional grounds. A warrant was issued for Rafael Caro Quintero to be re-arrested, but he remains at large.