8/24/2017 Los Angeles Situations
He was regarded as “El Padrino” — the Godfather — and, as co-founder of the as soon as-dominant Guadalajara drug cartel, Miguel Angel Felix Gallardo reigned above Mexico’s multibillion-dollar narco-commerce with all the ruthlessness and aplomb of the fictional Don Corleone.
The previous street cop and bodyguard turned-drug kingpin counted law enforcement commanders and politicians between his protectors and supplicants.
ut at some point, Gallardo went way too far. The international outrage adhering to the 1985 murder in Mexico of a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent, Enrique “Kiki” Camarena, at some point led to the fall of Gallardo and his shut associates and the splintering of their nationwide felony network.
The fallout of Camarena’s murder — and the unraveling of Gallardo’s cartel — proceeds to be felt in Mexico to this working day, influencing legislation enforcement, politics and how contemporary cartels run. Even although Gallardo was arrested many years ago, the circumstance created the news once more this 7 days when a Mexican federal court docket sentenced Gallardo to 37 yrs in prison for the murder of Camarena and a Mexican pilot, Alfredo Zavala.
As component of Wednesday’s court docket determination, Gallardo also was ordered to make the equivalent of $1.18 million in reparation payments, presumably to the families of the victims.
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