Mexico: Judge orders release of Sinaloa cartel’s ex-leader Hector Palma

Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“A judge in Mexico has ordered the release from jail of a notorious drug lord, who founded the powerful Sinaloa cartel with Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzman. Hector Palma, 63, has spent the past 28 years in jails in the US and in Mexico. Palma’s criminal career was portrayed in the Netflix series Narcos: Mexico. He pleaded guilty to drug trafficking in 2005, but could now be freed after a judge said there was not enough evidence to continue holding him on separate charges of organised crime. Judge Maria Dolores Olarte ruled that the arguments presented by prosecutors linking Palma, who is widely known as ‘El Guero’ (Spanish for someone with fair skin or light-coloured eyes and hair), to organised crime were mostly ‘unfounded.'” (05/10/23)