Court to review "El Viceroy's" injunction against the arrest warrant

An arrest was made in 2014 on Vicente Carrillo Fuentes, also known as "El Viceroy." He is the brother of the drug lord Amado Carrillo. "El Señor de los Cielos" and launched legal battle.

Court to review "El Viceroy's" injunction against the arrest warrant
El Viceroy, born in 1962, Navolato, Mexico. Vicente Carrillo Fuentes became leader of the Juárez Cartel after his brother Amado Carrillo Fuentes died from plastic surgery in 1997. Credit: Attorney General's Office of the Republic

A federal court accepted to review the injunction filed by Vicente Carrillo Fuentes, "El Viceroy" against one of the arrest warrants issued against him for offenses related to organized crime and drug trafficking in Mexico. The Second Collegiate Court in Criminal Matters of the State of Mexico admitted the lawsuit of the former leader of the Juarez cartel against the sentence of a magistrate, who refused to revoke the arrest warrant last July.

The collegiate court will analyze the injunction against "El Viceroy"

"The appeal for review filed is admitted. against the resolution of July twenty-seventh, two thousand twenty-two, issued by the Unitary Court of knowledge", states the agreement of the Federal Court. Thus, it will be the magistrates of the Collegiate who in the next few months will define if they confirm or revoke the determination of the Second Unitary Court of the State of Mexico, Ricardo Garduño, who initially refused to grant protection to Carrillo Fuentes, also known as "El Viceroy".

Accused of drug trafficking operations, among other crimes

Since 2019, other federal courts have refused to grant amparos to "El Viceroy", who sought to reverse the formal prison order issued against him in the so-called Maxiproceso, the largest case file on drug trafficking operations in Mexico, by the then Attorney General's Office of the Republic (PGR).

"El Viceroy" was arrested on October 9, 2014, in Torreon, Coahuila, during an operation by the Federal Police.

To date, the Attorney General's Office of the Republic (FGR) holds Vicente Carrillo responsible for the crimes of organized crime, crimes against health in different modalities, stockpiling firearms for the exclusive use of the Armed Forces, tax fraud, and money laundering.

Carrillo Fuentes is also wanted by U.S. authorities

The brother of the late drug trafficker Amado Carrillo Fuentes, the so-called "Lord of the Skies", has maintained a legal battle against the rulings against him.
In June 2015, formal imprisonment was issued, but the following year "El Viceroy" obtained an injunction ordering the reinstatement of the proceedings. It was not until April 2017 when the drug lord, who also has charges pending in Texas and New York, was again sentenced to formal imprisonment.