Mexican cartel kingpin extradited to Texas

SAN ANTONIO, TX Juan Jose Quintero-Payan is the alleged head of the Quintero drug smuggling ring who was first indicted by a San Antonio grand jury in 2002. The 68-year-old faces four felony charges that would normally carry a potential life sentence.

But federal prosecutors said Tuesday that Mexican officials extradited Quintero on assurances that a life sentence would not be imposed.

Prosecutors say Quintero moved large volumes of drugs into the U.S. for decades.

Quintero made his initial appearance Monday in a San Antonio courtroom. He is being held in federal custody without bond.

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