A suspected Mexican drug lord whose cartel may have smuggled more than 4 tons of cocaine each month over the U.S. border will stand trial in Texas, reports USA Today. Osiel Cardenas-Guillen, the alleged kingpin of the Gulf Cartel, and three other alleged drug lords appeared in a Houston court yesterday. Mexican authorities delivered Cardenas-Guillen and 14 other alleged drug dealers and criminals to Houston late last week.
“These extraditions are unprecedented in the history of Mexico,” said Drug Enforcement Administration Administrator Karen Tandy. “Did we get all of Mexico’s major drug dealers? Not yet. But this past weekend, the U.S. and Mexico took an enormous leap forward.” Cardenas-Guillen, whose trademark was a gold-plated .45-caliber pistol, was charged in Texas in 2000 with drug trafficking and threatening to kill federal agents. Deputy U.S. Attorney General Paul McNulty said the largest-ever Mexican extradition of drug traffickers demonstrates new Mexican President Felipe Calderón’s commitment to confronting drug gangs.