Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Vicente Carrillo Leyva

How tough is it to keep an alleged narco behind bars in Mexico? In April 2009, Vicente Carrillo Leyva, the son of the legendary Amado Carrillo Fuentes, was arrested in Mexico City.

On Friday, he was released after paying bail of 160,000 pesos (roughly $16,000 or so). Not enough evidence to keep him under the "arraigo" system, the judge said. The only charge left on him was one of using false ID papers – hardly a massive offense in a country where millions of people have fake IDs.

But also on Friday, new charges of money laundering emerged against Carrillo Leyva, and moments after he walked out of Almoloya de Juarez maximum security prison, the narco-junior was whisked off by federal police and taken by helicopter to Mexico City, where he'll once again be investigated in the so-called dungeons of the SIEDO, the nation's anti-organized crime prosecutors.

He'll be held for another 40 days under the arraigo system (and it will probably be extended); we'll see what happens.

PS - I find it interesting that the Mexican judicial system allows prosecutors 40 days to prove that the charges are sufficient to proceed. Does it have anything to do with 40 days of wandering in the desert, like Jesus?

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