US hands over veteran drug capo to Mexico

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MEXICO CITY: US authorities turned over veteran drug lord Hector “El Guero” Palma Salazar to Mexico on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila) after nine years in US prison and he was promptly detained on murder charges. The Mexican attorney general’s office said in a statement that the Sinaloa drug cartel honcho, whose nickname means “Blondie,” was sought by the Pacific coast state of Nayarit in connection with two homicides. US immigration authorities delivered Palma, 56, to Mexican officials at a border crossing linking the Texas city of Brownsville and the Mexican city of Matamoros, five days after his release from a prison in California. The Televisa network showed images of the mustachioed Palma wearing a button-down shirt, pants and a dark baseball cap as a US agent wearing a helmet and a scarf around his face handed him over on the border.

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