US hands over drug lord ‘El Guero’ Palma to Mexico

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican drug lord Hector “El Guero” Palma, one of the founders of the Sinaloa cartel, has returned to his native country after serving almost a decade in a U.S. prison.

A Mexican federal government official said Wednesday that U.S. authorities handed over Palma in Matamoros, across the border from Brownsville, Texas.

The official requested anonymity due to a lack of authorization to speak publicly about the matter.

The official did not know whether Mexican authorities planned to bring new charges against Palma. If not, Palma would go free.

Palma had been released from federal prison in California on Friday and put into the custody of U.S. immigration officials.

Mexican Attorney General Arely Gomez said recently that her office was reviewing whether there were any pending cases against Palma.