El Chapo's rival drug lord has been jailed for 28 years for organized crime, money laundering and weapons possession.
Vicente Carrillo Fuentes, the former leader of the Juarez drug cartel, based in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, is the brother of drug lord Amado Carrillo Fuentes, known as “The Lord of The Skies" for his use of planes to transport huge quantities of drugs.
Vicente took over the crime ring when his brother died in a botched plastic surgery in 1997 but was taken into custody in 2014.
The crime boss known by his nickname “The Viceroy” is still wanted in the United States, where he is accused of smuggling billions of dollars' worth of drugs across the U.S.-Mexico border.
At the time of his arrest, the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) was offering a reward of more than two million dollars for his capture for "conspiracy to possess cocaine with intent to distribute."
He kept a lower profile than other famous drug traffickers such as rival Sinaloa cartel kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman who was convicted in a U.S. federal court and sentenced to life in prison plus 30 years.
Up until 2004, the Juárez Cartel had maintained an alliance with the Sinaloa Cartel, but turned into its biggest rival. after Guzman allegedly ordered the killing of another of El Viceroy's brother, Rodolfo Carrillo Fuentes.
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In retaliation, El Viceroy ordered the murder of El Chapo's brother, who was in prison at the time.
The end of the alliance triggered a violent war between the two cartels, which had already fought over drug markets and trafficking routes and left thousands dead.
According to Insight Crime, El Viceroy managed to establish one of the most crucial alliances in 2008 by partnering with former allies of El Chapo, the Beltran Leyva Organization. against his infamous rival.
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