The head of one of Mexico's most powerful drug cartels is negotiating the terms of his surrender with the government of President Ernesto Zedillo, according to published reports Wednesday.
Juan Garcia Abrego, one of the FBI's 10 most-wanted fugitives, is among other things demanding he not be extradited to the United States to face trafficking charges, The New York Times and The Dallas Morning News reported from Mexico City.Garcia Abrego, born in the border town of Las Palomas, Texas, is also asking that he be jailed in the Mexican prison of his choice under the protection of his most trusted lieutenants, U.S. officials told the papers.
He is reported to be asking as well that authorities give medical treatment to his brother, Humberto Garcia Abrego, now in jail on money laundering charges and reportedly suffering the lingering effects of a gunshot wound to the abdomen.
Juan Garcia Abrego, 51, heads the Gulf Cartel, one of the largest of Mexico's 19 major trafficking organizations. U.S. law enforcement officials say the cartel smuggles hundreds of tons of Colombian cocaine into the United States every year.
In September 1993, Garcia Abrego was indicted in Houston on money laundering and cocaine distribution charges. He is wanted on multiple charges of murder in Mexico.