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A legendary drug cartel boss is set to be released Saturday, according to the U.S. Bureau of Prisons.
Jesus Hector Palma Salazar, nicknamed “El Guero Palma” or Blondie for his looks, will be free after completing his sentence in the federal high-security Atwater Penitentiary in California’s Central San Joaquin Valley.
Palma was arrested two decades ago after surviving a plane crash. According to the Associated Press, Palma was wanted by Mexican and U.S. authorities for the shooting death of Roman Catholic Cardinal Juan Jesus Posadas Ocampo at the Guadalajara airport in 1993.
Palma, 55, also allegedly ordered the hit on a former state prosecutor, a human rights investigator and four people involved in the murder of his first wife, AP reports.
The former drug lord is expected to return to the Sinaloa Cartel, which he once led.
The Sinola Cartel is linked to another infamous drug cartel leader known as Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman Loera.
Palma’s family life has suffered due to his involvement with cartels.
According to Mexican police, rival Rafael Clavel Moreno once ran off with Palma Salazar’s second wife, eventually decapitating her and sending Palma her head. Clavel also pushed Palma Salazar’s kids to their deaths off a bridge in Venezuela.
Clavel was later stabbed to death.
Palma and Guzman launched the Sinaloa Cartel in the mid 1980’s. It remains as one of the biggest drug cartels in Mexico.
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