Alleged Drug Kingpin’s Extradition Case Postponements Set Record

The hearings for the U.S. extradition request of alleged drugs kingpin Ramon Antonio del Rosario Puente (Toño Leña) has set a record in postponements, surpassing the milestone cases of ex Army captain Quirino Paulino and his associate Ernesto Bienvenido Guevara Diaz (Maconi).

Until now the Supreme Court’s 2nd Penal Chamber has rescheduled the hearings seven times, without explanations by the authorities on the extradition request for the man wanted in Puerto Rico, where he faces several charges of conspiracy to introduce large amounts of cocaine to the U.S..

Yesterday’s hearing was postponed for October 26, a date that will take the length of the case to around 10 months, since it began January 19, 2011, to that.

The argument this time was that del Rosario’s defense hadn’t been notified (in 10 months) of the evidence contained in Puerto Rico’s request.

Paulino and Guevara

Del Rosario’s extradition case has taken more time than those of Paulino and Guevara, since the former took one month and the latter around three months.

This article was published by the DomincanToday on September 22, 2011.

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