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U.S. Seeks Justice For Agent's Murder After Mexico Frees Drug Lord

National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden says the United States is deeply concerned by Rafael Caro Quintero's release from prison Friday.

Defense lawyers believe a second drug kingpin convicted in the death of U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent Enrique "Kiki" Camarena may also be freed.

An appeals court overturned Caro Quintero's 40-year sentence for kidnapping, torture and murder on procedural grounds.

Hayden said in a statement Sunday that the United States is working with Mexican authorities to see that those responsible for Camarena's murder face justice in the U.S.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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