- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 12, 2009

DENVER (AP) - A suspected drug smuggler from Mexico whose brother was convicted of killing a U.S. drug agent has pleaded not guilty to racketeering and marijuana charges.

Miguel Angel Caro-Quintero entered his plea Thursday in a heavily guarded federal courtroom in Denver Thursday.

He’s accused of smuggling marijuana into Colorado in half-ton quantities.

Caro-Quintero was extradited from Mexico to Colorado last month. He also faces charges in Arizona.

His brother, Rafael Caro-Quintero, is serving a 40-year sentence in Mexico for the 1985 torture-slaying of Drug Enforcement Administration agent Enrique Camarena.

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