Alleged cartel assassin extradited to Albuquerque on murder charges

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An alleged assassin for the Mexican cartel is back in Albuquerque to face charges for a 2008 murder.

Authorities say 35-year-old Jaime Veleta Jr. played a role in the death of Danny Baca. 

Baca was shot 22 times, his body burned and left on the Pajarito Mesa. 

Deputies say Baca, who also worked for the Juarez Cartel, smuggled marijuana for himself and sold it, angering cartel leaders. 

Veleta was extradited from Mexico to New Mexico and arrived in Albuquerque, Wednesday night. 

He’s facing murder, kidnapping and other charges. 

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