(FILES) On this file handout image launched by the Mexican Federal Preventive Police (PFP) on January 29, 2005, members of the PFP escort drug trafficker Rafael Caro Quintero, on the Puente Grande prion in Guadalajara, Jalisco State, Mexico.
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- Alleged drug kingpin, Rafael Caro Quintero, was captured in Mexico.
- He’s on the FBI’s listing of 10 most-wanted fugitives for the homicide of a US federal agent.
- Caro Quintero, alias “Rafa,” has a $20 million bounty on his head and is described by the FBI as “extraordinarily harmful.”
Mexico has captured an alleged drug kingpin on the FBI’s listing of 10 most-wanted fugitives for the homicide of a US federal agent, a navy supply stated Friday.
Rafael Caro Quintero, 69, is accused by the USA of ordering the kidnap, torture and homicide of Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) particular agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena in 1985.
He was arrested that yr, tried in Mexico and sentenced to 40 years in jail for Camarena’s homicide.
In 2013, a Mexican court docket ordered Caro Quintero’s launch on a authorized technicality after he served 28 years.
The choice was overturned by Mexico’s supreme court docket, however Caro Quintero had already gone into hiding.
The case plunged US-Mexican relations right into a disaster, and it took a long time for anti-drug companies on either side of the border to rebuild belief.
Caro Quintero, alias “Rafa,” has a $20 million bounty on his head and is described by the FBI as “extraordinarily harmful.”
He’s accused of co-founding the now-defunct Guadalajara drug cartel and at present runs an arm of the notorious Sinaloa cartel, based on the DEA.
He was captured by the navy within the northern state of Chihuahua, based on Mexican media.
In 2016, in an interview printed by information journal Proceso, Caro Quintero denied killing Camarena, whose story was depicted within the Netflix present “Narcos: Mexico.”
“I didn’t kidnap, didn’t torture and didn’t kill him,” Caro Quintero stated, including that he needed to “stay in peace” and work as a cattle rancher.
“I apologize to the society of Mexico for the errors I made, to the Camarena household, the DEA, the US authorities. I apologize,” he added.
Camarena’s homicide was thought of a vendetta for investigations by the DEA agent that led to the seizure of a large marijuana area in Chihuahua.
Final yr a Mexican court docket dominated that Caro Quintero may very well be extradited to the USA if caught, rejecting an attraction from his attorneys who argued that he had already been tried in a Mexican court docket.
The Guadalajara drug cartel, highly effective within the Nineteen Eighties, is taken into account the forefather of contemporary Mexican drug cartels.
It was one of many first to determine contacts with Colombian drug lords to move cocaine from the South American nation to the USA.
Its disappearance led to the rise of the highly effective Sinaloa drug cartel led by Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.
In 2017, Mexico extradited Guzman to the USA the place he’s serving a life sentence.
A wave of cartel-related violence has left greater than 340,000 individuals useless in Mexico for the reason that authorities deployed the army within the struggle on medicine in 2006.