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Friday, July 15, 2022

Caro-Quintero, FBI Most Wanted Fugitive Captured In Mexico


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| The Daily Crucible | Saturday, July 16, 2022

Rafael Caro-Quintero, one of the FBI’s 10  most wanted fugitives has been captured.

Caro-Quintero who was wanted for his alleged involvement in the kidnapping and murder of Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena in 1985, was captured in Mexico on Friday.

He walked free in 2013 after 28 years in prison when a court overturned his 40-year sentence for the 1985 kidnapping and killing of agent Enrique "Kiki" Camarena. The gruesome murder marked a low point in U.S.-Mexico relations.

Caro Quintero, a former leader of the Guadalajara cartel,  returned to drug trafficking after leaving prison and  unleashed bloody turf battles in the northern Mexico border state of Sonora.

Reacting, Attorney General Merrick B. Garland said there is no hidding place for any one who kidnaps, tortures or kills American law enforcement agent.

Garland said the United States would seek the drugs lord's immediate extradition so he can be tried for these crimes in the very justice system Special Agent Camarena died defending.

He said, “There is no hiding place for anyone who kidnaps, tortures, and murders American law enforcement. We are deeply grateful to Mexican authorities for their capture and arrest of Rafael Caro-Quintero. 

"This arrest is the culmination of tireless work by DEA and their Mexican partners to bring Caro-Quintero to justice for his alleged crimes, including the torture and execution of DEA Special Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena. 

"We will be seeking his immediate extradition to the United States so he can be tried for these crimes in the very justice system Special Agent Camarena died defending.

“We join in mourning the 14 Mexican servicemembers who gave their lives in service to their country and extend our condolences to the loved ones they left behind.”

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