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Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Who is Rafael Caro Quintero?

(CNN Spanish) — Rafael Caro Quintero, believed to be “Narco de Narcos” and a fugitive since 2013, was arrested by the Mexican Navy on 15 July.

According to the State Department, Caro Quintero, born in 1952, founded the now-defunct Guadalajara Cartel with Miguel ngel Felix Gallardo and other drug traffickers in the 1970s and was responsible for growing, shipping and distributing large quantities of marijuana in Mexico. was allegedly responsible for America

The United States extradition order weighs in against him. This 18 July, a judge temporarily suspended the extradition process.

Caro Quintero is accused of kidnapping, torturing and murdering DEA Special Agent Enrique kiki Camarena in 1985 according to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

According to the State Department, from 1982 to 1984, Camarena investigated Caro Quintero’s drug trafficking organization and made drug seizures that severely damaged that criminal group.

US officials say that since 1984, members of Caro Quintero’s organization allegedly participated in retaliation against the DEA, and that in 1985 Caro Quintero and others killed John Clay Walker and Alberto Radelat, two US citizens. which he mistook for the members. DEA.

After the 1985 murders of Camarena and Alfredo Zavala Avelar, a pilot assisting Special Agent Camarena, Caro Quintero fled to Costa Rica, but was later arrested and extradited to Mexico, where he was charged with 40 counts of murder. Was sentenced to one year in prison. After his arrest, the Guadalajara cartel disbanded and its leaders merged into the Tijuana cartel, the Sinaloa cartel and the Juárez cartel, the State Department says.

The murder of Camarena was attributed to the Guadalajara cartel led by Caro Quintero and was considered a drug smuggling vendetta as the agent’s investigation seized one of the largest marijuana plantations in history at the El Buffalo farm in Chihuahua. was.

freedom and runaway life

In 2013, a judicial motion set him free, when a Mexican state court concluded he had been unfairly judged. However, a Mexican federal court issued an arrest warrant for Caro Quintero shortly after that release. Since then he has been a wanted fugitive in Mexico, the United States and several other countries.

In January 2015, charges were reactivated against United States Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) member Enrique Camarena for the 1985 kidnapping and murder crimes.

In an interview with the magazine process In 2016, fugitive drug trafficker Rafael Caro Quintero admitted to being on the scene where undercover DEA agent Enrique Camarena was killed in 1985, but denied any involvement in his death.

In 2017, officials confirmed that Rafael Caro Quintero was still active in drug trafficking with “El Mayo” Zambada and that both would be leaders of the Sinaloa Cartel at the time, according to the United States report “National Drug Threat Assessment”. Anti-Drug Agency. joined in.

In 2018, Caro Quintero was included in the FBI’s list of 10 most wanted fugitives, according to officials from the FBI, DEA and US State Department.

That year Caro Quintero told journalist Annabel Hernández, in an interview this year, that he was not a drug smuggler and that he stays away with the help of others.

Charges against Caro Quintero

Cairo Quintero is known for the kidnapping and murder of a federal agent in the Central District of California, United States, conspiracy to kidnap a federal agent, violent crime in support of organized crime, conspiracy to commit violent crime in support of organized crime, aiding and abetting was accused of. , incitement after the fact, possession with intent to distribute marijuana and cocaine, and continuing criminal enterprise, as recorded by the State Department.

Ray Rodriguez, Ioan Molinares, CNNMexico, CNN with detail information

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