Mexico’s military said Friday it had arrested Rafael Caro Quintero, a notorious drug lord convicted of killing and torturing a U.S. drug agent in 1985. Reuters agency described the event as a major victory for Mexican and US law enforcement.
The Reuters agency, citing two anonymous sources, said on Friday the Mexican military had arrested Rafael Caro Quintero, convicted of killing and torturing a US drug agent in 1985.
“This is one of the most important arrests of the last decade,” said Mike Vigil, former head of international operations for the DEA.
Although Caro Quintero is no longer considered a major player in the world of international drug trafficking, the symbolic impact of his arrest will be significant on both sides of the US-Mexico border, Reuters recalls.
It is true Mexico He did not want to extradite Caro Quintero to the United States before he was released from prison, causing tension between the two countries.
America US Attorney General Merrick Garland said Friday that Quintero should be extradited immediately. Last year, Quintero lost a final appeal against his extradition to the United States.
One of the most wanted by the FBI
Caro Quintero became famous in the 1980s as the co-founder of the Guadalajara Cartel, one of the most powerful drug-trafficking organizations in Latin America.
The Guadalajara Cartel is believed to be the first Mexican organization involved in large-scale cocaine trafficking into the United States. Quintero is one of the most sought-after targets of US drug cartels.
Quintero served 28 years in prison for the brutal killing of former US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena. It was one of the highest killings in Mexico’s brutal drug wars.
The event ended more than 50 years of cooperation between the United States and Mexico in the fight against drug trafficking. These events were featured in the 2018 Netflix series “Narcos: Mexico.” Caro Quintero Camarena denied involvement in the murder.
In 2013, Quintero was released from prison under a Mexican judge’s ruling. He quickly went underground and started the business again. US authorities have put him on the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted list and put a $20 million bounty on his head. Record so far for drug dealer.
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