Jul 16, 2022

Drug Lord arrested in Mexico

Mexico's navy yesterday (15) captured drug lord Rafael Caro Quintero, convicted of murdering a U.S. anti-narcotics agent in 1985.

Marines flushed out Caro Quintero with a bloodhound in a far-flung corner of the northwestern state of Sinaloa, one of Mexico's drug-trafficking heartlands. This law enforcement coup came at a heavy cost when a helicopter used in the mission crashed, killing 14 military personnel.

Caro Quintero rose to prominence as a co-founder of one of Latin America's most powerful drug trafficking organizations -the Guadalajara Cartel - during the 1980s.

Caro Quintero spent 28 years in prison for one of the most notorious killings in Mexico's bloody narco wars - the brutal murder and torture of former U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agent Enrique "Kiki" Camarena. The events were dramatized in the 2018 Netflix series "Narcos: Mexico.

Caro Quintero was released in 2013 on a technicality by a Mexican judge, embarrassing the previous government.

U.S. officials put him on the FBI's Top 10 most wanted fugitives list and put a $20 million bounty on his head, a record for a drug trafficker - when he went underground following his release and returned to trafficking as part of the Sinaloa Cartel.

The U.S. government hailed the arrest, and said it would waste no time in requesting his extradition.