Mexican drugs lord Rafael Caro Quintero arrested: the US wants to extradite him immediately (Images)
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Mexican drugs lord Rafael Caro Quintero arrested: the US wants to extradite him immediately (Images)

Mexican Marines have stopped the fugitive drug king since 2013. He was on the “most wanted” list by the FBI

It took them almost ten years but, in the end, the Mexican law enforcement officers caught the drug king again: Rafael Caro Quintero was arrested. With a military operation led by the Mexican marines, the head of the narcos, a fugitive since 2013, returned in handcuffs. Rafael Caro Quintero, among other things, was convicted of the murder of the American Drug Enforcement Administration agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena in 1985. He was to serve 40 years in prison but only served 28 years before being released from prison for “administrative reasons”. The king of the narcos has then fled until now. The US immediately requested his extradition.


He was on the FBI’s most wanted list – In 2013 Rafael Caro Quintero was suddenly released from prison by a Mexican judge for “administrative reasons”. Since 2018, he was on the FBI’s “most wanted” list, which had put in a $ 20 million bounty for his capture. The arrest comes a few days after Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s visit to the White House, where he was received by Joe Biden.

The Kidnapping, Torture and Killing of the Agent of the Goddess – Rafael Caro Quintero was one of the largest suppliers of heroin, cocaine and marijuana to the United States in the 1970s. In 1984 a raid on one of his marijuana plantations had made him lose significant income, dealing a severe blow to his empire. Caro Quintero had blamed Camarena for the raid. In 1985 he decided to “take revenge”: he had him kidnapped not far from the American consulate in Guadalajara and tortured him for a few days. Tortures so violent that they left no escape for the agent of the Goddess, whose body was found a month after his death. The episode was a watershed in relations between the United States and Mexico, raising the tension between the two states and prompting the United States to intensify its battle on drugs.

US wants extradition of Rafael Caro Quintero – The United States, a few hours after the announcement of the arrest, announced its intention to request the extradition of drug trafficker Rafael Caro Quintero. The American Justice Secretary Merrick Garland said, thanking the Mexican authorities for the capture.