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FBI Adds Mexico’s Narco Godfather Rafael Caro Quintero to 10 Most Wanted List

April 14, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
FBI Adds Mexico’s Narco Godfather Rafael Caro Quintero to 10 Most Wanted List

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FBI Adds Mexico’s Narco Godfather Rafael Caro Quintero to 10 Most Wanted List

Federal officials have added Rafael Caro Quintero, widely considered to be the “godfather” of the Mexican drug trade to the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted List for his role in the abduction and slaying of federal agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena in 1985.

During a televised press conference, the FBI, U.S. DEA, the U.S. Marshal’s Service and the Department of State declared a $20 million reward for information leading to Quintero’s apprehension.

The drug lord is reportedly hiding in Mexico, but still maintains an important leadership position within the Sinaloa Cartel.

The U.S Attorney for the Eastern District of New York revealed a new indictment focused on Quintero for his role in the drug enterprise as well as Camarena’s killing.

“As alleged in the indictment, Caro Quintero is the kingpin responsible for a murder conspiracy targeting those who posed a threat to his organization, including DEA Special Agent Enrique Camarena who worked to stop traffickers like the defendant from flooding our country with narcotics,” U.S. Attorney Richard P. Donahue said in a statement.

Prosecutors indicated that Quintero was a principal leader with the Guadalajara Cartel, now identified as the Sinaloa Cartel–considered the most significant drug trafficking cartel in the world.

Rafael Caro Quintero was found guilty in Mexico for murdering DEA agent Enrique Camarena, but a judge in Mexico obtained his release in 2013 on a “technicality.”

The drug lord was freed before the U.S. could file an extradition request.

In 2016, Quintero gave an interview to Mexican reporter Anabel Hernandez from Proceso. Quintero said he was an aging man who wants to retire.

The kingpin added that any accusations against him are simply political vendettas. U.S. authorities revealed that since he was released from prison, Quintero once again assumed a leadership role in the enterprise.

Quintero has been tied to marijuana smuggling from 1980 until the present and cocaine, meth, and heroin since 2015. Prosecutors allege that as the leader of the criminal network, Caro Quintero used hitmen to carry out murders and abductions in Mexico, along with the silencing of witnesses and anyone that cooperated with authorities.

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