The United States Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA, in English) participated in the capture of the drug trafficker Rafael Caro Quinteroconsidered the most wanted fugitive by the US agency.
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“The incredible DEA team in Mexico worked in collaboration with Mexican authorities to arrest Rafael Caro Quintero“said the director of the agency, Anne Milgram, in a letter addressed to its employees published this Saturday.
The participation of the DEA in this operation becomes relevant given that the government of Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) He has been highly critical of the agency and in 2020 pushed for legislation to limit the presence of his agents in Mexico.
Milgram recalled that Caro Quintero He is charged in the United States with “the torture and the murder” of DEA special agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena in 1985 and “for many other crimes”.
“For more than 30 years, the men and women of the DEA have worked tirelessly to bring Caro Quintero to justice. The arrest is the result of years of blood sweat and tears. Without his work, Caro Quintero would not face Justice, “he said.
The Secretariat of the Navy of Mexico announced on Friday that he captured Caro Quintero, 69, in the town of Choix (Sinaloa), in a joint operation with the Attorney General’s Office.
For his part, the United States attorney general, Merrick Garland, said that he will seek the immediate extradition of the capo.
Founder of the Guadalajara Cartel, Caro Quintero was one of the main capos in the 1980s and one of the first to ship drugs on a large scale to the United States.
Born on October 3, 1952 in the state of Sinaloa, cradle of the great Mexican capos, Caro Quintero amassed a great fortune and founded his cartel together with Miguel Angel Felix Gallardo and Ernesto Fonseca Carrillo, alias “Don Neto”.
The DEA offered $20 million for his capture, the highest amount offered for the arrest of a fugitive by the drug enforcement agency.
In her letter, the director of the DEA described as a “hero” to Kiki Camarenathe agent assassinated in 1985, and praised the fact that he “fearlessly persecuted the drug dealer more violent and dangerous.
Milram also lamented the death of 14 agents of the Mexican Navy when a helicopter that participated in the capture operation crashed.
With information from EFE.