Every part We Know Concerning the Arrest of Mexican Drug Lord Caro Quintero

Every part We Know Concerning the Arrest of Mexican Drug Lord Caro Quintero


Authorities brokers escort drug trafficker Rafael Caro Quintero on July 15, 2022, after he was captured in Sinaloa, Mexico. Picture: Mexico’s Secretariat of the Navy by way of AP)

The current arrest of drug lord Rafael Caro Quintero in Mexico final week was the newest chapter in one of many longest tales inside Mexico’s drug wars. However the way it precisely occurred remains to be unclear. 

Hours after information of the arrest of Caro Quintero in northern Mexico broke, conflicting accounts of how the seize took place emerged from each the Mexican authorities and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). 

Information {that a} Navy helicopter crashed some 130 kms away from the place Caro Quintero was arrested in Choix, Sinaloa, killing 14 Mexican troopers, additional muddled issues. Their deaths got here after the helicopter was concerned within the operation ensuing within the drug lord’s seize, however confusion stays round what introduced the helicopter down.

The arrest of Caro Quintero is probably the most excessive profile drug-trafficker arrest in the course of the administration of Mexico President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who over the previous few years had backed away from the hunt for drug bosses in comparison with his two predecessors. 

Caro Quintero got here to prominence within the Mexican drug commerce in the course of the Seventies whereas working with the now defunct Guadalajara Cartel. However he grew to become of specific curiosity to the U.S. authorities following the 1985 homicide of DEA agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena, against the law for which he was convicted in Mexico. 

He went on to serve 27 years of a 40 yr sentence in Mexico, earlier than strolling free in 2013 on a technicality, additional riling U.S. officers who had a a long time previous extradition request for Caro Quintero. 

On discovering freedom, Caro Quintero then reportedly re-established himself within the drug commerce and the U.S. authorities put a $20 million bounty on his head.

However there are conflicting statements about how a lot the usgovernment needed to do with Caro Quintero’s seize final week. 

DEA Administrator Anne Milgram launched a press release Friday celebrating “our unimaginable DEA group in Mexico labored in partnership with Mexican authorities to seize and arrest Rafael Caro Quintero” 

However the U.S. ambassador to Mexico, Ken Salazar, contradicted his personal authorities when he launched a press release saying: “the apprehension of Caro Quintero was completely performed by the Mexican authorities.”

A DEA agent talking anonymously with VICE World Information and who was knowledgeable of the operation to arrest Caro Quintero stated the company was “not directly concerned,” and the operation on the bottom was “one hundred pc executed by the Mexican Marines.” 

“The DEA’s participation was by means of informants,” the agent stated. “Mexico can’t pay or doesn’t have the means we have now to pay informants, and so we did. [The informants] supplied info like Caro Quintero’s telephone quantity that ended up on his telephone data and likewise his location. That was the data we shared with the Mexican Marines.”

At the moment, Mexico President Andrés Manuel López Obrador reiterated the federal government’s stance that Mexico alone was liable for the arrest of Caro Quintero, and the DEA was not concerned. They “had no participation in anyway,” stated the President in his early morning information convention.

The arrest got here simply days after López Obrador met with U.S. President Joe Biden in Washington.

Former DEA agent Mike Vigil, who operated within the company’s Mexico bureau in the course of the 80s, stated the company contributed to the intelligence resulting in Caro Quintero’s arrest.

“(DEA’s Administrator Anne) Milgram is appropriate. There have been no DEA brokers current on sight however the company did collaborate with info. The data shared by the DEA was upon request of the Mexican authorities,” Vigil advised VICE World Information. 

Though the Navy initially denied the helicopter was concerned within the arrest of Caro Quintero on Friday, López Obrador rapidly clarified later within the night that it was actually concerned. He didn’t say why the helicopter crashed however that the federal government is investigating.

A mid-level member of the Caborca cartel —an unbiased legal organisation allegedly based in Sonora by Rafael Caro Quintero after his 2013 jail launch—stated his arrest is not going to have any impact on the cartel’s unlawful operations. 

“As fast as they take one in every of us out, the following one takes that place,” the nameless supply stated. “Since we realized the federal government was after him [Caro Quintero], “El Pelo Chino” stepped in.”

José Gil “Pelo Chino” Caro Quintero, Rafael’s nephew, is claimed to be his uncle’s successor as the brand new boss for the Caborca cartel. Mexican and U.S. authorities have signalled “Pelo Chino” and the Caborca cartel as being behind the delivery of tons of cocaine and methamphetamine from Mexico to the U.S. for the Caborca cartel, in response to information stories. 

It stays to be seen what the Caborca cartel will do with out its founder, however the arrest and conviction of Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán did little to gradual the enterprise pursuits of the Sinaloa Cartel. And like his colleague El Chapo, if the People have their approach Caro Quintero gained’t be strolling free once more any time quickly.

The method of extraditing Caro Quintero from Mexico to the usstarted over the weekend. However a federal decide in Mexico dominated Monday that Caro Quintero’s extradition couldn’t be fast-tracked and his case should undergo the right course of.

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