Rafael Caro Quintero: Mexico Detains US Wanted Drug Lord, 14 Killed in Black Hawk Helicopter Crash

According to a statement from the Mexican Navy, Rafael Caro Quintero was detained by the Marines after a navy dog ​​found him hiding in the bushes in the town of San Simon, municipality of Chois, in the northwestern state of Sinaloa.

Caro Quintero, known as the “drug dealer”, is considered by the Mexican authorities to be the founder of the Guadalajara cartel. They accuse him of dealing methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine and marijuana.

According to the statement, a Mexican Navy Black Hawk helicopter crashed in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, following an operation to hijack it. Another Marine was wounded and is in the hospital.

The report said the cause of the crash is unknown and an investigation will be carried out.

Caro Quintero, whose exact age is unknown but believed to be in his 60s, wanted by US authorities for the alleged kidnapping and conspiracy to kill Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent Enrique Camarena Salazar in 1985.

Camarena Salazar was kidnapped, tortured and killed in retaliation for a 1984 raid by Mexican authorities on a 2,500-acre marijuana farm, Caro Quintero, according to the DEA, according to the DEA. The events were filmed in the Netflix drama Narcos: Mexico.

Caro Quintero spent 28 years in prison in Mexico for his role in the murder before he was released on technical grounds in 2013. The Mexican Supreme Court later overturned the decision that freed him.

The fugitive returned to drug trafficking as a high-ranking leader of the Sinaloa cartel, according to the FBI.

US Attorney General Merrick Garland said on Friday that the United States will seek the immediate extradition of Caro Quintero so he can be tried “in the justice system itself (DEA). Special Agent Camarena died defending.”

“There is no hiding place for those who kidnap, torture and kill American law enforcement,” Garland said.

In 2018, US authorities announced a $20 million reward for Caro Quintero. He previously said attempts to arrest him were “misplaced revenge” – “a convenient rewriting of history,” according to the DEA.

DEA agents based in Mexico have been working with Mexican authorities to find and arrest Quintero, DEA administrator Ann Milgram said in a memo to agency officials Friday night.

“For over 30 years, the men and women of the DEA have worked tirelessly to bring Caro Quintero to justice,” Milgram said. “Today’s arrest is the result of many years of your blood, sweat and tears. Without your work, Caro Quintero will not be brought to justice.”

Additional reporting by Josh Campbell to CNN.

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