The Changing Faces of Rafael Caro Quintero

  • Rafael Caro Quintero was handed a 40-year jail sentence, but was released in August 2013 on a technicality.
  • There are rumors that Caro Quintero has joined forces with the Sinaloa Cartel.
  • Caro Quintero is believed to be connected to 30 firms situated in Guadalajara.

Rafael Caro Quintero remains a top priority for the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The U.S. government is currently offering $20 million for information leading to his arrest. The effort to capture him is spurred on by his involvement in the murder of Enrique “Kiki” Camarena in 1985. Kiki was an undercover DEA agent working to bust the Guadalajara Cartel, which was the leading drug trafficking syndicate at the time, and Quintero had strong ties to the organization.

Rafael Caro Quintero is a Mexican drug trafficker who co-founded the now-disintegrated Guadalajara Cartel with Miguel Ángel Félix Gallardo and other drug traffickers in the 1970s. He was responsible for the kidnapping and murder of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena, Camarena’s pilot Alfredo Zavala Avelar, the American writer John Clay Walker, and dentistry student Alberto Radelat in 1985.

Following the murder and subsequent search by American law enforcement agencies, he fled to Costa Rica, but was soon after apprehended and extradited to his home country. He was handed a 40-year jail sentence, but was released in August 2013 on a technicality. A few days later, a warrant for his rearrest was issued, but he was long gone. He has been eluding the authorities ever since.

Back to his Old Drug Trafficking Ways

There are rumors that Caro Quintero has joined forces with Joaquin El Chapo Guzman’s cartel, the Sinaloa Cartel, which is currently headed by his sons and Ismael Zambada García, also known as El Mayo. The syndicate, dubbed “Carteles Unidos,” was primarily created to eliminate the CJNG cartel, which is led by Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes. It includes members of the Gulf and Los Zetas Cartels. Caro Quintero has, in the past, denied allegations that he is s still involved in drug trafficking.

Kiki Camarena was an American undercover agent for the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) who was abducted on February 7, 1985, and then tortured and murdered, while on assignment in Mexico. He was abducted in broad daylight by corrupt Mexican officials working for the major drug traffickers in Mexico.

In an investigative article posted by the Huffington Post last year, he was found to be hiding in a remote location in the mountainous Sierra Madre region. Flanked by personal guards on all hours of the day, he has been on the run for over five years and is constantly moving between houses to avoid being caught.

30 Businesses in Guadalajara Connected to Him

Caro Quintero is believed to be connected to 30 firms situated in Guadalajara. They are apparently run by family members and close associates. According to a recent El Universal report, they range from real estate agencies, fuel distribution enterprises, beer companies, restaurants, and fashion and beauty product merchandizing establishments.

According to the publication, operations are run by 25 members of his inner circle. Fifteen of them are associates, ten are family members, and they include his ex-wife, four children, and a spouse.

Recently, Minerva, a leading Mexican brewery, distanced itself from the alleged ties with the drug lord after the company was listed in the El Universal report. The firm which also owns El Depósito was reported to have links to Quintero though its founder, Jesús Briseño. He is married to one of Quintero’s daughters by the name of Roxana Elizabeth Caro. She and her siblings are blacklisted by the Office of Foreign Assets Control.

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Sam Spencer

Sam Spencer is a Technology, Entertainment, and Political News writer at Communal News.


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