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Mexico arrests drug lord on FBI’s ’10 Most Wanted Fugitives’ list

The Mexican Navy said on Friday it had apprehended infamous drug kingpin Rafael Caro Quintero, who was convicted of killing and torturing a U.S. anti-narcotics officer in 1985. This is a significant victory for Mexican and American law enforcement. As a co-founder of the Guadalajara Cartel, one of Latin America’s most powerful drug trafficking organizations in the 1980s, the kingpin rose to notoriety. This had been a top priority for US officials.

As Reuters reported, US Attorney General Merrick Garland said he would seek Caro Quintero’s immediate extradition. “There is no hiding place for anyone kidnapping, torturing and murdering American law enforcement. We are deeply grateful to the Mexican authorities for the capture and arrest of Rafael Caro-Quintero,” Garland said in a statement. communicated.

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According to the Navy, a female bloodhound with military training named Max discovered him in a bush area. According to a Mexican official, the arrest in San Simon, Choix, took place following pressure from the United States and happened the same week that President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador met with US Vice President Joe Biden in Washington.

A poster of the FBI's Ten Most Wanted Fugitives shows Rafael Caro Quintero.

Prior to this, Caro Quintero denied any involvement in Camarena’s murder. A Mexican judge freed him in 2013 on a technicality, insulting the previous administration. The FBI’s 10 Most Wanted Fugitives list lists him as having quickly returned to trafficking as a member of the Sinaloa Cartel. A $20 million bounty was placed on his head, a record for a drug dealer. He lost his last attempt to prevent his extradition to the United States last year. Another Mexican official assured him that he would be returned to Mexico as soon as possible.

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