Mexican court rules fugitive drug lord depicted in Netflix drama Narcos could be extradited to US for murder of DEA agent in 1985
- Mexico’s first collegiate criminal court ruled on Friday that Rafael Caro Quintero could be extradited to the United States
- The fugitive drug lord wanted by the United States for the kidnapping and murder of DEA agent Enrique ‘Kiki’ Camarena in 1985
- Caro Quintero was released in 2013 after serving 28 of the 40 years he was convicted of for the murders of Camarena and Mexican pilot Alfredo Zavala.
- The United States is offering a $ 20 million reward for information leading to the arrest of Caro Quintero
An alleged Mexican drug lord portrayed in the Netflix drama Narcos may be extradited to the US for the murder of a US Drug Enforcement Agency agent in 1985.
A Mexican court dismissed the lawsuit of fugitive drug lord Rafael Caro Quintero who tried to prevent his extradition to the US on Monday for the kidnapping and murder of Enrique ‘Kiki’ Camarena.
A panel of judges from the First Collegiate Criminal Court ruled against Caro Quintero’s appeal. His lawyer argued that an extradition to the US would mean Caro Quintero will be prosecuted twice for the murders of Camarena and Mexican pilot Alfredo Zavala.
“It is inevitable to conclude that there are no elements to analyze in detail and less to be able to decide whether the facts motivating the pre-trial detention requested by the United States have already been tried in this country,” the judges wrote. in their opinion.
Rafael Caro Quintero (left) is on the FBI’s top ten most wanted list for his role in ordering the kidnapping, torture, and murder of DEA Special Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena (right) in February 1985. A Mexican court ruled Friday that Caro Quintero can be extradited to the United States
US servicemen carry the coffin containing the body of DEA Special Agent Enrique ‘Kiki’ Camarena after her assassination in 1985
A court in Jalisco ordered the release of Caro Quintero on August 9, 2013 after serving 28 of the 40 years he had been sentenced to, and ruled that he was wrongfully tried for the murder of the DEA special agent.
But on August 14, a federal court acted under pressure from the United States and issued an arrest warrant.
The FBI placed Caro Quintero on the top 10 most wanted list on April 12, 2008. The US government has offered a $ 20 million reward for information leading to his arrest.
He has since been on the run and has formed his own drug cartel, which is engaged in a battle with the Sinaloa cartel.
Known as the ‘Narco of Narcos’, Caro-Quintero was one of the founders of the Guadalajara Cartel.
The defunct criminal organization became a focus of the DEA in the 1980s.
Caro Quintero, pictured in an undated photo, is currently on the run, but there is a $ 20 million reward for his arrest and conviction in the United States.
The gang sought revenge on Camarena after the Mexican military raided a 2,500-acre marijuana farm in 1984.
Caro-Quintero and the two other cartel leaders, Miguel Ángel Félix Gallardo and Ernesto Fonseca, kidnapped the then 37-year-old Camarena in broad daylight on February 7, 1985, as he left the US consulate in Guadalajara.
Zavala, who worked for the Mexican government and DEA, was kidnapped the same day in a separate incident.
Camarena was tortured in a home that belonged to Caro-Quintero.
The bodies of Camarena and Zavala were found on March 5, 1985, wrapped in plastic and dumped in an abandoned lot in La Angostura, a city in the state of Michoacán.
Zavalas was missing eight teeth, six on the upper jaw and two on the lower jaw.
The lives of the cartel and their victims can be seen in Netflix’s ‘Narcos: Mexico’ series.
In April, a federal district court judge in New York City issued a verdict calling for the seizure and forfeiture of five properties in Mexico that had been purchased by the drug lord.
United States District Judge Eric N. Vitaliano ordered the seizure of the properties, including three houses, a farm and a warehouse, located in the western Mexican city of Guadalajara.
The properties were obtained with drug trafficking money earned by the Caro-Quintero gang, a faction of the Sinaloa Cartel, according to a joint statement from the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Eastern District of New York.
A forfeiture complaint filed on October 11, 2019, indicated that Caro Quintero’s organization shipped several tons of marijuana and several kilograms of methamphetamine and cocaine from Mexico to the United States between January 1980 and March 2015.