1.)Rafael Caro Quintero was born in the town of Badiraguato, Sinaloa
2.) In this same city Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman,was born, in October 1952.
3.)He is considered one of the founders of Guadalajara Cartel, along with Miguel Angel Felix Gallardo and Ernesto “Don Neto” Fonseca Carrillo.
4.)At the beginning of the 80s, Caro Quintero was considered Mexico’s most powerful drug trafficker.
5.) He was the first famous narco lord, who gained notoriety for his standard of living and the way he often said he sought to help the needy.
6.) His fortune grew so large that, some said he offered to pay the external debt of Mexico in exchange to allow him to continue his drug trafficking activities and stop their pursuit.
7.) He owned large tracts of land in Chihuahua, a ranch called “The Buffalo”.
8.) He planted marijuana plants with an irrigation system and was producing crops all year.
9.) In November 1984, U.S. officials and members of the Mexican Army conducted a drug seizure of more than 10,000 tons of marijuana at his ranch.
10.) Caro Quintero had full control over the police forces through gifts and bribery.
11.) Three months after the seizure of thousands of tons of marijuana on February 7, 1985, a group of men serving Enrique Camarena Salazar kidnapped a DEA agent and his pilot Alfredo Zavala Avelar.
12.) In March 1985, the bodies of Camarena and Zavala were found on a ranch in Michoacan, which was then ruled by Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas Solórzano.
13.) Caro Quintero fled to Costa Rica where he was arrested in April 1985 in a drug operation.
14.)It is reported that at his arrest authorities seized weapons that were gold plated and diamond encrusted.
15.)He was taken to Mexico where h was sentenced to 40 years in prison. But on Friday a collegiate court in criminal matters of Jalisco granted an injunction and ordered the immediate freedom of Rafael Caro Quintero after 28 years of being imprisoned.
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