Clearly the U.S. is not satisfied or very happy with Mexico’s judicial system that recently released Mexican narco Rafael Caro-Quintero from jail.
Two branches of Mexico’s judiciary agreed upon the release of Caro-Quintero, 61, on a technicality after he served 28-years of a 40-year sentence for the kidnapping and killing of U.S. agent Enrique Camarena in 1985 on Mexican soil.
At the time the U.S. let Mexico handle the matter even though he was wanted in California on charges related to the murder. That is UNTIL NOW.
Caro-Quintero, founder of the powerful Guadalajara cartel, was released at 2:00 p.m. on August 9, 2013 and what appeared like minutes later the U.S. wanted him re-arrested and extradited to the U.S.
Guess what? Caro-Quintero disappeared shortly after his release.
And now the U.S. is offering a $5 million reward for any information leading to the arrest and/or conviction of Caro-Quintero.
Caro-Quintero was born in the same town as Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman(head of Sinaloa cartel) – in the town of Badiraguato, Sinaloa. He enjoyed the peak of his power during the early 1980’s. His wealth was legendary, rumor has it he offered to pay the external debt of Mexico so that he could remain a free narco without fear of arrest.
When Mexican authorities with the help of the U.S. raided his marijuana holdings, that reportedly cost Caro-Quintero $8 billion, he retaliated by ordering the kidnapping of DEA agent Camarena and his pilot. The two men’s tortured remains were found buried on a ranch belonging to an associate of Caro-Quintero.
Mexico agreed to re-arrest him to appease the U.S. but no word on how hard they are looking for him.
In a statement, the Association of Former Federal Narcotics Agents noted that “The release of this violent butcher is just another example of how the good faith efforts of the United States to work with the Mexican government may be frustrated by the powerful forces of darkness working in the shadows of the Mexican justice system. “