Drug lord Rafael Caro Quintero arrested by Mexico, to face extradition to US

On Friday, three days after a White House meeting between Presidents Joe Biden of the United States of America and Andrés Manuel López Obrador of Mexico, Mexican authorities arrested infamous drug lord Rafael Caro Quintero. The drug lord is being held at a maximum security prison and is expected to be extradited to the U.S.; to face charges of killing a DEA agent.

The arrest took place deep in the mountains of the northwestern state of Sinaloa, which is the native state of Quintero. As marines closed in, on his hiding place deep in the mountains, a bloodhound disturbed him from the undergrowth. He was hiding in the bushes in San Simon, a town in the Choix municipality. The arrest was marred by tragedy as 14 Mexican marines died. One marine was injured as a navy Blackhawk helicopter crashed. The navy is investigating the cause of what was said to be an accident.

Late Friday, the Attorney General’s Office in Mexico released a statement that Caro Quintero had been arrested and would be extradited to the U.S. It also mentioned that the drug lord would be held at Altiplano prison, a maximum security prison that is about 50 miles away from Mexico City.

Caro Quintero, who is said to be in his sixties as his exact age is not known, is wanted by the U.S. as authorities say that he had allegedly kidnapped as well as conspired to murder Enrique Camarena Salazar in 1985. Salazar was a Special Agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

DEA administrator Anne Milgram commended the agency’s workforce in a note on Friday evening. Milgram said that the men and women of the DEA had worked tirelessly for over 30 years “to bring Caro Quintero to justice.” The administrator added that the arrest was a result of the years of “blood, sweat and tears” of the workforce. The note also said that Caro Quintero would not have faced justice, without their work.


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