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Mexican forces arrested notorious drug lord Rafael Caro-Quintero almost ten years after he got out of prison and returned to the drug trade.
A Mexican Navy spokesman on Friday confirmed Caro-Quintero’s arrest but did not provide any details. Quintero was released from prison in 2013 after serving 28 years of a 40-year prison sentence for his role in the 1985 kidnapping and murder of U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena.
President of Mexico Andrés Manuel López Obrador claimed he had no interest in apprehending drug lords and preferred to avoid violence.
Caro-Quintero was a former leader of the Guadalajara cartel. Drug Enforcement Administration approves that he returned to the drug trade and ordered the bloody attacks in the state of Sonora, bordering northern Mexico.
Caro-Quintero blamed Camarena for a raid on a marijuana plantation in 1984, allegedly ordering his kidnapping the following year. Camarena’s body was found a month later with signs of torture and ill-treatment.
The FBI added Caro-Quintero to the list List of Top 10 Most Wanted in 2018 and offered a reward of up to $20 million for information leading to the arrest and/or conviction of Quintero.
The Court of Appeal overturned Caro-Quintero’s conviction. The Supreme Court upheld the verdict, but Caro-Quintero disappeared before the decision could be enforced.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
This is an evolving story.