DOJ Responds After Most Wanted Mexican Drug Lord, Who Murdered DEA Agent, Captured By Military
A unit of the Mexican Federal Police patrols the surroundings of the Puente Grande State prison (background) in Zapotlanejo, Jalisco State, Mexico, on 9 August, 2013 where former top Mexican cartel boss Rafael Caro Quintero -- who masterminded the kidnap and murder of a US anti-drug agent in 1985 -- was informed early Friday that a court ordered his release. A criminal court in the western state of Jalisco approved Rafael Caro Quintero's release on August 7, a court official who asked not to be identified told AFP. Caro Quintero has served 28 years in prison for the 1985 murder of US Drug Enforcement Administration special agent Enrique Camarena, who was kidnapped in Guadalajara and tortured and murdered.
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Infamous Mexican cartel kingpin Rafael Caro Quintero, who murdered a U.S. federal agent in 1985, was captured by an elite Mexican military unit on Friday after being on the run for nearly a decade.

Quintero was sentenced to 40 years in prison for the murder of DEA agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena but was let out after 28 years because a judge in Mexico ruled that he should have been tried in a federal court, not a state court.

When Mexican officials went to retry the case, Quintero went into hiding and remained on the run for almost 10 years.

With a $20 million price tag on his head from the U.S. government, Quintero reportedly reassembled his drug cartel shortly after being let out of prison.

U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland praised the work of Mexican officials for capturing Quintero, who was on the FBI’s top 10 most wanted fugitive list.

“There is no hiding place for anyone who kidnaps, tortures, and murders American law enforcement,” Garland said. “We are deeply grateful to Mexican authorities for their capture and arrest of Rafael Caro-Quintero. Today’s arrest is the culmination of tireless work by DEA and their Mexican partners to bring Caro-Quintero to justice for his alleged crimes, including the torture and execution of DEA Special Agent Enrique ‘Kiki’ Camarena.”

“We will be seeking his immediate extradition to the United States so he can be tried for these crimes in the very justice system Special Agent Camarena died defending,” he added. “We join in mourning the 14 Mexican servicemembers who gave their lives in service to their country and extend our condolences to the loved ones they left behind.”

The FBI said that Quintero allegedly “holds an active key leadership position directing the activities of the Sinaloa Cartel and the Caro-Quintero Drug Trafficking Organization.”

The Mexican Navy reportedly took custody of Quintero around midday after a search dog found the drug trafficker hiding in the brush during the military operation to bring him to justice.

Quintero was one of the most prolific traffickers of heroin, cocaine, and marijuana to the U.S. in the late 1970s.

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