Berliner Tageblatt - Mexico captures drug fugitive on FBI most-wanted list: navy

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Mexico captures drug fugitive on FBI most-wanted list: navy
Mexico captures drug fugitive on FBI most-wanted list: navy / Photo: © Policia Federal Preventiva/AFP/File

Mexico captures drug fugitive on FBI most-wanted list: navy

Mexico has captured an alleged drug kingpin on the FBI list of 10 most wanted fugitives for the murder of a US federal agent, a navy source said Friday.

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Rafael Caro Quintero is accused by the United States of ordering the kidnap, torture and murder of Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) special agent Enrique "Kiki" Camarena in 1985.

He was arrested that year, tried in Mexico and sentenced to 40 years in prison.

But in 2013, a Mexican court ordered Caro Quintero's release on a legal technicality after he served 28 years.

The decision was overturned by Mexico's supreme court, but Quintero had already gone into hiding.

Caro Quintero has a $20 million bounty on his head and was described by the FBI as "extremely dangerous."

He is accused of co-founding the Guadalajara drug cartel and currently runs an arm of the infamous Sinaloa cartel, according to the DEA.

He was captured by the navy in the northern state of Chihuahua, according to Mexican media.

Last year a Mexican court ruled that Caro Quintero could be extradited to the United States if caught, rejecting an appeal from his lawyers who argued that he had already been tried in a Mexican court.

I.Meyer--BTB