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DEA Agent Joe DuBois Breaks Silence About Standoff With Mexican Drug Dealers in 1999

The story stems from a 1999 incident down in Mexico. If anything has changed in the past 11 years it’s that things haven’t gotten much worse.

Mexico border map

By Dan Schiller
Houston Chronicle

They were outnumbered and outgunned behind enemy lines, but the two U.S. federal agents cornered in a Mexican border city decided to die on their own terms.

No surrender.

The choice facing Drug Enforcement Administration agent Joe DuBois and FBI agent Daniel Fuentes was simple: Hold their ground to be riddled with machine-gun fire, or be captured by drug-cartel henchmen who would diabolically interrogate them using pliers, blowtorches or worse.

“I knew what they’d do to me,” recalled DuBois. “I’d seen many pictures of the bodies they leave behind.

“Dan and I decided, if we are going to die, we are going to die here.”

In an exclusive interview with the Houston Chronicle, DuBois publicly discussed for the first time the now-infamous 1999 standoff that put one of the most powerful cartel leaders in history on America’s most-wanted list.

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