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Mexican Drug Lord Denies Killing DEA Agent Enrique Camarena in 1985

Former Mexican drug lord Rafael Caro Quintero.

Former Mexican drug lord Rafael Caro Quintero.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Mexican drug lord Rafael Caro Quintero denied killing DEA Agent Enrique Camarena in 1985 and said he did not try to seize control of the Sinaloa drug cartel.

Caro Quintero, a fugitive from justice since 2013, made the statements to Proceco magazine, reports Fox News. 

Quintero was released from prison on Aug. 9, 2013 after a judge dismissed charges against him, and disappeared soon after.

“I didn’t kidnap him, didn’t torture him and didn’t kill him,” the founder of the Guadalajara drug cartel said, referring to the DEA agent.

Caro Quintero said he was “in the wrong place” when the agent was killed.

Caro Quintero said he wants peace and “forgiveness of Mexican society.”

Fugitive Drug Lord Complains That U.S. Is Causing ‘Infernal Nightmare’ for His Family

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A fugitive drug lord accused in the 1985 kidnapping and murder of DEA agent  Enrique Camarenais complaining that the U.S. is causing an “infernal nightmare” for his loved ones, McClatchy reports.

Rafael Caro Quintero, who was released from on Aug. 8 prison early on procedural grounds, is appealing to Mexico’s president for help.

Thing is, Quintero is a wanted man in Mexico. Mexico’s Supreme Court reinstated his conviction on Nov. 6.

Now the U.S. is offering a $5 million bounty for his arrest and conviction, McClatchy reported.

Quintero argues in a letter to President Enrique Pena Niet and other government officials that he has been punished enough.

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U.S. Won’t Pressure Mexico to Capture Man Who Kidnapped, Tortured DEA Agent

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The U.S. isn’t doing enough to pressure Mexico to find the man who kidnapped and tortured a DEA agent after officials released him from a Mexican prison, Fox News reports.

“Enrique ‘Kiki’ Camarena was a decorated agent, his death long forgotten if not for his killer’s recent release and Mexico ignoring our extradition request,”  Fox News correspondent William La Jeunesse said. “This raises questions about what the U.S. is, or isn’t doing, to find him.”

Camarena was abducted in 1985 and tortured for three days.

Mexican drug lord Rafael Caro Quintero and others crushed Camarena’s skull, used a cattle prod and drilled a hole into his head.

“Only U.S. pressure can make Mexico act,” Jeunesse said. “Right now, they don’t see it.”

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U.S., Mexican Authorities Search for Former Drug Lord, DEA Killer Who Was Released From Prison Early

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

So outraged by the early release of a 60-year-old former drug lord from a Mexican prison, U.S. and Mexican authorities are scrambling to track down the man who brutally killed an American DEA agent, Fox News reports.

The U.S. has expressed outrage that a Mexican court would allow Rafael Caro Quintero to be released shortly after midnight on Aug. 9. He was convicted of killing DEA agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena.

The Mexican government planned to follow Quintero after his release but lost him after just 20 minutes, Fox News reported.

The release also threatens to damage relations between the two countries, according to Fox News.

DEA Mad About the Release of Drug Trafficker Linked to Murder of DEA Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena

Enrique Camarena

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Here’s something that will surely increase the tension between D.C. and Mexico.

The Mexicans have released Rafael Caro-Quintero, an infamous drug trafficker, who was serving 40 years in connection with the torture and murder of DEA agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena in 1985.

CBS News reported he was released after serving 28 years. The court threw out his 40 year sentence, concluding he was improperly tried in a federal court for a crime that should have been treated as a state offense.

The DEA found the release disturbing, prompting the agency to release a statement:

The Drug Enforcement Administration is deeply troubled to learn of the decision by a Mexican court to release infamous drug trafficker Rafael Caro-Quintero from a Mexican prison. Caro-Quintero had been serving a 40 year prison sentence in connection with the kidnapping, torture and murder of DEA Special Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena in February 1985. Caro-Quintero was the mastermind and organizer of this atrocious act.

We are reminded every day of the ultimate sacrifice paid by Special Agent Camarena and DEA will vigorously continue its efforts to ensure Caro-Quintero faces charges in the United States for the crimes he committed.