A Mexican drug lord Rafael Caro Quintero convicted in the 1985 murder of a DEA agent was added to the FBI’s list of 10 most wanted list fugitives.
Rafael Caro Quintero was mistakenly released from a Mexican federal prison in 2013 while serving a 40 years sentence for the kidnapping and killing of DEA Special Agent Enrique Camarena Salazar.
“We believe he is still in Mexico,” FBI Deputy Director David Bowdich said at a conference.
Bowdich said the most wanted list is “one of our most valuable tools,” and that 484 of the 518 fugitives who were on the list have been captured.
The FBI also increased the reward for Caro Quintero’s arrest to $20 million. James Walsh, a deputy assistant secretary in the U.S. State Department, said the amount is the highest offered by Narcotics Reward Program and the highest among the 33 active fugitives.
No Mexican officials attended the conference, but DEA acting administrator Robert Patterson said: “Our working relationship with Mexico at our level is superb.”
Also, federal officials unsealed an additional indictment against drug lord Rafael Quintero, accusing him of trafficking in methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin, and marijuana from 1980 until 2017.
Federal authorities say it’s the first time that a suspect sought by the DEA has been added to the FBI’s list.
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