Guadalajara Cartel Founder Rafael Caro Quintero Arrested

Update (1953 EST):

Update (1806 EST): A Mexican Navy helicopter has reportedly crashed in los Mochis, during the operation, killing 9. It is unclear if Quintero was onboard. The crash happened 25 minutes ago.

Update: He was reportedly arrested in Choix, Sinaloa, Mexico for reasons related to extradition, says sources familiar with the matter.

The founder of the Guadalajara Cartel, Rafael Caro Quintero, who is also on the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Top 10 Most Wanted List had been arrested in Mexico in a Mexican Navy led operation.

More details to follow.

Rafael Caro Quintero (born October 24, 1952) is a Mexican drug lord who co-founded the now-disintegrated Guadalajara Cartel with Miguel Ángel Félix Gallardo and other drug traffickers in the late 1970s. He is also the founder and suspected current leader of the newly formed Caborca Cartel based in Sonora. He is the brother of fellow drug trafficker Miguel Caro Quintero, founder and former leader of the defunct Sonora Cartel. (Wiki) He stands wanted for his role in the murder of a DEA special agent in 1985, and has a reward of up to 20M USD available for information leading to his arrest and/or conviction. The estimated worth of his brainchild cartel is estimated to be 20B USD.

He was released by the Mexican government in 2013 after serving a 28 year sentence, but has been dodging this new arrest warrant issued the same year. Since then the US Department of Justice has also issued a 5 M USD reward for his capture and delivery.

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