Mexican drug lord Rafael Caro-Quintero added to FBI's Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list

$20 million offered for Caro-Quintero's arrest
Posted at 11:27 PM, Apr 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-13 08:03:29-04

(KGTV) - A founding member of a Mexican drug cartel charged with kidnapping and murdering a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent in 1985 has been added to the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list, with one of the highest rewards in the history of the program.

The Department of State’s Narcotics Rewards Program is offering a reward of up to $20 million for information leading to the arrest and/or conviction of Rafael Caro‐Quintero, according to the FBI.

Caro-Quintero, known as RCQ and considered a godfather of Mexican drug trafficking, was one of the primary suppliers of heroin, cocaine and marijuana to the U.S. in the late 1970s.

In 1984, Mexican authorities raided a sprawling marijuana plantation owned by Caro-Quintero, and he blamed undercover DEA agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena for the raid.

Camarena, a Marine, fireman, police officer, and deputy sheriff, was kidnaped on the way to lunch with his wife on February 7, 1985, in Mexico. The kidnapping was allegedly a direct order from Caro‐Quintero.

It is believed that Camarena died within two to three days of his kidnapping, but his body was not found until March 5, 1985. Special Agent Camarena is survived by his wife and three sons.

Anyone with information should immediately contact the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate or report tips at 1-800-CALL-FBI or online by visiting