Rafael Caro Quintero


Mexico's oldest drug lord just left prison

Ernesto Fonseca Carrillo, aka Don Neto, was transferred to house arrest. He helped found Mexico's first drug trafficking cartel and is serving a sentence for killing a DEA agent.
Nathaniel Janowitz

Fugitive Mexican drug lord Rafael Caro Quintero pleads for a 'second chance'

The legendary Mexican drug lord denied killing DEA agent "Kiki" Camarena, repeatedly apologized to the US government, and refuted reports that he is currently heading an assault on territory controlled by the Sinaloa cartel.
Jo Tuckman

After years of decline, Mexico's murder rate is heading back to peak drug war levels

Renewed cartel violence in the first half of this year pushed up Mexico's murder rate by about 15 percent.
Nathaniel Janowitz
crime & drugs

Common-Law Wife of One of the DEA's Most-Hated Drug Lords Added to US Kingpin List

Diana Espinoza Aguila met Mexican drug trafficker Rafael Caro Quintero in prison, where he was serving a 40-year prison sentence for the murder of a DEA agent. His early release in 2013 caused an uproar in the US.
Nathaniel Janowitz

24 Sinaloa Cartel Members Arrested in Secretive Joint Operation by US and Mexico

US and Mexican authorities reportedly teamed up to arrest two dozen high-level cartel members in the Mexican state of Sonora along the border with Arizona.
crime & drugs

After El Chapo: The World's 10 Most Wanted Drug Lords

The DEA's list of wanted drug lords is out of date after the capture of the infamous Mexican trafficker — so we made our own.
Nathaniel Janowitz
crime & drugs

Why Chapo’s Capture Won’t Stop the Flow of Weed, Meth, Cocaine, and Heroin

Leading analysts and critics of the US-backed drug war in Mexico say that the arrest of the world's most wanted drug lord means little to the actual street-level drug market on America’s streets or to levels of violence in Mexico.
Daniel Hernandez

Mexico Captures, Releases, Then Recaptures ‘El Menchito,’ Son of Powerful Drug Lord

Critics say the recent revolving door for 25-year-old Ruben Oseguera Gonzalez is a stark example of the Mexican justice system's corruption and ineptitude.
Duncan Tucker
crime & drugs

Mexico Releases Notorious Female Drug Trafficker Nicknamed 'Queen of the Pacific'

Sandra Avila Beltran was released from prison Saturday, the latest powerful organized crime figure to be freed by Mexican courts on a legal technicality.
Meredith Hoffman

The Godfather of Mexican Drug Trafficking Has Disappeared

Rafael Caro Quintero, former founder and leader of the Guadalajara Cartel, had served 28 years of a 40-year prison sentence for drug trafficking and the murder of a DEA agent named Enrique 'Kiki' Camarena, but was mysteriously released from prison on a...
Jason McGahan