Narcotics Rewards Program: Rafael Caro-Quintero

Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs


Date: 09/10/2013 Description: Rafael Caro Quintero is a fugitive from the Central District of California wanted on felony murder, felony kidnapping, racketeering, drug trafficking, firearms possession, conspiracy, and continuing criminal enterprise charges. - State Dept ImageALIASES:

DOB: October 24, 1952
POB: Mexico
HEIGHT: 6 feet
WEIGHT: 160 Pounds

Rafael Caro Quintero is indicted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California on numerous U.S. federal felony charges.

From 1982 to 1984, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) special agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena investigated the drug trafficking organization of Rafael Caro-Quintero and others in Mexico, which was responsible for the cultivation and ultimate distribution of over 10,000 tons of marijuana in the United States. The DEA investigation led to drug seizures that severely damaged the organization. Beginning in 1984, members of the Caro-Quintero organization engaged in a series of actions to retaliate against the DEA and in 1985 Caro-Quintero and others murdered John Clay Walker and Alberto Radelat, U.S. nationals who were mistakenly thought to be DEA agents. Later in 1985, Caro-Quintero and others kidnapped, tortured, and murdered Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena and Alfredo Zavala Avelar, a pilot who was assisting Special Agent Camarena.

The U.S. Department of State is currently offering a REWARD OF UP TO $5 MILLION for information leading to the arrest and/or conviction of Rafael Caro-Quintero.