US Issues $5M Reward Leading to Arrest of Rafael Caro-Quintero

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Americans outraged by his recent release

The U.S. Department of State today announced a new reward offering a $5 million for information leading to the arrest and/or conviction of Mexican druglord Caro-Quinterounder under the Narcotics Reward Program.

Caro-Quintero had kidnapped, tortured and murdered U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena in 1985.

The Mexican druglord had served 28 years of a 40-year prison term for his crimes when a Mexican court ordered his release in August 2013 due to procedural grounds.

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Caro-Quintero is indicted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California on many U.S. federal felony charges. US considered him a fugitive from justice.

American outraged by the release of Quintero

After the release of Quintero, Americans were angry with the decision and triggered another protest when the ruling also dismissed accusations against Caro Quintero of the killings of two other Americans John Clay Walker and Albert Radelat of Fort Worth.

Reports say the announcement as the country celebrates the Red Ribbon Week in October. The event is the nation’s largest drug prevention effort. It was initiated after Camarena’s death in 1985 and is celebrated nationally every October

The Narcotics Rewards Program was established by Congress in 1986 as a tool to assist the U.S. government in identifying and bringing to justice major violators of U.S. narcotics laws.

The Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) manages the program in coordination with the Department of Justice and its Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the Department of Homeland Security and its Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and other U.S. agencies.

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