Miguel Caro-Quintero's organization is based in Sonora, Mexico and
focuses its attention on trafficking cocaine and marijuana. His brother,
Rafael, is in prison in Mexico for his role in killing DEA Special Agent
Kiki Camarena in 1985.
Miguel, along with two of his other brothers--Jorge and Genaro--run the
organization. Miguel himself was arrested in 1992, and the USG and GOM
cooperated in a bilateral prosecution. Unfortunately, that effort was
thwarted when Miguel was able to use a combination of threats and bribes
to have his charges dismissed by a federal judge in Hermosillo. He has
operated freely since that time.
The Caro-Quintero organization specializes primarily in the cultivation,
production and distribution of marijuana, a major cash-crop for drug
groups from Mexico. The organization is believed to own many ranches in
the northern border state of Sonora, where drugs are stored, and from
which drug operations into the United States are staged. Despite its
specialization in marijuana cultivation and distribution , like the other
major drug organizations in Mexico, this group is polydrug in nature, also
transporting and distributing cocaine and methamphetamine.
Miguel Caro-Quintero is the subject of several indictments in the United
States and is currently the subject of provisional arrest warrants issued by
the United States government, yet in an act of astonishing arrogance he
called a radio station in Hermosillo, Mexico last May indicating that he
was bothered by statements I had made that he was an innocent rancher
and charges made against him by DEA were untrue. He then had the
audacity to give his address and invite law enforcement officials from
Mexico and the United States to visit him--yet he remains at large.
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