Rafael Caro Quintero: How Mexican drug lord was tracked and captured by a Marine dog

Rafael Caro Quintero
Rafael Caro Quintero

Infamous Mexican drug baron Rafael Caro Quintero – who ordered the kidnap and murder of a US drug enforcement agent in 1985 – has been caught eight years after fleeing jail and unleashing a vicious turf war with rival drug lords.

The 69-year-old was captured by Mexican forces yesterday nearly a decade after walking out of a Mexican prison and returning to drug trafficking, Mexico‘s navy said.

Rafael Caro Quintero: How Mexican drug lord was tracked and captured by a Marine dog

Max, a six-year-old dog which belongs to the Mexican Marines,  has been credited with tracking down drug lord Rafael Caro Quintero.

According to, the female bloodhound found Caro Quintero hiding in the bushes in the town of San Simon, Sinaloa, Mexico.

The site was in the mountains near Sinaloa’s frontier with the northern border state of Chihuahua- a navy helicopter crashed during the mission.

A short video segment released by the navy showed Caro Quintero with his face blurred, dressed in jeans, a wet blue shirt and baggy khaki jacket, being held by both arms by men wearing camouflage uniforms and carrying assault rifles.

A navy Blackhawk helicopter carrying 15 people crashed near the coastal city of Los Mochis during the operation, killing 14 of those aboard, the navy statement said. The available information indicated the helicopter suffered an “accident,” the cause of which had not yet been determined, the statement said.

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Caro Quintero, who has long been linked to the 1985 murder of DEA agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena, will be extradited to the United States.

Max, born April 20, 2016, weighs about 78 pounds and is an expert in tracking.

The Mexican Marines commented in a statement that Max played an integral role in locating Cano Quintero.

Who is Rafael Caro Quintero?

Caro Quintero is one of the founders of the Guadalajara Cartel and one of the most-wanted fugitives with a $20 million reward for information leading to his arrest, according to the DEA.

He was arrested for the murder of Kiki Camarena in 1985 and spent 28 years in prison before getting released in 2016.

Like Emma Coronel – the wife of Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán Loera – Diana Espinoza AguilaRafael Caro Quintero’s wife, was also a beauty queen and both share not only being partners of two of the most famous capos in the history of the country but also having publicly defended them.

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