Where Is Rafael Caro Quintero Now 2022? Terrifying Facts About The Drug Lord

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Entitled to be the lord of drugs, Rafael Caro Quintero is the co-founder of the now-disbanded drug cartel popularly known as the "Guadalajara Cartel" along with Miguel Ángel Félix Gallardo and many other renowned drug dealers in the late 1970s.

Rafael Caro is the brother of Miguel Caro Quintero, who is also his mate in the drug world. He was a hot topic during the 1970s as he smuggled large quantities of drugs, namely marijuana to the United States of America from Mexico. 

He was not only involved in the trafficking of drugs but was also held accountable for kidnapping Drug Enforcement Administration agent, Enrique "Kiki" Camarena, Camarena's pilot Alfredo Zavala Avelar, writer John Clay Walker along with a dentistry student Alberto Radelat. 

All these events took place in 1985, after which he escaped to Costa Rica but was arrested later and sent back to Mexico. He was ordered to serve in jail for the next 40 years of his life for other charges including murder. Soon after his imprisonment, his cartel disintegrated. 

He should have been in prison till 2025 A.D. but was released on 2013 A.D. So, where is Rafael Caro Quintero now? To know more let's dig in together

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Personal bio-data 

Full Name Rafael Caro Quintero
Date of Birth October 24, 1952
Birth Place La Noria, Bairaguato, Sinaloa, Mexico
Popularly Known as The lord of Drug
Nationality Mexican 
Father's Name Emilio Caro Payán
Mother's Name Hermelinda Quintero 
Siblings 12
Age 69
Height 1.60 m
Weight 159-170 pounds
Horoscope Libra
Profession drug trafficker, farmer
Net Worth $1.4 million

Early life, parents, and childhood


Rafael Caro Quintero was born on October 24, 1952 A.D., in La Noria, Bairaguato, Sinaloa, Mexico. He was born to his farmer parents, Emilio Caro Payán and Hermelinda Quintero. They had 12 children together making Rafael the oldest son of all. 

Rafael started working from a young age along with his mother, as his father had died when he was just 14 years old. During his childhood, he was involved in agriculture and grazing to help his mother take care of his siblings.

After leaving his family at the age of 16, he worked as a truck driver in Sinaloa. He used to do several other agricultural jobs but later decided to leave his state and move to the neighboring state Chihuahua to join the industry of drugs.

He never had the privilege of joining any kind of educational institution as he had to look after his siblings. This aspect of his life also pushed him to be involved in drug trafficking as he was unaware of the fact that where this path can lead him to.

Knowing more about Rafael Caro Quintero's - Age, weight, height, and more

Rafael Caro Quintero is 1.60 m tall, which sums up to 5 feet 2 inches. He is comparatively shorter than the average height men. However, his short height was never an obstacle for him to work in the field he is involved in presently. 

He weighs between 159-170 pounds, with grey hair and brown eyes. 

Although the co-founder of the "Guadalajara Cartel" is  69 years old, he still has the same level of impact in the world of drug trafficking. 

The start of his career

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Rafael Caro Quintero stepped into the drug world at the young age of 16. Leaving his family behind, he started with baby steps. He first grew marijuana on a small scale at his brother Jorge Luis's ranch. 

After selling the marijuana produced by him, in less than five years, Caro Quintero was able to buy several neighboring ranches. This helped him to produce a larger amount of marijuana to sell and gather a huge sum of money and influence in the market.

He worked with different drug traffickers like Pedro Avilés Pérez, and Ernesto Fonseca Carrillo to name some. After working with many other drug traffickers, Caro Quintero started his drug cartel and named it the "Guadalajara Cartel."

All about Caro's criminal history- Drug trafficking, kidnapping, murder

Caro Quintero was held guilty of ordering the kidnapping, torture, and murder of two U.S. citizens, writer John Clay Walker and dentistry student Albert Radelet on January 30, 1985. 

According to sources, they were murdered as the two accidentally walked into Quintero's private parties while dining in one of the Guadalajara restaurants.  

Both of them encountered Quintero and his men, after which they were taken and locked in a store room. There John and Albert were later tortured by Quintero's men with ice picks and interrogated about what they saw at the party.

John died on the spot after he got blunt force trauma on his head. Albert was alive but still, Quintero's men took him to a park nearby wrapped in a table cloth and buried him there. His body was found six months later in the park.

After the murder of writer John Clay Walker and dentistry student Albert Radelet on January 30, 1985, Quintero murdered U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent, Enrique "Kiki" Camarena, Camarena's pilot Alfredo Zavala Avelar in 1985 A.D. 

On 1984, the Mexican authorities raided a 1000-hectare ranch owned by Rafael Caro Quintero in the state of Chihuahua and burned more than 10,000 tons of marijuana. Quintero suffered a loss of around $160 million due to this. 

This operation was led by U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent, Enrique "Kiki" Camarena who was working undercover and passed the news to the authorities. After knowing the person behind the raid, Caro Quintero along with other drug traffickers was seeking a chance to take revenge against the DEA and Camarena. 

On February 7, 1985, Camarena along with his pilot Alfredo was abducted by Caro Quintero's men and taken to a residence owned by Quintero situated in the western section of the city. 

There, Enrique "Kiki" Camarena and Alfredo Zavala Avelar were brutally tortured and murdered by Quintero's men. After the murder, Rafael Caro Quintero fled from Mexico with his girlfriend Sara Cristina Cosió Gaona. Quintero bribed Mexican Judicial Police Chief Armando Pavón Reyes with $300,000 to let him fly away from Mexico to Costa Rica in a private jet.

Shortly after Armando Pavón Reyes was fired and charged with bribery and involvement in Camarena's murder.

Arrest and relase of Rafael Caro Quintero 

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After flying to Costa Rica, Caro Quintero was arrested on April 4, 1985 A.D. while sleeping in his mansion near the international airport. He was then deported back to Mexico and was sentenced to 40 years imprisonment for being involved in the murder of Camarena and other crimes. 

Looking at all the crimes committed by Quintero, he had to face total imprisonment of 199 years but during the time of his trial, Mexican law only allowed 40 years to be the maximum punishment for serving in jail.  

He was first sent to Federal Social Readaptation Center, which had Mexico's no.1 security system but later in 2007, he was transferred to another high-security prison, Puente  Grande, in the state of Jalisco.

The cartel formed by Quintero along with other traffickers had fallen apart in the 1990s and the fellow traffickers had started their own cartels. Even though he was behind the bars, the U.S. government believed Quintero ran an empire with the help of his brothers and had laundered millions of dollars through gas stations, construction companies, real estate, and many more.

On August 9, 2013, Rafael Caro Quintero was released from jail after serving just 28 years instead of 40 years. He was ordered to be released immediately after the state judge and magistrate Rosalía Isabel Moreno Ruiz raised a motion, and the Jalisco court ruled that Quintero was tried improperly in a federal courtroom for the crimes that had to be treated at a lower level.

After Caro Quintero's release, U.S. President Barack Obama and the administration stated that they were "extremely disappointed" by the decision of the Mexican Government. 

Where is Rafael Caro Quintero at present?

After being released on August 9, 2013, Caro Quintero has not been seen in the public's eye. The Mexican government had been sending Hawk-eyed choppers and many other resources for the search for Quintero. 

On top of that, the U.S. government had kept a bounty of $20 million for the arrest of Caro Quintero. After the continuous efforts of the government, Quintero was finally arrested at a settlement of San Simón on July 15, 2022. He was kept in Federal Social Readaptation Centre No.1 with maximum security. 

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