A reader reminded me of the wanted billboards erected in search of Rafael Caro Quintero. I only knew of those posted in June in Arizona and Texas, the reader commented that they were also in Los Angeles in various points, I checked and he/she is correct. Readers may recall the defacing of two DEA billboards in El Paso. (photo below)
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) unveiled a billboard in Phoenix, Arizona seeking information for the capture of Mexican drug lord Rafael Caro-Quintero. The new reward is being offered by the U.S. Department of State under the Narcotics Reward Program for information leading to the arrest and/or conviction of Caro-Quintero, who kidnapped, tortured and murdered DEA Special Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena in 1985.
Caro-Quintero had served 28 years of a 40-year prison term for his crimes when a Mexican court ordered his release on August 9, 2013 on procedural grounds. Caro-Quintero is a fugitive from the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California on felony murder, felony kidnapping, and other criminal charges. Caro-Quintero was the mastermind of the atrocious acts against Special Agent Camarena, and DEA will vigorously continue its efforts to ensure that Caro-Quintero faces charges in the United States for the crimes he committed.
Similar billboards are being placed in El Paso, Texas, San Diego, and Los Angeles, California.
Today from Los Angeles Register:
A new billboard has joined I-5’s usual lineup of signs touting casinos, concerts, and cows inviting you to “eat mor chikin.”
This one’s a little grimmer than most: Three grainy mug shots stare down, and the text promises a “REWARD of up to $5,000,000.00 USD” for tips leading to the arrest of notorious Mexican drug lord Rafael Caro Quintero.
The billboard is part of a Drug Enforcement Administration program, to turn billboards into modern-day “wanted” posters officials hope will help them track down Caro Quintero.
Los Angeles County’s Caro Quintero billboard is on the southbound I-5 after the Slauson Avenue/Montebello exit near the city of Commerce.
The $5 million reward is being offered by the DEA under the Narcotics Reward Program, which was created by Congress to find violators who transport drugs into the United States.
People with information about Caro Quintero can call 866-629-6036 or email CAROQUINTEROTIPS@usdoj.gov