Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Stepson of Rafael Caro Quintero, a U.S. citizen, accused of violating the Kingpin Act

"MX" for Borderland Beat
Rafael Caro Quintero
The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York charged Bryant Espinoza Aguilar, the stepson of the former Guadalajara Cartel leader and fugitive Rafael Caro Quintero, of violating the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act (Kingpin Act). The complaint was unsealed yesterday and charges Espinoza Aguilar — a U.S. citizen — of assisting Caro Quintero and his common law wife by putting assets under his own name.

The complaint states that Espinoza Aguilar transferred property owned by his mother into his own name and bribed a Mexican public official to change the name of the property in a public registry document to protect it from being seized. The property in question was a luxury home located in Jardines del Pedregal, an upscale neighborhood in Mexico City.

In 2000, the U.S. government sanctioned Caro Quintero under the Kingpin Act and named him a specially designated narcotics trafficker. Espinoza Aguilar's mother Diane was sanctioned under the Kingpin Act in 2016 for providing material and financial assistance to Caro Quintero's network. The Kingpin Act prohibits U.S. citizens like Espinoza Aguilar from conducting business activities with sanctioned individuals and companies.

"As alleged, the defendant acted as a straw man to protect property purchased with the illicit, blood-stained proceeds of his stepfather's drug trafficking empire from being seized by the government," said U.S. Attorney Richard P. Donoghue.

Background
According to the U.S. government, between January 1980 and January 2017, Caro Quintero led a continuing criminal enterprise that smuggled massive amounts of illegal narcotics from Mexico and elsewhere into the U.S. In addition, it conspired to murder people who posed a threat to the criminal organization. The murder conspiracy includes the kidnapping and murder of Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agent Enrique "Kiki" Camarena in February 1985.

"On February 7, 1985, DEA was forever changed when Special Agent Enrique 'Kiki' Camarena was kidnapped, tortured, and murdered in Guadalajara, Mexico," said DEA Acting Administrator Shea. "We will never forget his sacrifice and remain steadfast in our pursuit of the man responsible for his death, Rafael Caro Quintero, and those that continue to protect and enable his criminal activities. Let today's action be a clear message to Caro Quintero, his family, and his criminal associates — we will stop at nothing in our pursuit for justice for Camarena."

In 2013, he was freed from a Mexican state jail on a legal technicality after he was tried in a federal tribunal for a state crime. An arrest warrant was issued by federal authorities a few months after his release. If Caro Quintero is ever arrested in Mexico, officials say he will likely be extradited to the U.S.

In the U.S., he is wanted for kidnapping and murder of a U.S. federal officer, as well as drug trafficking, money laundering and for leading a continuous criminal enterprise. The U.S. government is offering a US$20 million bounty for his capture. This is the highest reward the U.S. offers for a Mexican criminal.

Sources: USDOJ and Borderland Beat archives

20 comments:

  1. Only a matter of time RCQ...only a matter of time...jajajajaja

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    1. Haha keep laughing,you’ll see Don Rafa is gonna win in the end.

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    2. Yes he is Mucho Respect for Don Rafa.ūüŹī‍☠️ūüŹī‍☠️

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  2. The precedent is the Jessica Osguera case, prosecutors will be bringing these more and more.

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  3. Caro is an amazing criminal, he always comes out a winner ūüŹÜ

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    1. He is big time fucking loser like all criminals. The definition of a criminal is someone who fails in civilized society!

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    2. He will always be protected by his government

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    3. July 8, 2020 at 4:25 AM....
      HIS A CRIMINAL BECAUSE OF A FAIL GOVERMENT....
      PEOPLE IN THE USA THINK THAT POOR PEOPLE IN MEXICO AND LATIN AMERICA HAVE A CHOICE.... IF YOU DONT WORK NOBODY HELPS YOU OUT.... THE USA HELPS YOU WITH HOUSING FOOD STAMPS MEDICAID... AND YET PEOPLE STILL COMPLAIN ABOUT NOT HAVING ANYTHING.... THEY WANT LUXURIES WITHOUT WORKING THEY WANT HIGH PAYING JOBS WITHOUT GOING TO SCHOOL OR WORKING HARD TO OBTAIN THAT POSITION... I WANT TO SEE ALL YOU THAT SAY THEY ARE CRIMINALS LIVE WHERE THEY WERE BORN AND SEE IF YOU HAD A CHOICE?

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  4. Caro Quintero is too old. He wears a diaper now and won’t make it that long, Along with his elderly compa el Mayo

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  5. Find dirty money and use it for education, health and infrastructure. SDSO

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  6. Damn even government plays dirty .

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  7. Goes to show you kill a DEA agent your basically F'd for life. The Americans will never let you escape. RCQ should be thankfully he hasnt been killed by the DEA/CIA yet

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    1. You're 100% correct. Apparently, Mexican drug enforcement agents ain't worth much.

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    2. So should a couple ūüźĖ DEA Agents I know? Should be lucky there alive

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    3. If they could they would unfortunately For you amigo el numero uno is always one step ahead. Like those old commercials use to say don rafa es un orgullo hispano

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    4. It was the see eye aae that killed Kiki..using that Ishmael Cuban guy

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  8. They know where he is. He's not dead or captured for a reason.

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    1. I guess they don’t call him “El Numero Uno” for nothing?

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