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Friday, May 29, 2020

Rafael Caro Quintero Wants to Delay Extradition Hearing; Claims He Is Poor and That Judge Is Plotting Against Him

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Rafael Caro Quintero
Rafael Caro Quintero, the former leader of the Guadalajara Cartel, asked a Mexican federal court to postpone his U.S. extradition hearing earlier this week. He also asked the judge to declare him unable to participate in the deliberation of the case.

Despite the fact that the U.S. and Mexican government suspect him of laundering millions of dollars through businesses across Mexico, Caro Quintero told the court that he lived in poverty. He also said he was too old to work and did not have a pension. 

Caro Quintero also wants to replace Juan José Olvera López, the presiding judge on his extradition case. He claims that the judge is plotting against him and has already told his colleagues that he will deny his legal motions. Caro Quintero is upset that his hearing was made public because he asked the court to not release any details. 

The court indicated that Caro Quintero’s attorney Carlos Isaías García Vázquez was not authorized to issue such legal requests on his client’s behalf electronically because he did not sign up as an online trial user on time. All court sessions are held electronically, and no public sessions are in scheduled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The court confirmed that they would decide on Caro Quintero’s motion once court activities resume to normality.

Last month, Borderland Beat reported that the Mexican government froze 18 bank accounts linked to the Sinaloa Cartel and Caro Quintero. The U.S. government has also frozen multiple U.S.-base assets owned by Caro Quintero through the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act (Kingpin Act) over the years.

Caro Quintero, the former leader of the Guadalajara Cartel, is wanted for the 1985 murder of DEA agent Camarena. In 2013, he was freed from a Mexican state jail on a legal technicality, but 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.


  1. 😂 WTF? How pathetic of the DEA to beg for blood from a stone. The Elderly Gentleman is a Hero to Many

    1. 9:51-

      WTF is wrong with you? He killed a U.S. DEA agent. There is something about the culture of service in the USA. Your brothers will find those that killed you eventually.

      In Mexico, it seems that if a law enforcement brother is killed- the rest scatter in the opposite direction. That is fear, my friend. The threat of your family being beheaded. If you even try to arrest someone.

  2. Really a hero??? This man is a drug dealer/user, murderer and rapist. He should be shown the same mercy that he gave to the to the two american men he murdered in the seafood place by the US consulate in GDL. Or maybe the same mercy he gave to the JW missionaries that he tortured, raped and murdered in the house in GDL. Along with the countless other people he killed an maimed. This guy is a cruel and evil person. He needs to spend the rest of his life in the super-max along with his errand boy el chapo.

    1. At the same time he was letting the US and the CIA use his ranch to train military folks. They knew what he was doing and even involved. I do think he needs to be punished die what you say but as far as the Camarera case, he already did 28 years. Wouldn't it be double jeopardy to charge him again with that in the US? There are a lot of US people involved in this whole thing and using Rafa as a scapegoat.

  3. So when they arrested Nazi members when they were 80 years old that was pathetic? Nazis were heros to people too. Doesn't mean they shouldn't pay for their crimes. Give your head a shake please

  4. Why are they after him if he wasnt the one who killed him? Is it the US ego ?

    1. This is typical bs dea tactics- if you kill any dea/fbi agent, they dont care if its 5000 years from now- they gonna come for that ass- they never forget

      Caro is a rapist?? Got a link for that??

    2. are right and the DEA and most federal agencies can/will "investigate" a single person for years and years before making a move. Sometimes they may just close your case.

      The reason is that the these federal agencies have the resources and budget to maintain these investigations for as long as they like. Unlike Mexican federal agencies. I could be wrong here.

      The Mexican legal system befuddles me. I am just confused. I wish we had the blessing of this almighty "AMPARO". This power usually works for people that have influence or money. Didn't work for Chapo though.

      He got too powerful, too brave and too rude with his government counterparts. All the ones he was working with gave him up. Is it true that he was caught by two local policeman with his bodygaurd? Before being extradited?

  5. Hahaa!! Extradition is a fate worse than death for these a$$holes!! Just like El Chapo! If you followed Chapos trial he requested two things from the Judge. First request was from his wife asking for a foot stool for Chapo to help him take a crap!! The 2nd request was from lawyers asking that Chapo have 5 minutes alone with his wife and daughters. When the latter was denied Chapo started to cry. The big tough guy blubbered like a kid who didnt get dessert!!! That was priceless! Imagine a guy who took the lives of so many fathers asking that he be allowed to hug his family. Wow...U.S. Judges do not play. They show zero mercy to these pigs. Viva La...How do say cry babies in Spanish. Haa


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