MEXICO.- Three stories in recent months describe what the escape of a capo means. In a, the governments of Mexico and the United States fight for the assets of Rafael Caro Quintero, founder of the Guadalajara cartel; in another, the drug trafficker fights at gunpoint for leadership on the border. In the third, society bleeds to death by violence.
An alleged pact between Nemesio Oseguera “El Mencho” and Rafael Caro Quintero keeps the state of Sonora among the most violent in the country and others, according to various evidence.
The crisis on the border between Sonora reached such a point that the delegate of the president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, invited the governor of the entity, Alfonso Durazo, to a meeting to deal with the problem.
This despite the fact that Durazo was Secretary of Public Security at the federal level and promised to attend “personally to the issue” in his state.
According to official figures, Every day between four and five high-impact crimes are committed in Sonora. This added up to 448 crimes in the first quarter of the year (from January to March), with peaks in the municipalities of Cajeme, Hermosillo, Guaymas and Nogales, areas where undocumented migrants cross.
Security analyst and columnist Héctor de Mauleón assures that for two years, Caro Quintero made alliances with the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG)with “La Línea”, the armed wing of the Juárez Cartel and with “La Barredora”, another criminal cell from Sonora.
The drug trafficker from Badiraguato, Sinaloa, is currently in a confrontation with “Los Chapitos”, sons of Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán imprisoned in the US, who was born in the same town.
On the other hand, andThe CJNG also maintains open fronts due to the dispute over other plazas in entities such as Zacatecas, San Luis Potosí, Nayarit, Guanajuato, Michoacán, Guerrero and Veracruz as recognized by the authorities, but the participation of Caro Quintero is ignored.
About the alliance with El Mencho there is a narcocorrido called “Wheel of Fortune” by the controversial singer Alfredo Olivas.
Not even Rafa Caro Quintero wanted to return with the MZ (Mayo Zambada)/ because in Sinaloa there is a lot of currenta lot of finger / He at a table for years leaned with the CJNG, but I don’t know he had consolidated today they work hand in hand Mencho and Caro are together even if they don’t believe it “.
The lyrics also insinuate that he sought alliances with other cartel bosses to return to drug trafficking and other illicit activities.
Here I leave a memory because I do not forget / And it is that more than one taught the copper and that is why walk in the shadows that I am back / I am going to get on the wheel of fortune today. I’m going to charge every rudeness, I’ll be a little worse than before. I’m going to put a heavy hand.”
Reports from journalists in Sinaloa indicate that Caro Quintero could have the state as a hiding place. “Recently we sent some reporters to that area, for an issue that had nothing to do with it. And people from Caro Quintero surrounded them and returned them. Everyone knows that the lord is there. It is his refuge, his burrow,” Alejandro Sicairos, director of the magazine Espejo, recently said.
Communicators from Sonora, on the other hand, they calculate that he could well hide in Caborca, the Sinaloa entity where he is very loved because in its golden age of the last century it took a lot of economic boom to have social protection.
In any case, since he decided to flee before the Mexican justice system reversed his release, Caro Quintero lives to jump from the bush to avoid being charged by the United States justice for the murder of DEA agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena in the 1980s.
The attack on Kiki Camarena was allegedly in retaliation for her activities as an undercover agent that led, among other blows, to the seizure of more than 10 thousand tons of marijuanaat the Búfalo ranch, Chihuahua, causing millionaire losses to Caro Quintero.
Caro Quintero was arrested in 1985but continued to amass fortune through various real estate companies, car dealerships, restaurants, fashion and footwear, spas and even mining.
Unofficial calculations affirm that he accumulated around 500 million dollars, more real estate that Mexico and the United States dispute today.
In 2019, the United States requested to seize the capo’s assets by order of a federal court in New Yorkbut that the Mexican government intends that they remain under the heritage of the nation and started a hunt.
In recent days, the Attorney General’s Office summoned the fugitive drug trafficker to demonstrate that he legitimately acquired five properties located in Zapopan or, otherwise, the domain extinction will be applied to them and they will become patrimony of the Institute to Return Stolen to the People.
Among them, a residence in Paseo de los Virreyes, Villa Universitaria subdivision that, according to the municipal cadastre, belongs to Caro Quintero and Elizabeth Elenes, who was the first wife, as well as a warehouse in the Mercado de Abastos Norte, in the name of the four children that Caro Quintero had with Elenes.
Two houses are also listed in the name of one of his daughters, one in the Residencial Arboledas subdivision and another in the Vallarta Universidad subdivision, Jalisco.
Data disclosed by the weekly Zeta Tijuana (which have not been denied) maintain that Caro Quintero has had at least 75 assets seized in the current administration of Andrés Manuel López Obrador. Also, a collection of luxury cars, jackets, watches and jewelry.
The seized assets are related to the probable commission of crimes against health in modalities such as drug dealing, trade and cultivation of marijuana, possession of cocaine, transportation of methamphetamine and production of fentanyl.
Operations with resources of illicit origin are added to your filetransport or possess cash that comes from or represents the product of criminal activity, organized crime, crimes against health, human trafficking and kidnapping since the 1980s.
Lately it is also linked to theft of hydrocarbons known as “huachicoleo” with perforations to the pipelines of Petróleos Mexicanos. At 69 years old.
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– Video: Narcocorrido reveals that Caro Quintero is with Mencho and supports the CJNG
– Video: Hitmen from Los Chapitos humiliate a gunman from Caro Quintero