NEW YORK — Prosecutors in Brooklyn said Monday they intend to seek the extradition of a nephew of convicted Mexican drug lord Rafael Caro Quintero, a notorious underworld figure who is on the FBI’s most wanted list for the murder of a federal agent over three decades ago.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York announced the unsealing of an indictment charging Ismael Quintero Arellanes with conspiracy to distribute heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana, as well as unlawful use of arms.
Quintero Arellanes, 49, is accused of being an associate of the Caro Quintero drug trafficking organization, a faction of the Sinaloa cartel, prosecutors said. He was arrested in Mexico at the end of January.
Caro Quintero, his uncle, is accused of distributing “massive amounts of illegal narcotics” and also in the kidnapping and murder of DEA Special Agent Enrique Camarena in Mexico in 1985.
After spending years in prison in Mexico, Caro Quintero was freed in 2013, a decision that angered Washington. A Mexican federal court has issued a warrant for his re-arrest, but he remains at large.
Ray Donovan, special agent-in-charge of the DEA’s New York Division, said in a statement Monday that Quintero Arellanes’ arrest and indictment are indicative that “the walls are closing in on members of the Sinaloa cartel.”
If extradited and convicted, Quintero Arellanes faces a minimum sentence of 20 years in prison.
A superseding indictment was unsealed today in federal court in Brooklyn charging Ismael Quintero Arellanes with participating in an international conspiracy to manufacture and distribute heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana and unlawful use of firearms as part of the Rafael Caro Quintero drug trafficking organization, a faction of the Mexican organized crime syndicate known as the Sinaloa Cartel. The superseding indictment was returned under seal by a grand jury in July 2018. Quintero Arellanes was captured in Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico on January 29, 2020. The United States intends to seek his extradition to face charges in the Eastern District of New York.
Lines up with the cooperation of another Quintero nephew, who turned himself in San Diego, in 2017, but he was prosecuted in Brooklyn, still hasn't been sentenced. El Cadete. And, who is blacked out of the indictment?
The U.S. government is determined to undermine Caro Quintero in all possible ways. They want to let him know that even if he dies without ever going to trial for Camarena's murder, his family will suffer and their assets will, too.
Waiting for the damn Mexican government to do something, though. Caro Quintero's family, including children, had their U.S. assets frozen years back with the Kingpin Act. Mexico hasn't done its part here.
Seeking extradition...I hate to sound cynical, but something tells me there was something wrong with the warrant, a legal technicality during the detention process, or perhaps someone will use a laundry cart to mosy on out of custody before extradition. Also.... Ray Donovan? Lol.
Yes. The the US gov will have a priapism for the Quintero clan for as long as Rafa remains free. He may be playing a key role in ‘getting them in line’, however, thus some safe guarding from Mexican authorities may be pragmatic... for now