US govt seeks forfeiture of Mexican real estate under Rafael Caro Quintero

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Defendant Was Previously Indicted in the Eastern District of New York for Leading a Continuing Criminal Enterprise and Conspiring to Murder DEA Special Agent Enrique Kiki” Camarena.

A civil complaint against eight real properties located in and around Guadalajara, Mexico was unsealed today in federal court in Brooklyn.  The properties described in the complaint are alleged to have been purchased by Rafael Caro Quintero with drug proceeds obtained through his leadership of the Caro Quintero drug trafficking organization, a faction of the Mexican organized crime syndicate known as the Sinaloa Cartel.

Richard P. Donoghue, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, and Ray Donovan, Special Agent-in-Charge, Drug Enforcement Administration, New York Division (DEA), announced the complaint.

“Today’s efforts to seize properties Caro Quintero purchased with blood money reaped from the drug trafficking, addiction and violence he sowed in the United States and Mexico is just the latest step in our pursuit of justice,” stated United States Attorney Donoghue.  “We will never forget that Caro Quintero is responsible for the murder of Special Agent Camarena and he now faces a stark choice between the only available endings - an American prison or a Mexican grave, and now is the time to choose.”  Mr. Donoghue extended his grateful appreciation to the DEA New York Division Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Strike Force, as well as the DEA Raleigh Resident Office and DEA Mexico City Country Office for their assistance with the case.  

 “The atrocities of Rafael Caro Quintero are not forgotten, and the history of the terror that he has inflicted serves as a constant reminder to the DEA that we will never stop the pursuit for justice,” stated DEA Special Agent-in-Charge Donovan.  “We are proud to show the world, with the unsealing of this civil complaint, that DEA’s commitment to uncover Caro Quintero’s infrastructure and criminal associates is unwavering. DEA will never forget. We will not relent.”

According to the forfeiture complaint, between January 1980 and March 2015, the Caro Quintero drug trafficking organization was involved in the transportation of multi-ton quantities of marijuana, multi-kilogram quantities of methamphetamine and multi-kilogram quantities of cocaine from Mexico to the United States.  As part of its investigation, law enforcement learned that Caro Quintero used proceeds from the sale of illegal narcotics to purchase real estate in and around his home area of Guadalajara.  Caro Quintero allegedly placed the properties in the names of family members to conceal his ownership of the properties and use of illegal proceeds to purchase them, and to prevent Mexican authorities from seizing them.

Caro Quintero is a fugitive from several indictments in the United States, and is on the FBI’s list of “Ten Most Wanted” criminals.  In April 2018, an indictment was unsealed in federal court in Brooklyn charging Caro Quintero with leading a continuing criminal enterprise and other crimes, including his participation in the 1985 kidnapping, torture and murder of DEA Special Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena.  A $20 million reward provided by the United States Department of State is being offered for information leading to his capture.  

The government’s case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Brendan G. King of the Office’s Asset Forfeiture Unit, and Gina M. Parlovecchio, Michael P. Robotti, Erin Reid and Patricia E. Notopoulos of the Office’s International Narcotics and Money Laundering Section.

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https://www.justice.gov/usao-edny/press-release/file/1212581/download
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Brooklyn US Attorneys Office is going for everything narco related, in Jalisco/Nayarit, and Sinaloa.  I think this is unprecedented.
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They all want the drug money I suppose.
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Thats not even pocket change for them.  The more likely reason is revenge for Kiki.  Until RCQ is dead the DEA wont stop
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That's definitely a big factor. But I also think there's a money-driven incentive here. U.S. district courts often fight among each other to convict Mexican kingpins in their jurisdiction because they get to keep the assets they forfeiture. United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas benefited hugely from Osiel Cárdenas. Perhaps Rafael Caro Quintero is big enough to provide a decent bonus check.

What sucks is a lot of these economic sanctions (like the Kingpin Act) have little to no use in Mexico. The info U.S. authorities collect is often inadmissible in Mexican courts. U.S. law permits sanctions under "reasonable belief" of a crime; that is, something as simple as a declaration from an informant is enough to carry out a sanction. That's not the case in Mexico, where prosecutors are stricter in the way evidence is weighed and collected. Mexico will probably do nothing with this announcement, so it seems like a symbolic gesture...

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I love the tough guy talk. DEA agent said His options are an American prison or a Mexican grave.  I bet that really scared RCQ.  He’s made it this long without either so I don’t see him giving up now.
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what was the U.S doing letting him build equity ??
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it would be nice to see miguel angel caro pic and rafa caro pic  side by side .cause he dissapered into the system after 7-8 years in prison he was known to beat up prison guards and throw huge prison fiestas .
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DEA awarded Criminal Godoy 2.7 million benjamins .to sing like a canary .according to the La times .who does an audit on the reward money .didnt el loco from la familia cash in on his own reward thats why he faked his death the firat time ? who cashed in ovidios reward technicly he was captured .didnt la barbie cash in on his own reward also ?? his dad gave him up barbies dad was awarded the check ??
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what was adelmos reward ? he sure broke out hollywood style look liked he had acess to a back hoe ?? wonder if they even step foot in jail.didnt chapos sons call the first chapos capture before it happen ?? i wonder who was awarded that fat reward ??