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Nov 5, 2013 2:58 PM by Nikai Salcido

$5M reward for information leading to arrest of drug lord

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator John McCain has released a statement on the State Department authorizing a reward of up to $5 million for information leading to the capture and re-arrest of Mexican drug lord and murderer Rafael Caro Quintero.

Quintero's the drug cartel lord convicted in the 1985 kidnapping, torture and murder of DEA agent Enrique Camarena.

Quintero was tried in Mexico, convicted, and sentenced to 40 years in prison.

Mexican authorities released Quintero in August after just 28 years of the sentence because of a procedural error.

Even though the Mexican government issued a warrant for Quintero's re-arrest, he remains at large.

In a statement, U.S. Senator John McCain said, "On October 21st, I sent letters to Secretary of State John Kerry and Attorney General Eric Holder expressing my deep concern about the premature release of Mexican drug lord and murderer Rafael Caro Quintero. Today, the State Department has authorized a reward of up to $5 million for information leading to the capture and re-arrest of Quintero, reaffirming America's commitment to bring him to justice. Prior to his premature release more than two months ago, Quintero was serving a 40-year prison sentence in Mexico for his conviction in the 1985 kidnapping, torture, and murder of DEA Agent Enrique ‘Kiki' Camarena. The State Department's announcement today underscores the importance of capturing and re-arresting Quintero. The family of Agent Camarena deserves justice and the United States must ensure that criminals like Quintero who commit violent acts against American law enforcement officials do not escape full punishment."

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