You can’t keep a good man down.

According to reports in the Mexican media, drug kingpin Rafael Caro Quintero may be staging a comeback in Ciudad Juarez. From El Diario:

El narcotraficante Rafael Caro Quintero pretende disputar la plaza de Chihuahua al Cártel de Sinaloa, de acuerdo con el Fiscal General del Estado, Jorge González Nicolás.

Por ello, autoridades activaron una alerta e implementaron acciones de reforzamiento principalmente en el llamado “Triángulo Dorado”, convergencia de Chihuahua, Sinaloa y Durango, además del Valle de Juárez, que comprende la zona rural de esa ciudad fronteriza, y los Municipios de Guadalupe y Praxedis G. Guerrero.

What, you can’t read Spanish yet?

Drug trafficker Rafael Caro Quintero is trying to take over the Chihuahua plaza from the Sinaloa Cartel, according to the Fiscal General of the state, Jorge González Nicolás.

Authorities activated a alert for Caro Quintero, and are reinforcing the area known as the Golden Triangle, where the Mexican states of Chihuahua, Sinaloa, and Durango meet, and also the Valley of Juarez, the rural area of the border city, and the towns of Guadalupe and Praxedis G. Guerrero.

You remember Mr. Caro Quintero. From Wikipedia:

Caro Quintero has also been accused of involvement in the murder of US Drug Enforcement Administration agent Enrique Camarena Salazar. In November 1984, the Mexican authorities raided a 220-acre ranch known as El Búfalo in the state of Chihuahua, owned by Caro Quintero. The authorities reportedly burned more than 10,000 tons of marijuana – totaling a loss of around $160 million. Camarena Salazar, who had been working undercover in Mexico, was said to be responsible for leading the authorities to the ranch. This allegedly prompted Caro Quintero and other high-ranking members of the Guadalajara Cartel to seek revenge against the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and Camarena. In retribution, Camarena and his pilot Alfredo Zavala Avelar were allegedly kidnapped in Guadalajara on 7 February 1985 and brutally tortured and murdered. Caro Quintero allegedly buried the two bodies in a clandestine grave in the state of Michoacán. He then left Mexico on 9 March 1985 with his associates and his girlfriend Sara Cristina Cosío Gaona. Former Mexican Judicial Police chief Armando Pavón Reyes reportedly allowed Caro Quintero to flee from the airport in Guadalajara to seek refuge in Costa Rica in a private jet after paying a $300,000 bribe. The police chief was fired shortly afterwards and was charged with bribery and complicity in the Camarena murder.

That ranch El Búfalo was located down there by Villa Ahumada.

Mr. Caro Quintero was released in 2013 on a technicality relating to his trial. He immediately went into hiding.

Edit: El Diario reports today that El Búfalo was really down there by Jimenez, south of Ciudad Chihuahua. El Chuqueño regrets any inconvenience this geographical error may have caused any sightseers.

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