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Outrageous Mexican Court System

Dear AFFNA Member:

 Today I received a request from the NY Times to provide a comment in the name of AFFNA on a recent story coming out of Mexico. It seems that a court in Mexico has ruled that the murderer of Enrique Camarena, Rafael Caro-Quintero, be released from prison; ruling that his conviction was flawed.

  Working with your AFFNA President, Joe Gutensohn, the NY Times was provided the follow:

The Association of Former Federal Narcotics Agents (AFFNA) is outraged at this unconscionable travesty coming out of the Mexican court system. At no time should Rafael Caro-Quintero see the light of day as a free man. We find it astounding that after 28 years his guilt should still be at issue. This heinous crime was indeed a low point in US/Mexico relations. The release of this violent butcher is but another example of how good faith efforts by the US to work with the Mexican government can be frustrated by those powerful dark forces that work in the shadows of the Mexican "justice” system.

AFFNA will now demand that the US government ask for Caro-Quintero's extradition to the US so he can be given the justice he so richly deserves.

Joel Gutensohn


I then received the following press release from DEA HQS:

DEA Statement on Release of Rafael Caro-Quintero from Mexican Prison

TheDrug Enforcement Administration is deeply troubled to learn of the decision by a Mexican court to release infamous drug trafficker Rafael Caro-Quintero from a Mexican prison. Caro-Quintero had been serving a 40 year prison sentence in connection with the kidnapping, torture and murder of DEA Special Agent Enrique "Kiki” Camarena in February 1985. Caro-Quintero was the mastermind and organizer of this atrocious act. We are reminded every day of the ultimate sacrifice paid by Special Agent Camarena and DEA will vigorously continue its efforts to ensure Caro-Quintero faces charges in the United States for the crimes he committed.

Feel free to let your elected public officials know how you feel about this news.

David G. Wilson

Executive Director

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