U.S. Government Posting Bounties on Drug Lords

A new bounty posted on Rafael Caro Quintero after being released from prison in Mexico only 3 months ago. Bounties have been posted for the capture of wanted criminal since medieval times, yet this is not something we would think of when we think of our modern society. Currently the U.S. has bounties out on 57 terrorist, ranging anywhere from five hundred thousand dollars up to $25 million. This bounty on Quintero is posted at $5 million and he is wanted for killing a DEA agent and several others while running the Guadalajara Cartel in 1985.

After meeting in Washington this past September, Mexican Attorney General Jesús Murillo Karam said that Quintero would be apprehended. Yet there has been no news to his whereabouts since his release. The DEA says Quintero is a fugitive from U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, and wanted for Fellony Murder Charges as well as Kidnapping. NBC reports that Quintero was 28 years into a 40 year sentence when he was released in August. While his release remains a sore spot in U.S.-Mexico relations, both parties agree he needs to be brought to justice. 


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