Miguel Caro Quintero

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Miguel Ángel Caro Quintero
Miguel Ángel Caro Quintero

1963 (age 55–56)
OccupationIllegal drug trafficker
EmployerLeader of Sonora Cartel
Known forDrug lord.
Partner(s)Miguel Ángel Félix Gallardo, Rafael Caro Quintero
RelativesRafael Caro Quintero
Arrested in 2001 and extradited to U.S. on February 25, 2009.[1][2]

Miguel Ángel Caro Quintero is a former Mexican Drug lord born in La Noria, Badiraguato, Sinaloa, Mexico, in 1963. He is believed to have been one of the leaders of the Sonora Cartel.[3]

Sonora Cartel[edit]

The United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) states Caro Quintero created the Sonora Cartel from remnants of the Guadalajara Cartel, which was co-founded by his brother Rafael Caro Quintero. Rafael Caro Quintero was arrested in Costa Rica in 1985 in connection with the torture and death of DEA Special Agent Enrique "Kiki" Camarena Salazar.

In 1989 Miguel Ángel Félix Gallardo was arrested, causing the splintering of the Guadalajara Cartel into the Sinaloa Cartel, Tijuana Cartel and Sonora Cartel.[4][5]


Caro Quintero was previously arrested in 1992 on charges of tax evasion, he was found not guilty, which the DEA attributes to the use of threats and bribes by Caro Quintero. While imprisoned, it is believed Caro-Quintero is still running the Sonora Cartel, where he is being held on charges of racketeering, drug smuggling and money laundering. Caro Quintero was arrested in December 2001 in Los Mochis, Sinaloa. Prior to his arrest he has repeatedly stated he is innocent of the charges and has accused the DEA of pursuing a vendetta against him for his brother Rafael Caro Quintero's, alleged role in the death of DEA Special Agent Enrique Camarena. Miguel Caro Quintero is noted as having called into a radio station to profess his innocence, stating: "If I had a cartel, I'd have a lot of money and my brother wouldn't be there (in jail)"; he claimed to be an innocent rancher. He further stated he does not believe his brother was involved in the killing of the DEA agent.[4][5][6]

Miguel Caro Quintero was arrested in Mexico in 2001 and charged with smuggling cocaine and marijuana into the U.S. for over 10 years.[2] He was extradited to the U.S. on February 25, 2009.[1] After his indictment Miguel admitted trafficking more than 100 tons of marijuana, and sending more than $100 million to Mexico.[7] Miguel Caro Quintero pleaded guilty and he was sentenced on February 4, 2010 in Denver to 17 years in prison for conspiracy to distribute marijuana in Arizona and racketeering.[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Liddick, Donald R. (2004). The Global Underworld: Transnational Crime and the United States. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 33. ISBN 0-275-98074-X.
  2. ^ a b Miguel Caro Quintero
  3. ^ "Miguel Angel Caro Quintero, Former Sonoran Cartel Boss, Convicted In Denver". Huffington Post. February 4, 2010.
  4. ^ a b Jesse Helms, ed. (1999). Mexican and American Responses to the International Narcotics Threat. U.S. Senate, Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Peace Corps, Narcotics and Terrorism of the Committee on Foreign Relations. pp. 61, 136, 137. ISBN 0-7881-8008-8.
  5. ^ a b Weiner, Tim (December 22, 2001). "Suspect in Vast Drug Ring Held in Mexico; May Be Sent to U.S.". New York Times.
  6. ^ Extraditan a EU a hermano de Rafael Caro Quintero
  7. ^ "Mexican cartel leader pleads guilty". CNN. October 24, 2009.
  8. ^ "Mexican drug kingpin convicted of drugs and racketeering in Colorado and Arizona gets 17 years". Associated Press. Los Angeles Times. February 4, 20120. Archived from the original on February 11, 2010. Retrieved 2010-02-05. |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help); Check date values in: |date= (help)