|Known for Drug lord.|
Name Miguel Quintero
|Relatives Rafael Caro Quintero|
Siblings Rafael Caro Quintero
|Full Name Miguel Angel Caro Quintero|
Born 1963La Noria, Badiraguato, Sinaloa, Mexico
Occupation Illegal drug trafficker
Employer Leader of Sonora Cartel
Partner Miguel Angel Felix Gallardo, Rafael Caro Quintero
Similar People Rafael Caro Quintero, Miguel Angel Felix Gallardo, Kiki Camarena, Hector Luis Palma Salazar, Ernesto Fonseca Carrillo
Miguel Angel 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.
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.
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.
Miguel Caro Quintero was arrested in Mexico in 2001 and charged with smuggling cocaine and marijuana into the U.S. for over 10 years. He was extradited to the U.S. on February 25, 2009. After his indictment Miguel Angel admitted trafficking more than 100 tons of marijuana, and sending more than $100 million to Mexico. Miguel Angel 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.