Enrique Camarena's death is blamed on CIA

War of American agencies in Mexico.

Enrique Camarena's death is blamed on CIAThe DEA is looking for Rafael Caro Quintero. SanDiegoRed Services
The DEA is looking for Rafael Caro Quintero. SanDiegoRed Services

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This weekend, new information was revealed in regards to the murder of Enrique Camarena, who was an undercover DEA agent in Mexico. These new details indicate that the CIA was responsible for his death and not the drug dealer Caro Quintero, as it was thought earlier.

It has been over 28 years since the tragedy happened, and after Caro Quintero was released, The United States had done everything it could to extradite him in order to have him tried for the crime. A few weeks back, when Quintero was released from the penitentiary where he had served his sentence, the DEA informed that they would continue to fight in order to punish those responsible for Camarena's death. What will they do now that it is against the CIA?

These new details arose after 3 former agents revealed their testimony to Fox News and were complemented by interviews of Jesus Esquivel, correspondent to the weekly magazine Proceso in the city of Washington.

*Click here for the investigation made by Proceso

It is presumed that the motive behind the murder was that Enrique Camarena, had uncovered that the United States was allowing the shipments of Caro Quintero's drugs to cross over, and that with the sale of these narcotics, they funded the counterrevolution in Nicaragua. The version that was previously being handled was that Camarena had discovered a property of Caro Quintero where he planted and processed marijuana.

The new testimonies indicate that in a 30 hour period, Enrique “Kiki” Camarena, suffered a skull fracture, had his nose, jaw and cheekbones broken; his head was drilled into and he was tortured with an electrical cattle prod. It is presumed that the torture of the agent was captured on video.

Phil Jordan, Former director of the El Paso Intelligence Center (EPIC); Hector Berrellez, Former DEA agent and Tosh Plumlee, former pilot for the CIA, all concurred that the CIA was responsible for both the torture and the death of agent Camarena, and his pilot, a Mexican named Zavala Avelar.

This morning, experts like Denise Dresser, Sergio Aguayo and Lorenzo Meyer participated in a discussion organized by the journalist Carmen Aristegui. As a part of the conclusions, they mentioned that the case pointed to the relationship between the CIA and Mexican Drug dealers and the violation of Mexican sovereignty by allowing foreign agencies to join in the fight against drug dealing, creating large waves of violence, deaths and missing people, a strategy that has yielded few poor results.

Denise Dresser declared that “The Mexican government has the obligation to respond to all of this, because I believe the current narrative is that Mexico is a place where anyone can infiltrate, where institutions do not function like they should, and foreign agencies from the United States and their CIA operate here with impunity and undercover”.

Brenda.Colon@sandiegored.com

Daniel.Aguilar@sandiegored.com

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