The U.S. Department of State announced today a new reward offering under the Narcotics Reward Program. The Department is offering a reward of up to $5 million for information leading to the arrest and/or conviction of Rafael Caro-Quintero, who kidnapped, tortured and murdered U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena in 1985. Caro-Quintero is indicted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California on numerous U.S. federal felony charges and is considered a fugitive from justice.
The Narcotics Rewards Program was established by Congress in 1986 as a tool to assist the U.S. government in identifying and bringing to justice major violators of U.S. narcotics laws responsible for bringing hundreds of tons of illicit drugs into the United States each year. The program gives the Secretary of State statutory authority to offer rewards of up to $5 million for information leading to the arrest and/or conviction of named narcotics traffickers.
The Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) manages the program in close coordination with the Department of Justice and its Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the Department of Homeland Security and its Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and other U.S. agencies.