The nephew of Mexican drug lord Rafael Caro Quintero has reportedly been shot dead by a rival gang in his vehicle after a gunfight at a party.
Santiago Eduardo, 26, was killed on 12th July during a shootout in the colony Chapultepec in the city of Culiacan in the north-western Mexican state of Sinaloa.
According to local newspaper Infobae, Santiago Eduardo was shot multiple times in a jeep on Enrique Sanchez Alonso Street after fleeing from a party where gunmen showed up.
He was taken to a nearby clinic where he was pronounced dead.
Santiago Eduardo was attending a party at a property called La Joya where a gunfight took place.
He managed to get in a jeep and fled the scene, but chasing gang members caught up with his vehicle and opened fire, according to Infobae.
Over 500 casings of different calibres were found at the scene.
By the time the local authorities reached the jeep, the victim was missing and the vehicle was reportedly found with bullet holes in the windows and bodywork while blood marks splattered the interior.
The police were then advised that a shot man had been taken to the nearby Cemsi Clinic where they identified him as Santiago Eduardo.
Rafael Caro Quintero, 67, also known as ‘Narco de Narcos’, is a former Mexican drug trafficker who co-founded the now-disintegrated Guadalajara Cartel with Miguel Angel Felix Gallardo and other drug traffickers in the 1970s.
He is the brother of drug trafficker Miguel Caro Quintero, the founder and former leader of the defunct Sonora Cartel.
He was responsible for the kidnapping and murder of US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agent Enrique Camarena, his pilot Alfredo Zavala Avelar, the American writer John Clay Walker, and dentistry student Alberto Radelat in 1985.
After the murders, Caro Quintero fled to Costa Rica but was later arrested and extradited back to Mexico, where he was sentenced to 40 years in prison for murder.
Following his arrest, the Guadalajara Cartel disintegrated, and its leaders were incorporated into the Tijuana Cartel, Sinaloa Cartel, and Juarez Cartel.
Caro Quintero was freed from jail in August 2013 after a state court concluded that he had been tried improperly.
However, amid pressure from the US authorities to re-arrest him, a Mexican federal court issued an arrest warrant later that month.
He remains at large as a wanted fugitive in Mexico, the United States, and several other countries. The United States is offering a 20 million USD bounty for his arrest, the highest value of all fugitives currently listed in the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted Fugitives list.
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