Nephew of Mexican drug lord arrested murdering’ man during Xbox robber


Nephew of Mexican drug lord, who is featured on Narcos: Mexico and is wanted by the DEA, is arrested for ‘murdering’ man during Xbox robbery

  • Juan Pablo Quintero was apprehended in Atizapán, Mexico, on Thursday 
  • Quintero was wanted for the November 25, 2020 killing of a 32-year-old man whom he reportedly for the sale of an Xbox console 
  • The victim refused to turn over the Xbox during the robbery attempt and was shot by Martínez, surveillance video shows 
  • Quintero is the nephew of fugitive drug lord Rafael Caro Quintero, whose life is portrayed in the Netflix series Narcos: Mexico 
  • Quintero is wanted by the United States for the 1985 abduction and assassination of DEA Special Agent Enrique ‘Kiki’ Camarena

Mexican authorities have arrested the nephew of a fugitive drug lord just three months after he was captured on video assassinating a man he’d arranged to purchase and Xbox from. 

Juan Pablo Quintero was arrested by agents from the Mexico City Attorney General’s Office and Mexico’s Attorney General’s Office during an operation Thursday in the State of Mexico municipality of Atizapán.

Quintero had been sought by law enforcement after he shot dead the 32-year-old victim. 

The victim and Quintero had chatted on social media and agreed to meet in the Mexico City borough of Azcapotzalco to sell him an Xbox console on November 25, according to Infobae.

Juan Pablo Quintero was apprehended in Atizapán, Mexico, on Thursday in connection with the November 25, 2020 murder of a 32-year-old man who resisted a robbery attempt while meeting with him to sell him an Xbox. Surveillance video shows the moment Quintero shot the victim multiple times and escaped from the scene. He is the nephew of fugitive drug lord Rafael Caro Quintero, who is wanted by the United States for the 1985 murder of Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent Enrique “Kiki’ Camarena

Juan Pablo Quintero (far right) stands next to a vehicle he was traveling in before he executed a 32-year-old man whom he had met to buy an Xbox from on November 25, 2020 in Mexico City

Juan Pablo Quintero (far right) stands next to a vehicle he was traveling in before he executed a 32-year-old man whom he had met to buy an Xbox from on November 25, 2020 in Mexico City

The victim was accompanied by a man and a woman and can be seen in the surveillance video being dragged out of a vehicle after he purportedly resisted from being robbed.

Subsequently, Quintero approached him from behind and shot him at least four times.

Quintero and his accomplice then boarded their car and fled from the cold blooded execution.

His court date has not been set yet. 

Quintero’s uncle, Rafael Caro Quintero, 68, is wanted by Mexican and U.S. authorities for his role in the 1985 kidnapping, torture and murder of Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent Enrique ‘Kiki’ Camarena.

Surveillance video recorded the moment a 32-year-old man was murdered in Mexico on November 25, 2020 moments after he had met Juan Pablo Quintero, the nephew of fugitive drug lord Rafael Cara Quintero

Surveillance video recorded the moment a 32-year-old man was murdered in Mexico on November 25, 2020 moments after he had met Juan Pablo Quintero, the nephew of fugitive drug lord Rafael Cara Quintero

Juan Pablo Quintero (center) was arrested Thursday in Mexico in connection to the November 2020 murder of a 32-year-old man he and his accomplice allegedly attempted to rob while meeting him to purchase an Xbox

Juan Pablo Quintero (center) was arrested Thursday in Mexico in connection to the November 2020 murder of a 32-year-old man he and his accomplice allegedly attempted to rob while meeting him to purchase an Xbox

The high profile killing, which is highlighted in the smash Netflix series, Narcos: Mexico, was sparked by the fugitive kingpin’s Guadalajara Cartel, which blamed Camarena for a Mexican military raid on 2,500-acre marijuana farm in 1984.

Caro Quintero and the two other cartel leaders, Miguel Ángel Félix Gallardo and Ernesto Fonseca, kidnapped the 37-year-old Camarena in broad daylight on February 7, 1985. 

He was tortured him at a residence that belonged to Quintero and his body was found on March 5, 1985, wrapped in plastic and dumped at an abandoned property in La Angostura, a city in the state of Michoacán.   

Rafael Caro Quintero

DEA Special Agent Enrique Camarena was found dead in Michoacán, Mexico, in March 1985 a month after the Guadalajara Cartel kidnapped and tortured him to death

Rafael Caro Quintero’s defunct Guadalajara Cartel blamed DEA Special Agent Enrique ‘Kiki’ Camarena for a Mexican military raid on 2,500-acre marijuana farm and kidnapped him in February 1985 in Guadalajara

Quintero eventually fled to Costa Rica with his girlfriend and was arrested the following month and was sentenced to 40 years in jail for Camarena’s murder.

On August 9, 2013, a Jalisco court ordered the release of Quintero, after he had served 28 years in prison, because he had been improperly tried for the killing of the DEA special agent. But on August 14, a federal court acted on pressure from the United States and issued a warrant for Quintero’s arrest.

Following his release, Quintero became involved in the drug trade with the Sinaloa Cartel, which was co-founded by his protege, Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán. However, the relation was fractured due to a conflict with El Chapo’s sons, which over the last year has escalated into an all-out war. 

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