Busting The Brass

The U.S. indicts top Mexicans in the Camarena case

When the battered body of U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent Enrique Camarena turned up on a roadside near Guadalajara in March 1985, one month after he had been kidnaped, the Mexican government quickly pinned the blame on Rafael Caro Quintero, a flamboyant 29-year-old kingpin of the Guadalajara drug cartel. But Camarena's comrades in the DEA did not believe that the reckless, illiterate "Rafa" had acted alone. The agents suspected the brains behind the complex crime were members of Mexico's power elite, who had everything to lose from the relentless probing of Camarena and his partners into the muck of the Mexican...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!