Travel Alert Issued After Arrest of Rafael Caro Quintero – Los Angeles

The United States Embassy Mexico has sent a warning to Mexican citizens about possible clashes between Sinaloa authorities and criminal groups. This is in response to Rafael Caro Quintero being arrested, who is one of the most wanted drug trafficking leader in Mexico.

The U.S. government warned that there could be an increase in security in Sinaloa as well as Sonora.

The embassy stated that while Mexican authorities are in the two states, citizens must remain vigilant and low-profile, as well monitor local media.

Previously, the U.S. government had placed Sonora in a level 3 travel recommendation, under the message of “reconsider the trip due to crime and kidnappings”; meanwhile Sinaloa was classified at level 4.

Mexican authorities detained Rafael Caro Quintero in San Simón, Sinaloa, on July 15. 

He is believed to be involved in the 1985 murder of Enrique Camarena a DEA agent.

Quintero was captured by a military helicopter that crashed in the vicinity of Los Mochis. The accident killed 14 people. The cause of the accident is not known.

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