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Drug trafficker Rafael Caro Quintero, who had been convicted of being behind the slaying of US Drug Enforcement Administration agent Enrique Camarena in 1985, was released last week by a Mexican judiciary panel that ruled that he should have been tried in state, and not federal, court.
DEA officials were furious, as was the White House.
Here is the DEA exhibit on Camarena and Caro Quintero, as seen three years ago, at the DEA Museum near the Pentagon in Arlington, Va. It includes a diamond-encrusted World War II gun confiscated from Caro Quintero when he was captured in Costa Rica and an article about the case by former San Diego Union reporter Arthur Golden.
Arthur Golden wrote many stories about the case for the San Diego Union, which later became the San Diego Union-Tribune and now is U-T San Diego.