The following convicted felons are on the FBI’s Most Wanted List for murder. In an attempt to assist federal investigators, Crime Pulse is posting details that will encourage readers to provide useful information to aid in the apprehension of these wanted men.
Rafael Caro Quintero
Description: Gray hair (previously black), brown eyes, 6’0″ with a thin build and weighing between 160 and 170 lbs. He was born in Badiraguato, Sinaloa, Mexico, and has used the following dates of birth: October 24, 1952, October 3, 1952, November 24, 1952, October 24, 1955, November 24, 1955, March 9, 1963.
He is a white Hispanic male who only speaks Spanish. “Rafa” is one of his more widely known aliases.
Interesting Facts: Caro-Quintero actively retains leadership of the activities of the Sinaloa Cartel and the Caro-Quintero Drug Trafficking Organization in Mexico.
Although he was arrested and thrown in prison, he was released by a Mexican judge based on a technicality that he should have been tried in a state court rather than a federal one. He continued his drug-trafficking while in prison and continues in it to this day.
Connections: Caro-Quintero frequents the areas of Badiraguato, Sinaloa, Mexico where he was born. He also has ties in the following locations: Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, and Costa Rica
Conviction: Rafael Caro-Quintero is wanted by the FBI for the kidnapping and murder of DEA special agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena in 1985. Caro-Quintero blamed the DEA agent for a raid on his cartel that cost him millions of dollars in revenue.
Fellow DEA agent said that Camarena was kidnapped while on his way to have lunch with his wife. Before being murdered, he was “gruesomely tortured.”
Reward: $20 million for information leading directly to the arrest of Rafael Caro Quintero.
Santiago Villalba Mederos
Description: Black hair, brown eyes, 5’10” with a thin build and weighing 140 lbs. He was born in Tacoma, Washington, on June 5, 1991. He is a white Hispanic male and speaks both English and Spanish.
His well-known alias nicknames are “Pucho” and “Stretch.”
Interesting Facts: He has two tattoos: the letter “S” on his left shoulder, and the letter “E” on his right shoulder. He is deeply involved in gang activities and is a member of the Eastside Lokotes Surenos (ELS).
Connections: He has ties to individuals in the state of Washington as well as Guerrero and Morelos in Mexico.
Conviction: In February of 2010 in Tacoma, Washington, Mederos fired several shots into a vehicle which resulted in the death of 20-year-old, Camille Love and serious injuries to her brother, Joshua Love.
He was also involved in a fight in which he shot and killed an innocent 21-year-old male. The Superior Court of Washington for Pierce County charged him on multiple accounts and a warrant was issued for his arrest.
Just over 3 years ago on September 20, 2016, the United States District Court in Tacoma, Washington charged him with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.
Reward: $100,000 for information leading directly to the arrest of Santiago Villalba Mederos.
If you have any information concerning these wanted men, please contact the FBI’s Toll-Free Tipline at 1-800-CALL-FBI.