Fugitive Added to FBI’s “Ten Most Wanted List” is Subject of an INTERPOL Red Notice
Today, a fugitive wanted for the kidnapping and murder of a federal agent was added to the FBI’s “Ten Most Wanted Fugitives” List. Fugitive Rafael Caro-Quintero is also the subject of a U.S.-issued INTERPOL Red Notice processed by INTERPOL Washington—the U.S. National Central Bureau. The announcement was made during a news conference held by Federal Bureau of Investigation Deputy Director David L. Bowdich, Drug Enforcement Administration Acting Administrator Robert W. Patterson, U.S. Department of State Deputy Assistant Secretary James Walsh, and U.S. Marshals Service Acting Associate Director Derrick Driscoll. The Drug Enforcement Administration news release is available here.
The Department of State’s Narcotics Rewards Program is offering a reward of up to $20 million for information leading to the arrest and/or conviction of Rafael Caro-Quintero. Anyone with information concerning Caro-Quintero should take no action themselves, but should immediately contact the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate. Caro-Quintero is considered armed and extremely dangerous.
One of the primary missions of INTERPOL and INTERPOL Washington is to seek the location, and ultimately the arrest, of fugitives wanted in the United States and in other countries. INTERPOL Washington assists federal, state, local, and tribal authorities in the United States seeking the location of fugitives who have fled the United States, and assists foreign police in locating their fugitives believed to be in the United States. INTERPOL Washington is also responsible for seeking the publication of all INTERPOL Notices, including Red or wanted fugitives Notices, on behalf of U.S. authorities, and alerting U.S. authorities to the existence of INTERPOL Notices published on behalf of other countries.
A component of the U.S. Department of Justice, INTERPOL Washington is co-managed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. As the designated representative to INTERPOL on behalf of the Attorney General, INTERPOL Washington serves as the national point of contact for all INTERPOL matters, coordinating international investigative efforts among member countries and the more than 18,000 local, state, federal, and tribal law enforcement agencies in the United States.