Feds want to seize eight properties from leader in El Chapo’s cartel

Federal prosecutors want to seize eight properties from a notorious Mexican drug lord who ran a faction of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman’s Sinaloa Cartel — and who is currently on the lam from US authorities for allegedly killing a DEA agent.

The feds on Wednesday unsealed a complaint seeking to take the properties in an around Guadalajara that they say that legendary trafficker Rafael Caro Quintero purchased with proceeds from the drug trade.

He allegedly put them under the names of his relatives to protect them from seizure by Mexican law enforcement, according to court papers.

Quintero is charged in the US with his alleged involvement in the 1985 abduction, torture and death of Drug Enforcement Administration agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena — which was depicted in the Netflix series “Narcos: Mexico.”

Quintero and other leaders of the Guadalajara Cartel allegedly had the agent and a pilot killed as retribution against the DEA, because it led an investigation that resulted in Mexican authorities torching 10,000 tons of marijuana, the Los Angeles Times reported.

He co-founded the once-powerful cartel in the 1970s, and the organization allegedly moved tons of marijuana, methamphetamine and cocaine into the US. The outfit later became part of the Sinaloa Cartel.

Quintero has been a fugitive since 2013, when a Mexican judge sprung him from jail on a technicality and he went on the run. He is on the FBI’s “Top 10 Most Wanted” list — with a $20 million reward for his capture.

“We are proud to show the world, with the unsealing of this civil complaint, t hat DEA’s commitment to uncover Caro Quintero’s infrastructure and criminal associates is unwavering,” DEA Special Agent-in-Charge Ray Donovan said in a release.

“DEA will never forget. We will not relent.”

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