In 1983, DEA Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena worked in a resident office in Guadalajara, Mexico. Together with Mexican pilot Alfredo Zavala, he did aerial surveillance of the Mexican desert looking for marijuana plantations.
At the time, the Guadalajara drug cartel was made up of three kingpins: Miguel Felix, Ernesto Fonseca, and Rafael Caro Quintero.
As a result of Kiki Camarena and Alfredo Zavala’s efforts, the United States and Mexican governments raided Rancho Bufalo, burning 2500 acres for the Guadalajara cartel’s marijuana crops. This was a huge blow to the cartel, and they were out for American blood.
A month after the destruction of Rancho Bufalo, four American Jehovah’s Witnesses, Dennis and Rose Carlson and Patricia and Benjamin Macarenas, were going door-to-door spreading their faith in an upper-middle-class neighborhood of Guadalajara. They inadvertently knocked on the door of druglord Ernesto Fonseca, who became convinced they were undercover DEA agents. He instructed his henchman, El Chapo, to kidnap them.
They were never seen or heard from again. It was only recently that the truth of their brutal deaths was revealed.
A month after the four American Jehovah’s Witnesses disappeared, two American tourists, John Walker and Alberto Radelat, went to have a nice dinner at a seafood restaurant. Unbeknownst to them, the Guadalajara Cartel had reserved the restaurant for a meeting and overheard their American accents. Paranoid John Walker and Alberto Radelat were working with the DEA, El Chapo, Rafael Caro Quintero, and other cartel members tortured and murdered the men.
In February of 1984, DEA Agent Enrique Camarena left the US Consults office around 2:00 pm to meet his wife Mika for lunch at her favorite restaurant. He never showed up. For the next 36 hours, he and Alfredo Zavalar were brutally tortured by the Guadalajara drug cartel. This is their story.
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