(REUTERS).- On Monday, July 18th, AMLO downplayed and minimized the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)’s role in last week’s capture of veteran drug lord Rafael Caro Quintero, exposing tensions over security cooperation despite the major cross-border win.
The head of the DEA had hailed the arrest as the product of joint cooperation, but President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador repeatedly sought to paint a different picture.
“They had no direct intervention,” the president said of the DEA at a regular news conference.
According to Reuters, the DEA had provided important information that helped with the kingpin’s capture.
Caro Quintero’s detention in a remote part of Sinaloa state on Friday, July was arguably the most important arrest of a drug trafficker under the administration of Lopez Obrador, who assumed power in December 2018. read more