14 killed after Mexican Navy helicopter crashes

Fourteen people were killed Friday after a Mexican Navy helicopter crashed in Sinaloa, navy officials said in a statement. Mexico’s Navy said a Black Hawk helicopter crashed in the coastal city of Los Mochis, but said it’s not fully clear what happened.

Fifteen people were transported as a result of the crash, 14 of whom died, the navy said. One person is receiving medical attention. 

The Navy said there is no information suggesting the crash was related to the Friday capture of infamous drug lord Rafael Caro Quintero. A U.S. official tracking the raid told CBS News that the crash was linked to the operation, but said Quintero was not on board. 

No additional information was immediately available about the crash. 

Caro Quintero, who was behind the killing of a U.S. DEA agent in 1985, was captured nearly a decade after walking out of a Mexican prison and returning to drug trafficking, sources confirmed to CBS News and The Associated Press. 

An undated file photo provided by Mexico's government shows drug lord Rafael Caro Quintero in an unknown location.
An undated file photo provided by Mexico’s government shows drug lord Rafael Caro Quintero in an unknown location.

Mexico’s government via AP

Caro Quintero walked free in 2013, after 28 years in prison, when a court overturned his 40-year sentence for the 1985 kidnapping and killing of U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena. The brutal murder marked a low point in U.S.-Mexico relations.

An appeals court overturned Caro Quintero’s verdict, but the Supreme Court upheld the sentence. It was too late by then; Caro Quintero was spirited off in a waiting vehicle.

Caro Quintero, the former leader of the Guadalajara cartel, had since returned to drug trafficking and unleashed bloody turf battles in the northern Mexico border state of Sonora.

He was on the FBI’s most wanted list, with a $20 million reward for his capture through the State Department’s Narcotics Rewards Program. He was added to the FBI’s top 10 most wanted list in 2018.

Andres Triay contributed reporting. 

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