Dog catches infamous drug lord in bushes as horror helicopter crash kills 14

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A notorious drug lord has finally been captured in a military operation which sparked a horror crash, killing 14 people in Mexico.

Rafael Caro Quintero, 69, was caught after cowering in the bushes as search dog Max found him hiding in the shrubland in San Simon in Sinaloa.

But his capture came at a tragic loss after a Blackhawk helicopter crashed near the city of Los Mochis during the operation – leaving only one survivor.

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The navy and the Attorney General's office joined forces to find the drug lord who was responsible for the torture and murder of a US drug enforcement agent Enrique "Kiki" Camarena in 1985.

The Mexican navy confirmed his arrest and said the helicopter suffered an "accident" – with no cause determined at this time.

Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador paid tribute to the crash victims on Twitter.

He added: "The Secretary of the Navy, José Rafael Ojeda Durán, has informed me that an investigation will be ordered to find out the causes of the crash of the helicopter in which they were travelling when they were about to land in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, after fulfilling the mission of supporting those who executed the arrest warrant against Rafael Caro Quintero."

Caro Quintero became known as the co-founder of the Guadalajara cartel. The gang was one of Latin America's most powerful drug trafficking organisations in the 1980s.

After 28 years behind bars, he was released from prison in 2013, due to a technicality by a judge who overturned his 40-year sentence for the kidnap and killing of Camarena.

However, the Supreme Court upheld his sentence but he had already fled in a waiting vehicle, reports Sky News.

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Caro Quintero went underground and is believed to have gone back into drug trafficking. He was named on the FBI's most wanted list with a $20m (£16.9m) reward offered.

It has been reported that the US will seek his immediate extradition.

Attorney General Merrick Garland said in a statement: "There is no hiding place for anyone who kidnaps, tortures, and murders American law enforcement.

"Today's arrest is the culmination of tireless work by DEA and their Mexican partners to bring Caro Quintero to justice for his alleged crimes, including the torture and execution of DEA Special Agent Enrique 'Kiki' Camarena.

"We will be seeking his immediate extradition to the United States so he can be tried for these crimes in the very justice system Special Agent Camarena died defending."

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