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Whereabouts of freed Mexican drug lord Rafael Caro Quintero unknown

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The undated file photo distributed by the Mexican government shows Rafael Caro Quintero, considered the grandfather of Mexican drug trafficking. A Mexican court has ordered the release of Caro Quintero after 28 years in prison for the 1985 kidnapping and killing of U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent Enrique Camarena, a brutal murder that marked a low-point in U.S.-Mexico relations. Uncredited/AP

We have an update now on a story we brought you a few weeks back about a notorious Mexican drug lord who was convicted of torturing and killing a DEA agent back in the 80s.

Earlier this month, Rafael Caro Quintero was released early from prison on a legal technicality. It was seen as a slap in the face to the U.S., and officials here vowed to pursue charges against him stateside. But Caro Quintero has disappeared.

Mexican authorities lost track of his whereabouts after his August 9th release. Tracy Wilkinson is the Mexico City bureau chief for the Los Angeles Times and has been following the story. She joins the show to fill us in on the details. 

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