KIKI Camarena is one of the main characters in the latest series of Narcos.
Here’s the lowdown on the DEA agent who plays a key part in the Netflix cocaine drama.
Who was Kiki Camarena?
AP:Associated Press Enrique S. Kiki Camarena Salazar was a Mexican-American DEA agent
Enrique S. “Kiki” Camarena Salazar was a Mexican-American undercover agent for the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).
From 1973 to 1975, Camarena served in the United States Marine Corps and following his military service he became a cop in his hometown Calexico, California.
Camarena was also a Special Agent on the original Imperial County Narcotic Task Force (ICNTF) while working in Calexico, California.
After his stint as a local cop he joined the DEA, at their Calexico, California office.
In 1977, Camarena moved to the agency’s Fresno office, and in 1981, he was assigned to their Guadalajara office in Mexico.How did he die?
Camarena was abducted on February 7, 1985, and then tortured and murdered, while on assignment in Mexico.
In 1984, acting on information from Camarena, 450 Mexican soldiers backed by helicopters destroyed a 1,000-hectare (2,500-acre) marijuana plantation with an estimated annual production of $8 billion known as “Rancho Búfalo”.
Netflix Michael Pena will play Camarena in Netflix season 4
Camarena, who had been identified as the source of the leak, was abducted in broad daylight on February 7, 1985, by corrupt police officers working for drug lord Miguel Ángel Félix Gallardo.
Camarena was tortured at Gallardo’s ranch over a 30-hour period, then murdered.
His skull, jaw, nose, cheekbones and windpipe were crushed, his ribs were broken, and a hole was drilled into his head with a power drill.
He had been injected with amphetamines and other drugs, most likely to ensure that he remained conscious while being tortured.
Camarena’s body was found in a rural area outside the small town of La Angostura, in the state of Michoacán, on March 5, 1985.Who is playing him in Narcos Season 4?
Michael Pena will take on the role of Camarena when the cocaine drama returns to our screens this month.
The End of Watch star will perform opposite Rogue One: A Star Wars Story actor Diego Luna joins the franchise as Miguel Ángel Félix Gallardo, the leader of the Guadalajara cartel.
Season four of Narcos will serve as the show’s reboot as it moves the drug war from Colombia to Mexico.
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The Colombian Cali Cartel was the subject of season three but now the series will chart the rise of the Guadalajara Cartel in the 1980s.
DEA agent Camarena quickly finds himself out of his depth as he moves his family from California to Guadalajara to take on a new post.
The first season attracted attention from around the world for its dramatic retelling of Pablo Escobar’s rise and fall as the world’s biggest drug exporter.
Future seasons hint to seeing the rise of Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán as the leader of the drug cartel.
El Chapo was found guilty of all 10 counts against him on February 12, 2019.
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