The Last Narc — Did the CIA Murder DEA Agent “Kiki” Camarena?

“There was substantial evidence of drug smuggling through war zones on the part of individual Contras, Contra suppliers, Contra pilots, mercenaries who worked with the Contras, and Contra supporters throughout the region … US officials in Central America failed to address this drug issue for fear of jeopardizing the war efforts against Nicaragua … and senior US policymakers were not immune to the idea that drug money was a perfect solution to the Contras’ funding problems.”

US Senator John Kerry (1989)

“I feel like we were all betrayed. I wasted my time and exposed myself to all that danger.”

DEA special agent Hector Berrellez

Enrique S. “Kiki” Camarena Salazar (July 26, 1947 – February 9, 1985)

August 2 2020 — Premiering July 31st on Amazon Prime Video, The Last Narc follows former cartel insiders divulging the bone-chilling details behind the notorious murder and kidnapping of DEA Agent “Kiki” Camarena.

Through never before seen interviews, this four-part docu-series will unravel the story of Camarena, the drug cartel he infiltrated, and the narc who risked everything to discover the truth. Follow us on Twitter: @Intel_Today

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Enrique S. “Kiki” Camarena Salazar (July 26, 1947 – February 9, 1985) was an American undercover agent for the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) who was abducted on February 7, 1985 and then tortured and murdered while he was on assignment in Mexico.

According to DEA special agent Hector Berrellez, cartel leaders and American operatives wanted to find out what Kiki knew about collusion between the cartel and the CIA and what he might spill upon his upcoming reassignment to the United States.

Informants told Berrellez that Kiki was stripped to his jockey shorts, blindfolded and subjected to torture-filled interrogations that were captured on audiotape.

“Drug lords don’t blindfold; you know who they are, and you will not survive. Nor do they memorialize their interrogations. That is CIA methodology.”

Berrellez claims his efforts were shut down by his DEA bosses after he pieced together details about the CIA’s cocaine and gun operation. Over the course of the investigation,
23 sources were murdered.

Berrellez concluded that the CIA functioned hand-in-glove with the cartel, allegedly using drug money to finance covert military operations, much like the Iran-Contra affair of the same era.

Berrellez was taken off the case, assigned to a desk job in DC and told not to reach out to any of his sources. So far, the investigation has led to no indictments. The case remains open.

In a recent interview, Berrellez said that the delay of this series — originally slated to debut in May — was because the CIA asked Amazon to make some changes. Director Tiller Russell rejected this allegation when directly asked by Jeff Sneider (Collider).

SNEIDER: Can you speak to that claim or the delay in general?

RUSSELL: We were finalizing the last episode of the series, and as you work on something like this for years at a time, and last-minute things end up coming to light, or people end up coming to light, you have to be willing to pivot at any point to include whatever the latest, most salient, most relevant information is, and I always stay open to a story wherever it goes. And so what we had to do was stick the landing of it, and that’s what the delay was caused by.

SNEIDER: So the CIA didn’t have any input?

RUSSELL: The CIA has nothing to do with Amazon and the delay, that was on us.

The Last Narc – Official Trailer

REFERENCES

‘The Last Narc’ Director on Taking Risks and Being Scared — and Not Just of the Cartel — Collider

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The Last Narc — Did the CIA Murder DEA Agent “Kiki” Camarena?

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