Pablo Acosta
Amado Carrillo Fuentes
Marco DeHaro
Mimi Webb Miller
David Regela
Comandante Guillermo Gonzalez Calderoni
Mat Perez
Ojinaga
Santa Elena


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Amado Carrillo Fuentes

Later known as the "Lord of the Skies" for his use of large commercial jets to transport cocaine, Amado Carrillo Fuentes was a long-time socio, or partner, of Pablo Acosta. The enigmatic Amado was believed to be part of the Guadalajara drug cartel, sent to Ojinaga to oversee cocaine shipments that belonged to his bosses and to learn about border operations from Pablo Acosta. Through a protection scheme with Mexican federal and state police agencies and with the Mexican army, Acosta was able to ensure the security for five tons of cocaine being flown by turboprop every month from Colombia to Ojinaga—sometimes landing at the municipal airport, sometimes at dirt airstrips on ranches upriver from Ojinaga.

Amado Carrillos Fuentes Mug Shot
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Amado Carrillo Fuentes Mug Shot

By 1985, Amado Carrillo Fuentes was only beginning to be known by American intelligence as a key player in Ojinaga. He was positioning himself to take over and eventually became the most powerful drug trafficker in Mexico. He accompanied Pablo Acosta, Marco DeHaro and Becky Garcia on many of their smuggling activities, including the rescue of a broken-down marijuana truck near Lomas de Arena. This photo was taken after Carrillo Fuentes was jailed in Mexico for several weeks in 1989. By then, he had undergone plastic surgery at least once to alter his appearance.
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Amado Carrillo Fuentes dead

Carrillo Fuentes took over organized crime in northern Mexico after the death of Pablo Acosta and died in Mexico City in 1997 while undergoing plastic surgery. Nicknamed the "Lord of the Skies" for his private fleet of large commercial jets he used to ship cocaine, he gained a reputation for extreme ruthlessness. Looking on are pathologists at the Federal Judicial Police morgue in Mexico City. (Photo by Andrew Winning/Reuters/Archive photo)