Rafael Caro Quintero, whose bounty was raised to US$20 million in April. Photo: Handout

US government has paid US$108 million to ‘snitches’ since 1985 in lucrative bounty scheme to bring down drug kingpins

  • Critics of the government’s rewards programmes warn that huge cash bounties increase cartel violence and encourage corruption
  • Government defends programme saying 70 ‘major violators’ have been caught, but critics say there’s ‘no accountability’
Topic |   Drugs

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Rafael Caro Quintero, whose bounty was raised to US$20 million in April. Photo: Handout
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