Did CIA torture and kill DEA agent? Kiki Camarena’s murder which inspired Netflix’s Narcos ‘was partially conducted by US spy agency because government feared he’d found out it was in bed with Mexican drug cartels’

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Enrique ‘Kiki’ Camarena, 37, was working for the US government in Mexico when he was abducted, tortured and killed by cartel members in February 1985. The lead investigator in his death believes a CIA agent was involved in his murder

A new Amazon docuseries claims that a CIA agent was involved in the torture and death of DEA operative Enrique ‘Kiki’ Camarena, 37.

Camarena, 37, was working for the US government in Guadalajara, Mexico when he was abducted, tortured and killed by cartel members in February 1985.

His disappearance made international headlines in February 1985, and sparked fury from the Reagan Administration, who effectively shut down the southern border in a bid to pressure Mexico to catch the culprits.

But while several Mexican drug lords were eventually convicted over Camarena’s brutal slaying, the new docuseries – titled The Last Narc – contends that at least one US government official was also involved.

The Last Narc features testimony from Hector Berrellez – the American man who led the investigation into Camarena’s killing.

He sensationally claims that famous CIA agent Felix Rodriquez ‘partially conducted Camarena’s interrogation and torture because the US government feared that he was about to stumble on a much larger conspiracy’.

According to The Daily Beast, The Last Narc asserts that ‘the CIA was in bed with the cartels, moving guns, drugs and cash through them in order to covertly fund Nicaragua’s anti-communist Contras.’

Several other people also involved in the investigation into Camarena’s death also back up Berrellez’s claims in The Last Narc.

However, it’s not the first time Berrellez has claimed the US government was involved in the crime.

Back in 2015, he told LA Weekly that one witness who was present during Camarena’s torture told him: ‘The whole case stinks, and if you don’t step away you’ll stink, too. Your own government killed him.’

At the time, a CIA spokesman responded to the claims, saying: ‘It’s ridiculous to suggest that the CIA had anything to do with the murder of a U.S. federal agent.’

Rodriguez himself has also repeatedly denied having any involvement in Camarena’s death, according to Matter.

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