'The Last Narc': Meet the real-life DEA undercover agent Kiki Camarena who risked everything to discover truth
Two years ago when Netflix's 'Narcos: Mexico' documented the bone-chilling details behind the notorious murder and kidnapping of DEA Agent Enrique S 'Kiki' Camarena Salazar via Michael Peña, it sent shivers down audiences' spine. Although the series helmed by Eric Newman took certain liberties with the real story, it was a dramatization to a certain extent. Now Amazon Prime is gearing up to reveal the never-before-addressed details about the gruesome abduction, torture and murder of the Mexican-American undercover agent for the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).
Through never before seen interviews, Amazon Prime Video's 'The Last Narc' documents the terrifying, blood-curling story of Camarena, the drug cartel he infiltrated and the narc who risked everything to discover the truth. Prime's four-part docuseries, directed by Tiller Russell, delves deeper into the operation helmed by Kiki and the most notorious murder in the history of the DEA. Featuring interviews with government and cartel insiders, the series sets the stage for a scandalous political conspiracy. These never-seen-before interviews include those with Hector Berrellez, Geneva Camarena, Jorge Godoy, Phil Jordan, Ramón Lira, René Lopez, Manny Madrano, Conseulo 'Chatita' Berrellez, Jaime Kuykendall, Mike Holm and Jim White.
As the docuseries digs deeper into what really went behind Kiki's torture and murder, it will leave you feeling sore - confronted with the violent nature of the war on drugs.
Who was DEA's most-honored undercover agent?
Thirty-five years since his brutal killing, Kiki continues to be one of the most celebrated and honored agents to have worked for the United States Drug Enforcement Administration. On the day of his abduction, he was supposed to meet his wife, Kiki Camarena, for lunch. He was, however, kidnapped by corrupt gunmen working for drug kingpins Miguel Ángel Félix Gallardo, Ernesto 'Don Neto' Fonseca and Rafael Caro Quintero. What followed next was 30 long hours of pain and torture at the hands of the drug lords - his skull was punctured by a metal object and his ribs were broken - after which he was killed. His body was found a month later, wrapped in plastic and dumped outside the small town of La Angostura, in the state of Michoacán.
Kiki's death prompted the DEA to take swift action eventually embarking a gruesome war on drugs launching Operation Leyenda (Operation Legend) which went on to become the largest DEA homicide investigation undertaken. Authorities in America had several hurdles to face when it came to bringing Kiki to justice, especially considering the drug lords getting political protection and protection under the extradition policy of the country.
So how did authorities manage to find the truth?
Watch this spine-chilling tale unfurl and leave you squirming in your seats. Tune into Amazon Prime Video on Thursday, July 30, 2020. All four episodes will drop at once so you can binge through the unconventional truth.