Listen: Pablo Costa, FBI, Santa Elena discussed on Kingpins
"And they kept their spirits up with street parties so loud, they could be heard across the river problem mostly spent his time inside smoking crack the noise didn't bother him. He wasn't trying to hide anymore. Not really, but he was in no mood to join in. He was becoming seriously ill probably from the constant drug use. But leaving the village to go see a doctor wasn't an option when Mimi Webb Miller came down to visit him he told her he didn't think he was going to live another two weeks either he'd die from whatever illness he'd been stricken with or he'd be killed by the police. It was only a few weeks before US agents across the river figured out who was causing the ruckus in Santa. Elena, but they didn't share the news as far as they knew the Mexican police were still in Pablo's pocket. Meanwhile, commander called aronie was piecing together Pablo's location by tapping the phones of all of his known, friends and associates he'd brought into people for questioning and coerce them into revealing where Pablo was down to exactly which house in the village was his that called aronie quickly. Understood why Pablo had chosen Santa Elena. There was only one way to get into the village without being seen. They'd have to fly in from the US side of the river where Pablo's network of informants didn't reach but for that he'd need American cooperation called aronie made a call to Matt Peres the lead FBI agent in El Paso, Texas after ten years of stymying every American effort to capture Pablo Costa, the Mexican federal police were ready to turn the table agent Peres agreed in a heartbeat. The FBI would help call to Rome. In whatever way necessary. This was officially an international investigation. Up next. We'll return to the manhunt for international fugitive Pablo Costa now back to the story. In January of nineteen Eighty-one. The Mexican federal police appointed Pablo Costa Via Rail to oversee the narcotics trade and only Naga Mexico with their protection. He was untouchable by prosecutors rivals or the American FBI six years later, the Mexican federal police commander, led a nationwide manhunt to capture Pablo Costa possibly working on a million dollar kill contract paid to him by Pablo's right hand man for help with this task he recruited the FBI on the morning of April twenty fourth nineteen eighty-seven eighteen FBI agents led by agent Matt Peres met an army base in El Paso, Texas. Just before dawn, none of them knew what they were there for they had only been told to report for duty at six AM, fifteen miles south seventeen. Mexican federal agents were gathered. Around two helicopters at the Juarez international airport receiving their final instructions from commander called aronie. They would follow an F B I helicopter across the border into the mountains of big bend national park. When the moment came the two Mexican helicopters would fly across the river into Santa Elena. Take control of the villages three hundred residents and capture Pablo Costa, the FBI agents would block the river from the US side in case the fugitive tried to flee standing next to call the Roney was the unknown a Costa associate who'd been forced to give up the drug lords location. He'd be writing next to called aronie in handcuffs to point out which house Pablo was hiding in called Arroni's. Final instructions were I want Pablo Costa taken alive, but not your safety is jeopardized. That evening and Santa Elena. Another VS was raging outside Pablo's adobe house. It was the birthday of Pablo's nephew and bodyguard. Fidel and a few dozen men had gathered to crack beers and rosta calf over the firepit. Pablo was not among them. He was strolling back from the river with his dog a mutt. He'd recently struck up a kinship with as he passed some of the party is called for Pablo to join them. But he just waved and continued toward his house at that moment to red and blue federal police jobbers soared over the river and circle low over the village, the men in the street scattered as one of the."