Fact-based story of undercover DEA agent Enrique "Kiki" Camarena who, while stationed in Guadalajara, uncovered a massive marijuana operation in Northern Mexico that led to his death and a ... See full summary »
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1990  
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »
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Cast

Series cast summary:
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 Enrique 'Kiki' Camarena (3 episodes, 1990)
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 Mika Camarena (3 episodes, 1990)
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 Tony Riva (3 episodes, 1990)
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 Caro Quintero (3 episodes, 1990)
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 George Gilliard (3 episodes, 1990)
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 Pavon Reyes (3 episodes, 1990)
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 Florentino Ventura (3 episodes, 1990)
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 Jack Lawn (3 episodes, 1990)
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 Bob Rawlings (3 episodes, 1990)
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 Ramon Varona (3 episodes, 1990)
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 Stephen Matson (3 episodes, 1990)
Alex Sheafe
(3 episodes, 1990)
Andy Romano ...
 Bud Mullen (3 episodes, 1990)
(3 episodes, 1990)
Jorge Cervera Jr. ...
 Suarez (3 episodes, 1990)
Valentin de Vargas ...
 Valdez (3 episodes, 1990)
(3 episodes, 1990)
Kenny Morrison ...
 Enrique Camarena Jr (3 episodes, 1990)
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 Ray Carson (3 episodes, 1990)
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 Harley Steinmetz (3 episodes, 1990)
Walter Alamo ...
 Daniel Camarena (3 episodes, 1990)
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 Don Clements (3 episodes, 1990)
Frank Avila ...
 Lopez-Razon (3 episodes, 1990)
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 INS Cop (3 episodes, 1990)
Ugo Bianchi ...
 Banker (3 episodes, 1990)
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 Reporter (3 episodes, 1990)
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 Federale at Airport (3 episodes, 1990)
Bruce V. Caton ...
 Pilot (3 episodes, 1990)
Dan Carruthers ...
 Pilot (3 episodes, 1990)
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 Thanh Steinmetz (3 episodes, 1990)
Katherine Cortez ...
 Female Reporter #1 (3 episodes, 1990)
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 Torres-Lepe (3 episodes, 1990)
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 Interrogator / ... (3 episodes, 1990)
Roberto Estrada ...
 Musician (3 episodes, 1990)
Gary W. Farrell ...
 Pilot A-2 (3 episodes, 1990)
Fernando Garzón ...
 Seguno Interrogator (3 episodes, 1990)
Ramiro González ...
 Muscle Man #2 (3 episodes, 1990)
Armando Guerrero ...
 Pistolero (3 episodes, 1990)
Ron Henriquez ...
 Major Sabina (3 episodes, 1990)
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 Atty. Gen. Ramirez (3 episodes, 1990)
Freddie Jin ...
 Sparring Partner (3 episodes, 1990)
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 Aide (3 episodes, 1990)
Tito Larriva ...
 Himself / ... (3 episodes, 1990)
Laura Leavitt ...
 Pam Matson (3 episodes, 1990)
Robert Lesser ...
 Varona's Lawyer (3 episodes, 1990)
Frank Lugo ...
 Desk Sgt (3 episodes, 1990)
Julio Medina ...
 Benjamin Piza (3 episodes, 1990)
Art Moroff ...
 Well Muscled Man #2 (3 episodes, 1990)
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 El Samy Ramirez (3 episodes, 1990)
Isidro Olace ...
 Vendor (3 episodes, 1990)
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 Abel Reynoso (3 episodes, 1990)
Rudy Prieto ...
 Jalisco Policeman #1 (3 episodes, 1990)
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 Commando #3 (3 episodes, 1990)
Geoffrey Rivas ...
 Pablo Seguno (3 episodes, 1990)
Gilbert Rosales ...
 Commando #2 (3 episodes, 1990)
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 Commando (3 episodes, 1990)
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 Commando #4 (3 episodes, 1990)
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 Helicopter Pilot / ... (3 episodes, 1990)
Kenneth A. Simpson ...
 Pilot #3 (3 episodes, 1990)
Robert Symonds ...
 Judge (3 episodes, 1990)
Rob Sullivan ...
 Jury Foreman (3 episodes, 1990)
Adrian Tafoya ...
 Young Man (3 episodes, 1990)
John Tayloe ...
 U.S. Attorney (3 episodes, 1990)
Mark Thomson ...
 Pilot (3 episodes, 1990)
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 Gabriel (3 episodes, 1990)
Dirk Vahle ...
 Pilot A-3 #2 (3 episodes, 1990)
Robert Wethern ...
 Mexican Informant (3 episodes, 1990)
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 FBI Forensics Man (3 episodes, 1990)
Jim Zubiena ...
 Craig (3 episodes, 1990)
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 Portago Diaz (3 episodes, 1990)
Tony Fields ...
 Caesar (3 episodes, 1990)
(3 episodes, 1990)
(3 episodes, 1990)
Rob E. Angelino ...
 Mexican Informant (3 episodes, 1990)
(3 episodes, 1990)
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 CIA (3 episodes, 1990)
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 Jalisco Policeman #2 (3 episodes, 1990)
(3 episodes, 1990)
Gil Serna ...
 Reporter #3 (3 episodes, 1990)
Christine Claravall ...
 Marianna Morello (1 episode, 1990)
Ruben Amavizca ...
 Mexican Army Officer (1 episode, 1990)
Ronald Fox
(1 episode, 1990)
(1 episode, 1990)
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 FBI Agent (1 episode, 1990)
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 Himself (archive footage) (3 episodes, 1990)
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Storyline

Fact-based story of undercover DEA agent Enrique "Kiki" Camarena who, while stationed in Guadalajara, uncovered a massive marijuana operation in Northern Mexico that led to his death and a remarkable investigation of corruption within the Mexican government. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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His Death Ignited A War America Can't Win.

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Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence and drug content | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

7 January 1990 (USA)  »

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A Guerra das Drogas  »

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Trivia

Film debut of Ethan Embry (as Ethan Randall). See more »

Connections

Followed by Drug Wars: The Cocaine Cartel (1992) See more »

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Enjoyable
1 June 2001 | by See all my reviews

I haven't seen this movie since if first came out. What made me think of it was seeing "Traffic" in which both Stephen Bauer and Benicio Del Torro also act. This mini series really stayed with me, the complexity of the problem and the human cost being very nicely, especially so for a TV produced drama. They are usually very poorly done--not this one. It's hard hitting enough to stay with you, it has for me for a decade. I would think there would be renewed interest in after the success of "Traffic", a film I didn't enjoy but has obtained obvious acclaim.


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