New Mexico DEA agent Sean Waite acknowledges the agency is not investigating the May 2016 murders of Carlos and Joe Baca, suggesting it was not a cartel hit, as was first reported in the media. The APD has an open investigation in the case, and has not been able to provide any details.
By Tom O’Connell
An unsolved double torture/homicide in a medical marijuana grow house in Albuquerque was likely not cartel-related, as authorities first suggested after the May 2016 crime. Our first story on this case appeared on the one-year anniversary of the crime.
The Drug Enforcement Administration has acknowledged the agency is no longer investigating the murders of brothers Carlos and Joe Baca in the 3400 block of Morningside Dr. NE. APD is still investigating the murders, however, Albuquerque-based DEA agent Sean Waite confirmed to Burque Media.
“We don’t have an ongoing investigation on the Baca murders,” said Waite.
After the murders, Waite had suggested to the Albuquerque Journal that the crime could be cartel-related. “At this point, we feel there may be an international nexus with Mexico,” he was quoted.
Asked if he wanted to walk back that comment, Waite said he had responded to Journal reporter Elise Kaplan’s question about whether the crime had an international link when he acknowledged to her that that was possible.
“What I told the media at the time was it looked like it may have [been cartel-related],” said Waite. “I said it could have an international link. I still stand by that. It could have an international link, we just don’t know.”
But any crime could have an international link, correct?
“Sure, I guess it could, especially here since we’re close to the border,” Waite responded.
Asked if the DEA would be investigating the Baca murders if a cartel link were suspected, Waite answered, “Not necessarily.”
Burque Media has submitted records requests to APD and the Office of the Medical Investigator. Two out-of-state experts have offered to give Burque Media their opinions on the case: a retired longtime DEA agent who has infiltrated cartels and a forensics university professor. Burque Media will continue to report any new developments in the case.
We also wondered if the DEA agent had any thoughts on plans by the new Department of Justice’s Attorney General Jeff Sessions to double down on the disastrous drug-war policies of the eighties and nineties.
“As an agency under the Department of Justice, it would be probably improper and most likely foolish for me to comment on that,” said Waite.