Ricardo "Ricky" Sandoval is a former US Marine and undercover DEA Special Agent who infiltrated the Santa Blanca drug cartel over a 7-year period. He eventually became the cartel's head of finances. Karen Bowman was his case officer as he started working with the Kataris 26 rebels.
After a failed attempt in July 2019 by the rebels to assassinate the heads of the cartels, Sandoval's cover was blown and he was forced to evacuate. Sandoval sacrificed himself so Monica could escape, and cartel sicarios cornered him after Monica raced to the American evacuation helicopter. He was brought before El Sueño, then tortured for 47 hours. Before La Yuri and El Polito executed him, he asked all the cartel heads if they "believe in Ghosts."
The U.S. Embassy at La Paz was bombed few days earlier, which caused the American government to move the Santa Blanca cartel to terrorist movement status. A Ghost Recon team, consisting of Nomad, Weaver, Holt and Midas, along with Agent Bowman, were sent to destabilize the cartel.
Sandoval's body is later located by the Ghosts from an outpost in San Mateo and is retrieved by a CIA retrieval team sent by Bowman.
Later, after ths Ghosts defeat all of the cartel's top lieutenants, El Sueño contacts the Ghosts to inform them that Sandoval was not the dedicated agent that he appeared to be. Sueño tells them that there is a recording of Sandoval's confessing his corrupt actions while being tortured. The recording reveals that it was not Santa Blanca who blew up the U.S. Embassy, but actually Sandoval himself. He confesses that the action was not sanctioned or authorized by any government organization or third party, but that he did it alone so that the agencies with the right resources to dismantle the Cartel could get involved, hence making Operation Kingslayer possible.
- He is portrayed by D. J. Cotrona in Ghost Recon Wildlands: War Within the Cartel
- In the game the players can pickup "Kingslayer Files" - audio files from Ricky which reveals how conflicted he was.
- An audio file reveals that after several hours of torture, he admitted that he was the one who bombed the U.S embassy in an attempt to force his superiors to take action against the cartel. He felt that all of his work was for nothing, as the intel he gave on cocaine shipments was ignored and the shipments were never stopped.
- He seems to be based on Enrique "Kiki" Camarena, a DEA agent and Marine Corps veteran who was tortured and killed by the Guadalajara Cartel sicarios in 1984.