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December 20, 2013 |
Handpicked for the job by the Mexican president, praised by the U.S. government for his honesty, army Gen. Jose de Jesus Gutierrez Rebollo seemed the perfect man to serve as drug czar. But barely 11 weeks into the job, Gutierrez Rebollo was fired in February 1997 and later convicted of working for a cartel he was tasked to fight. To this day, the Gutierrez Rebollo case remains a prime example of the extent to which drug corruption can permeate Mexico's most important institutions.
November 19, 1995 |
The hit on Amado Carrillo Fuentes happened so fast that no one at the Ochoa Bali Hai restaurant was sure at first what had just occurred. Nearly a dozen assassins strode through the front door of the chic seafood restaurant carrying machine guns like briefcases, witnesses said. They moved toward the table where alleged drug baron Carrillo, his wife and their six children were finishing their meal. Then, just before 10 p.m., they opened fire.
August 19, 1997 |
During the final, desperate months of his life, accused Mexican drug lord Amado Carrillo Fuentes moved to Chile with his family, lieutenants and bodyguards to run a cocaine empire from the unlikely refuge of South America's most prosperous nation, Chilean police said Monday.
April 3, 2009 |
Mexican authorities on Thursday announced the capture of Vicente Carrillo Leyva, a suspected top leader of a family-run drug gang based in Ciudad Juarez and one of the country's most wanted figures. Federal law enforcement officials said Carrillo Leyva, the 32-year-old son of deceased drug kingpin Amado Carrillo Fuentes, was arrested Wednesday while exercising in a wealthy neighborhood of Mexico City. The younger Carrillo was listed among the country's 24 most wanted drug suspects last week when the federal government offered $2-million rewards for each.
July 12, 1997 |
His death shrouded in as much mystery as his life, Mexican drug baron Amado Carrillo Fuentes was laid to rest Friday in the village of his birth, leaving behind a multibillion-dollar drug-smuggling network that has confounded and corrupted counter-narcotics authorities for nearly a decade.
July 6, 1997 |
Federal prosecutors Saturday were investigating widespread reports that Amado Carrillo Fuentes, identified by U.S. and Mexican law enforcement agencies as Mexico's most powerful drug baron, has died. Amid wildly contradictory versions of Carrillo's reported death, a communique released by the Mexican attorney general's office said that forensic experts were trying "to gain access to the corpse."
February 14, 1998 |
The death of Mexico's No. 1 cocaine trafficker, slain by his own plastic surgeons, was ordered by his own cartel because he had become a liability to a thriving business, investigators allege. Casting new light on the slaying, Mexico's top drug fighter said in an interview this week that investigators now believe that Amado Carrillo Fuentes was killed because the manhunt for him hurt the cartel's business.
May 4, 1993 |
One of Mexico's top mafia chiefs, Emilio Quintero Payan, was shot to death by police in a suburban shopping center on the outskirts of Mexico City, U.S. and Mexican officials confirmed Monday. Quintero Payan, who allegedly ran heroin, cocaine and marijuana smuggling operations from his home state of Sinaloa, was killed Thursday, a day after the former attorney general of Sinaloa was gunned down in a Mexico City park. Officials are still investigating what seem to be links between the two cases.
November 16, 2002 |
A judge has sentenced a former Mexican army major to 60 years in prison, an unusually heavy sentence, for helping drug lord Amado Carrillo Fuentes escape capture, the Justice Department said Friday in a statement. Victor Soto Conde was discharged from the army and fined $38,000 as part of the same sentence for organized crime drug trafficking and money laundering.
February 23, 1997 |
The governor of the Mexican state that borders Arizona has deep ties to reputed drug trafficker Amado Carrillo Fuentes, enabling huge quantities of narcotics to pass freely into the United States, according to a report. Manlio Fabio Beltrones Rivera, governor of Sonora, reportedly took part in meetings at which drug lords paid high-ranking politicians protection money, the New York Times reported, citing U.S. officials and intelligence reports. Beltrones denied the allegations.