December 19, 2013 |
MEXICO CITY -- 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 on 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 6, 1997 |
One of the doctors believed to have operated on top Mexican drug lord Amado Carrillo Fuentes just hours before his death has been found stuffed into a cement-filled barrel, authorities said Wednesday. The remains of Jaime Godoy were discovered with two other bodies Monday inside oil drums along the Mexico City-Acapulco highway. In a sign of a mob hit, their fingernails had been yanked; their blindfolded bodies bore burn marks. Two were strangled and one shot.
April 26, 1997 |
Jose de Jesus Partida Villanueva had reason to believe that the "guerrillas had arrived" Tuesday. Dozens of masked gunmen jumped over the fence of his mansion at 8:40 a.m. They burst through the front door, threw him, his wife and daughter on the floor and blindfolded them. It wasn't until after they had scoured the broadcast executive's home for more than an hour that they told him they were cops--members of a federal task force hunting Amado Carrillo Fuentes, whom U.S.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.