August 27, 2008 |
The gruesome discoveries this week of five bodies, four of them decapitated, have shattered a period of relative calm and revived concerns that organized crime groups are escalating their battle for control of this border city. Two bodies were found Monday morning on a hillside, one with its head placed on its upper back. Three more bodies were discovered Tuesday morning in an illegal dump. Their heads, charred from gasoline burns, were placed at their feet, according to the Baja California state attorney general's office.
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June 19, 2007 |
An accused leader of one of Mexico's most notorious drug cartels pleaded guilty Monday to federal charges of selling cocaine in a San Diego motel. Francisco Rafael Arellano Felix, one of seven brothers allegedly behind the Tijuana-based Arellano Felix cartel, admitted selling about half a pound of cocaine to an undercover police officer in 1980. He faces up to 15 years in prison, said Assistant U.S. Atty. Laura Duffy.
April 27, 2007 |
Benjamin Arellano Felix, reputed to be one of Mexico's most notorious drug lords, was sentenced Thursday to five years in prison for arms possession. The sentence, reported by Mexican online media late Thursday, was the first passed on Arellano Felix since his arrest in 2002. He faces trial on other charges, such as organized crime activities and drug trafficking.
September 17, 2006 |
Mexico extradited drug kingpin Francisco Javier Arellano-Felix to the United States, making him the first major Mexican drug lord to be sent north to face drug charges. The extradition was a victory for U.S. officials who have been pushing Mexico to hand over more drug lords. After serving a 10-year sentence in Mexico, the former head of Tijuana's Arellano-Felix drug clan was turned over to U.S. authorities in Brownsville, Texas.
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August 22, 2006 |
A court-appointed attorney for an accused kingpin of one of Mexico's most notorious drug cartels said Monday that he would not seek bail. Francisco Javier Arellano Felix, 36, has pleaded not guilty to racketeering, racketeering conspiracy, conspiracy to import and distribute controlled substances and money laundering. "Even if he were granted bail he'd be held by the immigration authorities," said Arellano Felix's lawyer, David Bartick.
July 17, 2004 |
Despite the arrests of key figures in the Arellano Felix drug cartel and the encroachment of rival gangs, Tijuana's dominant narcotics traffickers are as dangerous as ever -- if not more so, U.S. law enforcement officials say. Evidence of the mayhem wrought by the so-called Tijuana cartel is plentiful and appalling. Last month, Francisco J.