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December 8, 1997 | From Reuters
Mexico is offering a $1-million reward for information leading to the capture of three brothers who head a dangerous drug cartel and allegedly ordered the recent shooting of a well-known Mexican journalist. The attorney general's office said in a statement that it would pay 8 million pesos--a little more than $1 million--to anyone who helped police capture any of the Arellano Felix brothers: Benjamin, Ramon and Francisco Javier.
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January 5, 2012 | By Richard Marosi, Los Angeles Times
Reporting from San Diego -- Former drug kingpin Benjamin Arellano Felix pleaded guilty Wednesday to federal racketeering and money-laundering conspiracy charges, marking the end of a decade-old case that targeted what once was Mexico's most powerful organized crime group. Arellano Felix, 58, the former leader of the Arellano Felix drug cartel, transformed Tijuana into a major trafficking corridor into the U.S. during a 16-year reign that ended with his arrest in Mexico in 2002. The organization, also known as the Tijuana cartel, poured tons of drugs into California and generated profits that fueled a criminal empire that terrorized rivals, partnered with corrupt Mexican law enforcement officials and funded flashy lifestyles that became the template for Hollywood depictions of Mexican organized crime.
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March 13, 2000 | KEN ELLINGWOOD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Mexican law enforcement officials on Sunday confirmed the arrest by federal authorities of a Tijuana businessman alleged to be a financial mastermind of the Arellano Felix drug cartel based in that city. The Mexican Attorney General's office said that Jesus Labra Aviles, the reputed godfather of the violent drug gang, had been transferred to Mexico City and was being held on drug-trafficking charges as well as weapons charges.
WORLD
January 11, 2010 | By Richard Marosi
It's been a bloody new year so far in this violence-racked city, leaving authorities stunned and apparently speechless. Three teenagers in school uniforms were mowed down by automatic-weapons fire Wednesday. Another youth was shot multiple times last week as he sat in his car outside his parents' upscale home. Four people were decapitated, at least 10 people were killed in drive-by attacks, and five people were kidnapped, including two security guards and a prominent businessman.
WORLD
January 11, 2010 | By Richard Marosi
It's been a bloody new year so far in this violence-racked city, leaving authorities stunned and apparently speechless. Three teenagers in school uniforms were mowed down by automatic-weapons fire Wednesday. Another youth was shot multiple times last week as he sat in his car outside his parents' upscale home. Four people were decapitated, at least 10 people were killed in drive-by attacks, and five people were kidnapped, including two security guards and a prominent businessman.
WORLD
July 17, 2004 | Chris Kraul, Times Staff Writer
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 22, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 19, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
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.
WORLD
September 17, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
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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October 16, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
An accused leader of one of Mexico's most notorious drug cartels was sentenced to six years in federal prison Monday after pleading guilty to drug conspiracy charges. 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 at a San Diego motel in 1980. Arellano Felix, 57, fled to Mexico after being released on $150,000 bond in September 1980.
WORLD
August 27, 2008 | Richard Marosi, Times Staff Writer
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 16, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
An accused leader of one of Mexico's most notorious drug cartels was sentenced to six years in federal prison Monday after pleading guilty to drug conspiracy charges. 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 at a San Diego motel in 1980. Arellano Felix, 57, fled to Mexico after being released on $150,000 bond in September 1980.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 19, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
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.
WORLD
April 27, 2007 | From Reuters
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.
WORLD
September 17, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
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 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
WORLD
April 27, 2007 | From Reuters
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.
WORLD
August 27, 2008 | Richard Marosi, Times Staff Writer
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.
WORLD
July 17, 2004 | Chris Kraul, Times Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
March 13, 2000 | KEN ELLINGWOOD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Mexican law enforcement officials on Sunday confirmed the arrest by federal authorities of a Tijuana businessman alleged to be a financial mastermind of the Arellano Felix drug cartel based in that city. The Mexican Attorney General's office said that Jesus Labra Aviles, the reputed godfather of the violent drug gang, had been transferred to Mexico City and was being held on drug-trafficking charges as well as weapons charges.
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