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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 11, 2000 | ANTONIO OLIVO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A group of Los Angeles environmentalists, politicians and activists has begun lobbying for the release of two Mexican farmers who led efforts to save a forest near their village. Rodolfo Montiel and Teodoro Cabrera, who were convicted of drug trafficking this year, are the focus of a national campaign coordinated by the Sierra Club and Amnesty International.
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October 29, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
The attorney general's office confirmed that 11 members of a pro-government vigilante group implicated in attacks in the state of Chiapas have been arrested. They were charged with organized crime, terrorism and illegal arms possession. They are accused of evicting sympathizers of Zapatista rebels at gunpoint and destroying homes in the village of Yajalon in August.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 29, 2000 | THERESA MOREAU, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Two suspects in a home-invasion robbery Wednesday morning in Laguna Hills have been arrested and are in the custody of Mexican authorities in Tijuana, police said. Jose Luis Santos Navarette, who is in his 20s, and Omar Guzman Vargas, 18, were arrested Wednesday night after Mexican officials spotted them driving a stolen midnight-blue Mercedes-Benz sport-utility vehicle between Tijuana and Rosarita, Orange County sheriff's spokesman Jim Amormino said.
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September 1, 2000 | MARY BETH SHERIDAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two senior army generals were jailed Thursday on drug trafficking charges, in one of the biggest public scandals to hit Mexico's secretive military in decades, officials announced. "This is an important breakthrough. It establishes a precedent," said Roderic A. Camp, a political scientist at Claremont College near Los Angeles and an expert on Mexico's military. At the urging of the U.S.
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August 27, 2000 | From Associated Press
The Interpol has identified an Argentine living in Mexico as the same man accused of torturing people during Argentina's military dictatorship, and a federal judge on Saturday ordered him held here for 60 days while Spanish officials proceed with an extradition request. After former Argentine political prisoners identified the director of Mexico's private National Registry of Motor Vehicles as their torturer, the Interpol detained him Thursday in Cancun.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 22, 2000 | RICHARD MAROSI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Garden Grove murder suspect who fled the country two years ago and began a new life as a business owner in Mexico has been arrested after investigators traced his whereabouts through his telephone calls to associates. Joel David Baptiste, 23, was handed over to FBI agents at the border Thursday night by Mexican Federal Police. He is being held at the Orange County Jail and is to be arraigned on a first-degree murder charge early next week, according to Westminster Police Det. Sam Miller.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 17, 2000 | JOE MOZINGO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Pasadena police have arrested the boyfriend of a 17-year-old flamenco dancer and Pasadena City College student who was stabbed to death last year, officials announced Thursday. Johnny Andres Ortiz, 27, had fled to Mexico City and was working in the sprawling capital when he was caught Tuesday by Pasadena detectives and Mexican federal police.
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March 12, 2000 | From Associated Press
Police have arrested one of Mexico's most-wanted drug trafficking suspects, a Mexican news agency reported Saturday. Jesus Labra, an alleged leader of the Arrellano Felix drug gang, was captured at noon Saturday on a street in downtown Tijuana in an operation that involved the Mexican army and federal police, the Notimex news agency reported. The Tijuana-based gang is considered by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency to be one of the largest and most violent operating in Mexico.
NEWS
March 11, 2000 | KEN ELLINGWOOD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A top aide to murdered municipal Police Chief Alfredo de la Torre Marquez is expected to be named as his replacement today. Meanwhile, investigators continued to hunt for additional slaying suspects, who Mexican news reports say include an assistant chief. Tijuana Mayor Francisco Vega de la Madrid said Friday that he will name career officer Carlos Besneyrigoyen, the operations chief and No. 2 official in the 1,400-member department, as chief. Besneyrigoyen has been interim chief since Feb.
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March 9, 2000 | KEN ELLINGWOOD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a stunning announcement late Wednesday, authorities said they have arrested six suspects, including one current and some former police officers, in the ambush slaying of Tijuana Municipal Police Chief Alfredo de la Torre and the killings of 14 other people, some of them high-profile citizens. Baja California Atty. Gen. Juan Manuel Salazar Pimentel said at a news conference that all six suspects had "confessed their participation" in all 15 slayings.
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