September 1, 2000 |
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.
August 27, 2000 |
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.
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July 22, 2000 |
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.
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March 17, 2000 |
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.
March 12, 2000 |
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.
March 11, 2000 |
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.
March 9, 2000 |
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.
February 9, 2000 |
Administrators started returning to the National Autonomous University of Mexico, the nation's largest, two days after a police raid ended a nine-month occupation by striking students. The federal attorney general's office announced that 579 of the adults arrested Sunday had been freed, though some might face other charges. Seventy-seven minors were turned over to the juvenile court system.
February 7, 2000 |
More than 2,000 federal police swarmed into Latin America's largest university at dawn Sunday, dislodging hundreds of strikers who had occupied the sprawling Mexico City campus for nine months in what had grown into a national political crisis. No injuries were reported as police, armed only with truncheons and riot shields, rounded up 632 students and professors at the National Autonomous University of Mexico and loaded them onto buses to be sent to judicial offices, then jails.
October 27, 1999 |
Mexico's army and police appear to have dealt a crippling blow to a leftist guerrilla group that officials say planned to sabotage the 2000 election, analysts and media reports said. The government took the unusual step of declaring the Insurgent People's Revolutionary Army, or ERPI, "leaderless" after an accused rebel commander and three other people were arrested over the weekend.