March 31, 2001 |
President Vicente Fox's government announced that its first anti-corruption raids have netted 11 officials who allegedly took bribes in exchange for granting everything from licenses to health certificates. The Comptrollers Secretariat announced that 11 Mexican officials had been suspended after Thursday's raids in five cities, including the capital.
March 7, 2001 |
Federal police announced late Tuesday the arrest of a suspected top smuggler of illegal immigrants, wanted in Mexico and the United States in connection with human trafficking as well as the deaths of migrants who drowned in the Rio Grande. Authorities allege that Raul Antonio Espinoza Rojas is among the 12 top smugglers in Mexico, heading a network that reaches into Central and South America.
January 23, 2001 |
Even by Mexican standards of corruption, the case was jolting: In an apparent sting operation, police nabbed as a suspect the top federal law enforcement official overseeing the border drug-trafficking hub of Ciudad Juarez. Norberto Suarez Gomez, the Mexican attorney general's chief representative in the state of Chihuahua, was arrested Dec. 30 on suspicion of trying to sell a law enforcement job for nearly half a million dollars.
January 3, 2001 |
Mexican authorities have arrested a couple from Oregon on charges of taking handguns into the country. Kevin John Faill, 22, and his wife, Marcie Mears, 18, made their initial appearance in court Tuesday. They were being held without bail in a municipal jail in downtown Tijuana.
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December 11, 2000 |
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.
October 29, 2000 |
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.
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September 29, 2000 |
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.
September 29, 2000 |
Six U.S. residents returned home Thursday to hugs and cheers from relatives after being held for more than a week in a Mexican jail on charges of providing illegal help to Iraqi Christians seeking asylum. Relatives rushed to greet them as they walked across the border crossing that links San Diego and Tijuana. "We were innocent," Kathy Barno of El Cajon said. "We have done nothing wrong and I'm glad I'm back home with my family."
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.