November 26, 1997 |
Defying the United States' wrath and the threat of sanctions, the Chamber of Representatives gave final approval Tuesday to a watered-down extradition bill that will exempt the world's most powerful drug traffickers from facing trial abroad. Passage of the weak law--approved by a 119-38 vote--eliminates any realistic chance that the United States will remove Colombia from the list of pariah nations that are not doing their share in the fight against drugs.
February 12, 1994 |
The young men saunter into swank car dealerships during the day, garish discotheques at night. Walkie-talkies in hand, automatic pistols in their belts, they take charge, they intimidate, and sometimes they kill. The men--called traquetos , after the Spanish word for machine-gun fire--represent the latest generation of drug traffickers spawned by the Cali cartel, the sophisticated business empire that dominates the world's cocaine industry.
December 17, 1994 |
Federal law enforcement authorities Friday took the cover off a nearly three-year money-laundering investigation that set up a Caribbean offshore bank to penetrate the Colombian Cali drug cartel and damaged a link between the cartel and a rising Italian organized crime group. In addition to producing 88 arrests and the seizure of about 9 tons of cocaine and $52 million in cash and property, Operation Dinero took possession of three paintings purportedly by Rubens, Reynolds and Picasso.
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June 13, 1995 |
Police battled violence and drugs Monday by arresting suspects in a lethal bombing and hunting for the second of two brothers believed to run the notorious Cali cocaine cartel. Several people were arrested as suspects in the bombing of a street festival that killed 29 people Saturday. The bombing came one day after police arrested Gilberto Rodriguez Orejuela, who with his brother, Miguel, leads the Cali cartel. Police carried out more raids Monday in the search for the brother.
February 17, 1996 |
Jesus Amayak Russa, the alleged leader of an Atlantic Coast drug cartel responsible for shipping tons of cocaine to the United States through Central America, Haiti and Mexico, was arrested along with four other suspected cartel members in simultaneous raids in two cities, Colombian authorities announced Friday.
May 8, 1993 |
Leaders of the feared Cali drug cartel, which the United States says runs most of Colombia's cocaine trade, are considering a mass surrender and an exit from drug trafficking in return for reduced sentences and guarantees for their safety, government sources said Friday. U.S.
March 14, 1994 |
Colombians went to voting booths Sunday to elect a new Congress that some critics said was being bought by the powerful Cali cocaine cartel. According to preliminary unofficial results, the ruling Liberal Party maintained control over the Senate. The party was also expected to keep its grip on the House of Representatives. Turnout was reportedly low across the country. Final official results were expected late today.
July 6, 1989
The reputed No. 3 man in Colombia's Cali drug cartel was arraigned in a Miami prison under tight security for fear fellow cocaine traffickers might try to free him, federal officials said. The Cali cartel--a rival to the better-known Medellin cocaine cartel--operates out of the city of Cali and has grabbed a growing share of Colombia's drug trade, Drug Enforcement Administration officials said. Luis Santacruz Echeverri, 35, was arraigned by U.S.