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BUSINESS
April 29, 2000 | Chris Kraul
The Assn. of Coffee Producing Countries met in Mexico City with nonaligned Latin American producers to try to gather support for a scheme to withhold up to 15% of world exports from the market to push prices up from current depressed levels. Dominated by Brazil and Colombia, the cartel controls 70% of world supply but needs cooperation from nonmembers Mexico, Guatemala and Vietnam for such a plan to stick, observers say.
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WORLD
May 7, 2004 | From Associated Press
U.S. officials on Thursday announced indictments against nine reputed members of Colombia's largest drug cartel, an organization believed responsible for smuggling more than $10 billion worth of cocaine into the United States. The Norte del Valle cartel, which supplanted the Medellin and Cali drug organizations in the early 1990s, could be the source of as much as 60% of the U.S. cocaine supply, Drug Enforcement Administration chief Karen Tandy said at a news conference.
WORLD
June 17, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Three major Mexican drug organizations are offering millions of dollars to have Atty. Gen. Rafael Macedo de la Concha killed, a top investigator from Macedo's office said in published comments. Santiago Vasconcelos, a deputy attorney general, said the Tijuana, Gulf and so-called Milenio (Millennium) cartels are targeting him.
NATIONAL
June 3, 2012 | Molly Hennessy-Fiske
The white sport utility vehicle was first spotted winding its way through the rugged desert mountains of southern Arizona about 4:30 a.m. Saturday. Federal and local authorities gave chase, but by the time they found it, it was too late for five people aboard. Four hours after the initial spotting by a Border Patrol agent, authorities found the smoldering wreckage of the Ford Expedition where it had gone off the road in the Vekol Valley. The five bodies inside were burned beyond recognition.
WORLD
April 14, 2011 | By Tracy Wilkinson, Los Angeles Times
  Sixteen police officers have been arrested for allegedly providing cover to drug-cartel gangsters suspected in the grisly slaying of more than 120 people whose bodies are being pulled from mass graves in northeastern Mexico. The federal attorney general's office, in a statement, identified the 16 as members of the municipal police force in the town of San Fernando, near where the bodies were found. On Thursday, officials in the border state of Tamaulipas said the number of dead who have been extracted from several pits about 90 miles south of Brownsville, Texas, had risen to 126. Digging continued in search of additional victims, the officials said.
NEWS
January 7, 1997 | MARK FINEMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Mexican federal police and army agents seized three Lear jets, thousands of dollars in cash and more than two dozen suspected drug traffickers--including uniformed police officers--in a major blow to Mexico's most powerful drug cartel, authorities said Monday. The Mexican attorney general's office said it linked the jets and the 25 detained pilots, passengers and police officers--some of whom are federal agents--to the Juarez drug-trafficking cartel.
NEWS
February 22, 1992 | STUART AUERBACH, THE WASHINGTON POST
Atty. Gen. William P. Barr said Friday that the Bush Administration within "weeks" will make a major redefinition of antitrust policy to enable the Justice Department to go after Japanese industrial cartels that restrict American exports. "I think the antitrust laws will be a useful tool against cartels that are excluding U.S. exports," Barr said in an interview on John McLaughlin's "One on One" television show. Barr denied that the policy change was motivated by political considerations.
NEWS
October 30, 1998 | MARK FINEMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Nearly a year ago, Haitian public security chief Robert Manuel warned of "macabre plots" by international drug cartels to infiltrate his impoverished nation, co-opt its politicians, corrupt its nascent U.S.-built police force and foment disorder. The occasion: A large shipment of Colombian cocaine destined for the United States had been abandoned in the village of Aquin on Haiti's south coast. Peasants began to divide the spoils.
WORLD
September 1, 2011 | By Tracy Wilkinson, Los Angeles Times
Two women from the world of Mexico City journalism were abducted and slain, their naked, bound bodies found Thursday in a field behind a cemetery, authorities said. Although dozens of journalists have been killed, kidnapped or threatened as part of Mexico's spiraling violence, this appears to be the first time news media employees have been slain in the relative safe harbor of Mexico City. It was not immediately known whether the attacks on the women were related to their work.
NEWS
March 24, 2000 | MARY BETH SHERIDAN and JOSE DIAZ BRISENO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In a hail of gunfire in the heart of the Mexican capital, attackers Thursday wounded a former top anti-drug official whom U.S. authorities recently had accused of aiding narcotics kingpins, local media reported. The shooting of Cuauhtemoc Herrera Suastegui, along with a recent mysterious death, rocked the Justice Ministry, the main Mexican institution fighting the U.S.-bound drug trade.
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