January 8, 1991 |
Most people think we're paying for the big freeze now with higher citrus prices, but they're wrong. Actually, we've been paying for this freeze for years, thanks to a loony system of agricultural socialism whereby the government lets growers' cartels control prices and supplies. The result is artificially high prices and overproduction that comes in handy only once every couple of decades or so--whenever there's a bad freeze.
March 16, 2002 |
He was the muscle for Mexico's most feared drug cartel, and he was looking to use it. As revelers filled the streets of Mazatlan for its annual carnival, Ramon Arellano Felix cruised the beach strip like a shark, hunting for a rival. Instead, he ended up the victim, killed in a shootout with police who had stopped his white Volkswagen for driving in the wrong lane. Officially, it was a chance confrontation: The officers opened fire after Ramon brandished a weapon and ran.
September 14, 1997 |
Sgt. Ron Caudillo of the Mendocino County Sheriff's Department saw the change coming five years ago as he looked down an old logging road covered with 7,000 marijuana plants. His experience in the state's most fertile pot-growing area told him the garden was not the work of any local doper. The scale was too big, the rows of sinsemilla too straight. Whoever it was didn't even spread out the crop to avoid discovery.
June 3, 1998 |
Mexico's top anti-drug chief said Tuesday that police had captured Luis and Jesus Amezcua, two of the country's most wanted drug traffickers. "Theirs is the fourth most important organization dedicated to the trafficking of illegal substances in Mexico," the country's special anti-narcotics prosecutor Mariano Herran Salvatti told a news conference.
April 5, 2003 |
Police arrested nine suspected members of the powerful Juarez Cartel during raids in seven Mexican states, including those believed to be the drug gang's main killers, said federal Atty. Gen. Rafael Macedo de la Concha. The cartel reportedly operates in 15 Mexican states. The gang is based in Ciudad Juarez, across the Rio Grande from El Paso. Among those arrested was the cartel's suspected security chief, Arturo Hernandez, a former police commander.
March 17, 1998 |
The nation's most powerful drug cartel bought a controlling stake in a small, struggling Mexican bank in 1995 and 1996 in a bid to have a private money-laundering operation, a newspaper reported Monday. Citing government documents, Reforma newspaper said the Juarez cartel once run by the late Amado Carrillo Fuentes, alias "Lord of the Skies," negotiated directly with two directors of the Grupo Financiero Anahuac, one of whom is the nephew of a former Mexican president.
April 29, 2000 |
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.
May 7, 2004 |
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.
June 17, 2004 |
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.
April 14, 2011 |
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.