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March 17, 1998 | From Reuters
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 | 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.
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.
June 3, 1998 | From Reuters
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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