CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 9, 1988 |
An accountant who oversaw a money laundering operation that funneled more than $50 million in drug profits to Colombia's Medellin cocaine cartel was sentenced Monday to 30 years in prison in what was believed to be the longest sentence ever imposed in a money laundering case. But in a setback to the government's efforts to enforce a tough new drug kingpin statute in Southern California, U.S. District Judge Robert M.
August 19, 1988 |
Ten times a year, the diamond industry's elite--about 150 dealers, wholesalers and cutting factory owners--come here from all over the world. The occasion is called a "sight" and its participants--more than a dozen of them from the United States--are "sight holders." They gather every five weeks at 17 Charterhouse St., headquarters of the Central Selling Organization, the marketing arm of the international diamond cartel run by De Beers of South Africa.
January 23, 1990 |
Secret Service agents are concerned that a cocaine cartel could try to kill President Bush, possibly by downing his plane, when he goes to an anti-drugs summit in Colombia next month, CBS news reported in New York. "The Secret Service is investigating a growing number of intelligence reports that members of the drug cartel will attempt to assassinate President Bush," CBS Evening News said. It cited reports that a cartel has obtained surface-to-air missiles.
May 5, 2001 |
A suspected member of a major drug cartel was extradited to the U.S., the first use of a landmark ruling that allows Mexico to send citizens north to face prosecution. Everardo Arturo "Kitty" Paez, believed to be a lieutenant in the Arellano Felix drug cartel, was arrested in Tijuana in 1997. A federal indictment alleges that he conspired to distribute about 2,200 pounds of cocaine in the United States.
May 22, 1995 |
A notorious Tijuana drug cartel ordered the murder earlier this month of a former state attorney general who led the investigation into the 1993 assassination of Guadalajara's cardinal, an 18-year-old arrested in the recent killing has allegedly told police. State authorities said late Saturday that Jose Luis Castro Ruiz, known as "The Donkey," implicated seven other men in the death of former Jalisco state Atty. Gen.
March 9, 1995 |
The government said Wednesday that it has evidence linking former Deputy Atty. Gen. Mario Ruiz Massieu to a drug cartel and believes that a major political scandal is related to tens of millions of dollars in alleged cartel payoffs to him and other officials. An official source, with direct access to a government inquiry, said evidence is being uncovered by U.S.
February 9, 2007 |
Reputed drug kingpin Luis Hernando Gomez Bustamante was deported Thursday from Cuba to Colombia, which plans to extradite him to the United States to face trafficking and other charges, officials said. Gomez, an alleged top boss of the Norte del Valle cartel, had been held in Cuba since his 2004 arrest at Havana's main airport. He fled Colombia after Washington offered a $5-million reward for the capture of Colombia's top drug traffickers.
September 12, 1989 |
U.S. anti-drug agencies suffer from "large gaps" in their knowledge of how the Colombian cocaine cartels operate, and even when important information is obtained, it is not used effectively, a Senate report obtained Monday concludes. The report of the Republican staff of the Senate Governmental Affairs permanent investigations subcommittee, which began its inquiry a year ago, charged that U.S.
October 30, 2008 |
Federal authorities in Atlanta announced grand jury indictments Wednesday against 41 people allegedly connected to violent Mexican drug cartels, including a former deputy sheriff from Texas stopped with nearly $1 million in cash hidden in his pickup on a Georgia highway. The trafficking operation moved hundreds of kilograms of cocaine and marijuana from the Southwest border to Atlanta, authorities said.
October 31, 1999 |
Mexican officials said Saturday that they have arrested a veteran boss of a drug cartel that smuggles Colombian cocaine up Mexico's Pacific Coast into the United States, and thus crippled a major branch of the Juarez cartel. Mariano Herran Salvatti, Mexico's top drug prosecutor, told reporters that agents arrested Juan Jose Quintero Payan, a longtime trafficker, when he arrived at a house in Guadalajara on Friday night for a tryst with his lover.