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.
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.
August 28, 1989 |
Amid a campaign of terror by Colombian cocaine barons, bombs exploded Sunday at nine banks--one of the blasts killing a university student--and radio stations reported the resignation of a key Cabinet official in President Virgilio Barco Vargas' war against the traffickers.
February 5, 1990 |
It was the year of living dangerously in Colombia. A presidential candidate was assassinated in August, leading to a declaration of war by the government against the drug cartels. By the end of 1989, the death toll reached more than 300. Yet, when Credencial magazine polled 344 people in four cities about the year's top news story in Colombia, the assassination of presidential candidate Luis Carlos Galan finished second at 19.8%. The drug war was third at 12.3%. The winner, 39.
March 25, 2010 |
In Ciudad Juarez this month, Mexican President Felipe Calderon insisted that appearances notwithstanding, drug violence had begun to recede thanks to the yearlong presence of 10,000 Mexican troops in the border city. Yet according to his own government's figures, there have been 536 executions in Juarez since Jan. 1, which is 100 more than during the same period last year. And the violence is not localized to a few border towns like Juarez. Over a holiday weekend in Acapulco this month, 34 people were assassinated in drug-related incidents; nearly 20 suffered the same fate in the drug-producing state of Sinaloa; and perhaps most poignant, two graduate students from Mexico's premier private university, Monterrey Tech, lost their lives March 19, victims of crossfire as the Mexican military pursued drug cartel members at the entrance to the campus.