March 21, 1998 |
A series of accusations this week linked Mexico's most notorious drug cartel to money-laundering scams that touch the highest levels of the nation's political, financial and labor elite. First, it emerged that the laundrymen of the Juarez cartel tried to buy a controlling share of a struggling bank. Then it was reported that they tried to go into business with President Ernesto Zedillo's brother.
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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.
December 23, 2003 |
Two brothers who helped found the Cali drug cartel were indicted Monday on counts that they continued to run the billion-dollar operation from their Colombian prison cells. Miguel Rodriguez Orejuela and Gilberto Rodriguez Orejuela were charged along with nine of their associates. The brothers have been in prison in Colombia since 1995 for their leadership of the cartel. Investigators said they had gotten information two years ago that the brothers had resumed running the cartel from prison.
July 12, 2013 |
NOGALES, Ariz. - Gun runners once were so nonchalant about driving into Mexico that one smuggler stashed a .50-caliber rifle on the top of the engine block of a sedan, the weapon visible to anyone who bothered to pop the hood. It was 2010 and word hadn't yet spread that U.S. officials were beefing up outbound inspections, searching for guns that were fueling Mexico's raging drug war. Border agents confiscated the rifle and hundreds of other weapons and ammunition during the first few years of stepped-up enforcement along the southwestern border, federal data show.