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May 14, 1995 | MARK FINEMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Police intensified a nationwide hunt for the leaders of Mexico's notorious Arellano drug cartel Saturday after state and federal prosecutors named them as prime suspects in last week's murder of former Jalisco Atty. Gen. Leobardo Larios Guzman.
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NATIONAL
May 18, 2013 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times
LAREDO, Texas -- A recent wave of kidnappings in Nuevo Laredo was prominently featured in a recent Sunday edition of El Mañana, one of the largest and most long-standing Spanish-language newspapers on the border. But the story carried no byline, and no residents were quoted or pictured. "People don't want to go out for interviews - they say, 'No, we may get kidnapped,'" said Ninfa Cantú Deándar, who runs the paper with her siblings. Because of threats from Mexican cartels, the paper - published in the twin cities of Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, and Laredo, Texas - is operating very differently these days.
WORLD
September 1, 2011 | By Tracy Wilkinson, Los Angeles Times
Two women from the world of Mexico City journalism were abducted and slain, their naked, bound bodies found Thursday in a field behind a cemetery, authorities said. Although dozens of journalists have been killed, kidnapped or threatened as part of Mexico's spiraling violence, this appears to be the first time news media employees have been slain in the relative safe harbor of Mexico City. It was not immediately known whether the attacks on the women were related to their work.
WORLD
January 14, 2005 | Chris Kraul, Times Staff Writer
Once Mexico's deadliest drug trafficker, the weakened Arellano Felix cartel of Tijuana has merged with another gang in a desperate bid for survival, the country's narcotics prosecutor said Thursday. Jose Luis Santiago Vasconcelos, deputy attorney general for organized crime, said recent intelligence showed that the Tijuana cartel had merged with the so-called Gulf cartel, led by Osiel Cardenas, to fend off usurpers.
OPINION
August 14, 2010
More than 28,000 people have died in Mexican President Felipe Calderon's nearly four-year war against drug cartels. The government of Mexico says a majority of those killed were traffickers, dealers and their associates, including kingpins Arturo Beltran Leyva in 2009 and Ignacio "Nacho" Coronel Villarreal last month. According to the U.S. State Department's International Narcotics Control Strategy report issued in March, removing such important cartel leaders has "narrowed the operating space of criminal gangs, who are now fighting among themselves for diminishing territory and profits.
BUSINESS
July 10, 1990 | From Reuters
OPEC appears to be edging toward a price and production accord that may begin to erase a glut that has slashed world oil prices by a third this year. Key ministers report progress in strategy sessions ahead of a conference of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries in Geneva on July 25. They say the goal is a pact to restore average spot prices to OPEC's declared target of $18 per barrel. Benchmark prices in Europe are around $14, down from $21 at the start of the year.
NEWS
October 2, 1996 | MARY BETH SHERIDAN and ANNE-MARIE O'CONNOR, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The top Baja California federal prosecutor has been replaced amid a string of unsolved killings of senior law enforcement officials--a bloody barrage for which Tijuana's notorious drug lords are responsible, federal authorities said Tuesday. A top Mexican official said his government is outraged by two recent slayings on its doorstep in Mexico City and views them as a direct challenge by the Arellano Felix brothers, the reputed leaders of the Tijuana cartel.
NEWS
December 3, 1999 | JAMES F. SMITH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When cocaine boss Amado Carrillo Fuentes died in July 1997 during plastic surgery to disguise his identity, some predicted the collapse of his Juarez cartel, one of the hemisphere's premier drug-smuggling gangs. But the four suspected burial sites of Juarez cartel victims discovered this week near the border city of the same name provide gruesome evidence that Mexico's major drug gangs remain powerful and vicious threats, both to Mexico and the United States. The key Mexican drug cartels, U.S.
WORLD
March 15, 2003 | Marla Dickerson, Times Staff Writer
Soldiers from the Mexican military seized reputed narcotics kingpin Osiel Cardenas in a wild shootout near the Texas border Friday, striking a blow at one of this nation's most brazen drug cartels. At least three soldiers were injured in the firefight that raged for more than an hour on the streets of Matamoros, a gritty industrial city across the border from Brownsville, Texas.
WORLD
November 14, 2011 | By Tracy Wilkinson, Los Angeles Times
The manner in which drug traffickers have undermined Mexico's democracy was illustrated Sunday in Michoacan, home state of President Felipe Calderon and site of violent local elections. Dozens of candidates dropped out of their races because of threats from drug-trafficking cartels. A mayor was assassinated a week before the vote as he campaigned on behalf of Calderon's sister, who is running for governor. Luisa Maria Calderon led most polls going into Sunday's vote, and her win could serve as a morale boost for her brother's conservative National Action Party, or PAN, ahead of next year's presidential election.
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