January 3, 2013 |
MEXICO CITY -- Promised that no questions would be asked, they've brought in handguns, pistols, rifles, grenades, bullets, and dozens of gun replicas that may or may not have been used to spook a robbery victim. Hundreds of people have turned in nearly a thousand weapons and at least one grenade-launcher in nine days in exchange for gifts and cash -- as well as anonymity -- in a holiday pilot program that has exceeded government expectations in Mexico's populous capital. The program, "For Your Family, Voluntary Disarming," was launched at the historic Santuario de la Cuevita church in the crime-toughened borough of Iztapalapa on Christmas Eve, with promises of tablet computers and bicycles for handing over any firearms.
November 4, 2001 |
As New Mexico prepares to carry out its first execution since 1960, few here question whether child killer Terry Clark should pay for his awful crime. Where the disagreement begins is whether Clark should pay with his life. A statewide debate, spurred by the execution Tuesday, has refocused attention on capital punishment in a place that has for decades been reluctant to impose it. Activists are calling for the repeal of New Mexico's death penalty statute.
February 16, 2001 |
A gang of hooded men in green uniforms gunned down 12 people, including two 13-year-olds, in a mountain village in Mexico's Sinaloa state, officials said Thursday. Three other people were slain in another incident in the violence-plagued state Thursday morning, state Atty. Gen. Ramon de Jesus Castro said. The deaths brought to 67 the number of people killed in the western state in just the first six weeks of the year, a police spokeswoman said.
August 9, 2000 |
She is a sweet-faced Catholic schoolgirl of 14. An architect's daughter. The sort of kid the teachers favor at school. The kind who still sleeps with stuffed animals at home. But on a hot afternoon four months ago on a bridge between her home of Juarez, Mexico, and El Paso, Texas, Paloma left childhood behind. At that moment, driving a stranger's car slowly toward a U.S. customs inspection station, Paloma became a felon. She knew there was a load of marijuana in the car.
September 13, 1999 |
Nestor Castellanos eased his 18-wheeler onto the freeway, carefully checking the rearview mirror. Tailing him was a black minivan with two pistol-packing guards. In the seat behind Castellanos perched a former riot police officer, tear gas at the ready. "We've got dangerous cargo," warned the driver.
August 20, 1999 |
Three high-profile shootings in the Mexican capital in three months, with targets ranging from a famed TV host to the nation's anti-drug czar, have stoked fresh fear and anger over increasingly brazen violence by criminal gangs. City prosecutors said Thursday that they had arrested a suspect in the June 7 gangland-style slaying of talk-show personality Francisco "Paco" Stanley.