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July 13, 2009 | Washington Post
Authorities were interrogating a suspected ringleader of the drug cartel La Familia on Sunday after the crime syndicate launched a series of coordinated commando attacks against federal police and Mexican soldiers over the weekend that left five dead and a dozen wounded. The ambushes Saturday in eight cities across the western state of Michoacan were carried out with disciplined force by small units of La Familia cartel gunmen with military-grade assault rifles and grenades.
July 4, 1991 | Times Wire Services
The Medellin drug cartel announced Wednesday it is disbanding its military organization and ending its bloody terrorist campaign against the government because of a new constitutional ban on extraditing drug suspects. The announcement came two weeks after the cartel's leader, Pablo Escobar, surrendered to authorities shortly after legislators rewriting Colombia's constitution voted to ban the extradition of drug suspects to the United States.
November 17, 2013 | By Tracy Wilkinson
APATZINGAN, Mexico - In this city in western Mexico, sympathy runs strong for the Knights Templar, a cult-like drug cartel that has used extortion and intimidation to control much of the local economy and undermine government. A few miles up the road, however, amid the lime groves and avocado fields of Michoacan state, residents have taken up weapons to run the Knights Templar out of their towns. They call themselves "self-defense" squads, their territory "liberated. " For the moment, the two well-armed camps are being kept apart by a stepped-up but tenuous federal military deployment.
July 3, 2012 | By Kate Mather and Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times
In Mexico, the media called her la bonita ("the pretty one") or la chula ( "the beautiful one") or la reina del crimen ("the queen of Mexican crime"). Mexican authorities have long alleged that Anel Violeta Noriega Rios, 27, was a top operative in the La Familia drug cartel working out of the United States. They said that she helped smuggle drugs from Mexico into the United States, once using a gardening company to move drugs brought by sea into Long Beach. But when authorities arrested Noriega Rios at a modest El Monte apartment last week on immigration charges, there were no indications the woman had a 5-million peso reward on her head.
July 16, 2013 | By Tracy Wilkinson
MEXICO CITY _ Miguel Angel Treviño Morales, top leader of the vicious Zetas drug-and-extortion cartel, was in a cell in Mexico City on Tuesday, awaiting interrogation and possible extradition to the United States. Treviño, known as "40," was transported to the capital late Monday after his capture in the border city of Nuevo Laredo by Mexican navy special forces following what authorities described as a long pursuit based in part on U.S.-supplied intelligence. Mexican media showed images of him striding in to the federal prosecutor's organized crime unit, wearing a black polo shirt, escorted by military guards but without handcuffs or other restraints.
January 18, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Mexican authorities announced the capture of the purported leader of a drug cartel based in the southern state of Oaxaca. Pedro Diaz Parada was taken to Mexico City. He faces charges related to organized crime and drug trafficking, the attorney general's office announced.
December 19, 2012 | By Richard A. Serrano, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - Two of the weapons found after a drug cartel gunfight last month in Sinaloa, Mexico, that killed five people have been traced back to the U.S. - one lost during the ATF's Operation Fast and Furious, the other originally purchased by a supervisory ATF agent who helped oversee the botched gun-tracking operation. The discovery of the firearms - an AK-47 assault rifle and a 5.7-millimeter pistol - provides new evidence that some of the 2,000 weapons lost under Fast and Furious, and others as well, continue to flow freely across the U.S.-Mexico border and likely will be turning up at violent crime scenes for years to come.
December 12, 2013 | By Richard Winton
Federal prosecutors unsealed indictments Thursday against two dozen members and associates of a Pasadena-based gang that worked with the Sinaloa cartel to sell methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin from Mexico, officials said. Dubbed Operation Rosebud, the 18-month investigation targeted members of Varrio Pasadena Rifa, a multi-generational gang known to sell drugs in the city with operations in the Antelope Valley and Kern County, Pasadena Police Chief Phillip Sanchez said in a news conference Thursday.
May 25, 2013 | Richard Marosi
Eduardo Arellano Felix, the last of four brothers targeted by U.S. authorities for running the notorious Arellano Felix drug cartel, pleaded guilty Friday to money laundering and conspiracy charges. Arellano Felix, 56, a medical doctor who avoided the swaggering, hard-partying ways of his brothers, was a shadowy figure in the hyper-violent organized crime group that pumped tons of drugs into the U.S. during its peak in the 1980s and '90s. After his brothers Benjamin and Javier were arrested in the previous decade, Eduardo became a key advisor to a nephew of the brothers who was trying to restore the group's control of key drug trafficking routes into Southern California.
July 24, 2010 | By Richard Marosi, Los Angeles Times
Federal authorities announced a wide-ranging criminal case Friday against top leaders of a Tijuana-based drug cartel that ran much of its operations from the San Diego area, allegedly ordering murders, kidnappings and torture of rival traffickers in Mexico. The racketeering conspiracy case charges 43 cartel lieutenants, enforcers and drug traffickers, among them half a dozen current or former Mexican law enforcement officers, including a top official in the Baja California attorney general's office who allegedly passed along information obtained from U.S. law enforcement to cartel leaders.
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