January 3, 1997 |
Towering above the audience in 10-gallon cowboy hats and leather-trimmed Western wear, Los Tucanes electrify a swaying sea of fans with a cautionary song about the rise and fall of a reputed drug baron who enjoyed wealth, fame and power until hubris--and the law--caught up with him. The youths at concerts sing along, much as their great-grandparents once sang the ballads of Pancho Villa during the Mexican Revolution.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 16, 1990 |
My escort, Jose Luis, barreled down Paseo Alvaro Obregon along the La Paz waterfront in his yellow Volkswagen dune buggy. The shocks were long since spent and every rut and chuckhole of that Baja California road sent vibrations of earthquake quality through the vehicle. All the way to the prison, Jose Luis dabbed his thinning pate with cactus juice, a home remedy for baldness.
July 3, 1990 |
Daniel James Fowlie, the alleged patriarch of a vast drug-smuggling operation at a remote Orange County ranch, was extradited to the United States from Mexico on Monday, ending a 20-year effort by law enforcement authorities to apprehend him. Fowlie, 57, wanted on 26 drug charges filed in U.S. District Court, arrived at John Wayne Airport about 5:30 p.m.
July 3, 1990 |
Daniel James Fowlie, the alleged patriarch of a vast drug smuggling operation at a remote ranch in southeastern Orange County, was extradited to the United States from Mexico on Monday, ending a 20-year effort by law enforcement authorities to apprehend him. Fowlie, wanted on at least 26 drug-related charges filed in federal court, was turned over to U.S. authorities at a Baja California prison in the afternoon and flown to John Wayne Airport aboard a U.S. Customs Service plane.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 29, 1988 |
A former Mexican state policeman was sentenced Friday to 240 years in federal prison for his role in the 1985 torture-murder of U.S. drug agent Enrique Camarena and his pilot in Mexico. Raul Lopez-Alvarez, 29, a one-time Los Angeles resident, will not be eligible for parole until he has served at least 60 years for his participation in the murder of Camarena and the pilot, Alfredo Zavala Avelar. The murders were committed, authorities said, at the behest of a Mexican drug lord. U.S.
August 19, 1997 |
During the final, desperate months of his life, accused Mexican drug lord Amado Carrillo Fuentes moved to Chile with his family, lieutenants and bodyguards to run a cocaine empire from the unlikely refuge of South America's most prosperous nation, Chilean police said Monday.
June 15, 1995 |
Six months ago, President Ernesto Zedillo took over a nation in crisis. A confidential report that landed on his desk in his first week spelled out a major reason why--drugs. The warning from the government's National Institute for Combatting Drugs was ominous: The increasing power of Mexico's drug cartels threatens the nation's stability and, indeed, could ultimately make the country ungovernable.
December 7, 1999 |
Investigators uncovered the remains of two more people Monday near the border with Texas and New Mexico, bringing to eight the number of bodies found in a search for the alleged victims of a powerful drug cartel. Mexican authorities and FBI agents have been digging on four ranches near the border city of Juarez after receiving a tip from a former Mexican federal police officer that as many as 100 bodies--apparent victims of the Juarez drug cartel--could be buried there.
July 4, 2001 |
A Mexican man who survived a desert trek that killed three others said all four were drug smugglers. But the Border Patrol has not been able to substantiate the statement made by Francisco Espinoza Sanez, an official said. Three Latino men were found dead Monday in the desert inside the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, four miles north of the Mexican border and about 120 miles southwest of Tucson. Investigators believe the men died from intense heat and lack of water.
December 5, 1996 |
The private jet appeared as a blip on military radar moments before it crash-landed in the mountains near Guadalajara in June 1995. But that radar speck started one of the most successful Mexican military operations in the war on powerful drug mafias that supply up to three-fourths of the cocaine sold in the United States. Gen.