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February 25, 1995 | Associated Press
A new federal program designed to crack down on drug smugglers includes a proposal to send Customs Service helicopters across the border to ferry Mexican police as they battle drug traffickers. The program, Operation Hard Line, also calls for the addition of 40 to 80 Customs special agents on the Mexican border as well as computers, X-ray machines and video cameras to assist inspectors and agents, according to a Customs Service outline obtained by the Associated Press.
July 13, 1989 | From Times Wire Services
Cuban President Fidel Castro has asked for talks with the United States to help combat drug smuggling, but the State Department said Wednesday it is too early to assess the overture. In a speech broadcast Tuesday on Cuban television, Castro said: "We have to arrange a form of communication between the United States and Cuba in this common battle. The United States knows that they (the drug smugglers) simply laugh when ordered to land. We really have to discuss how to manage such things."
February 8, 2001 | From Associated Press
The four men convicted of participating in a drug smuggling ring with former Los Angeles Rams defensive back Darryl Henley may be entitled to a new trial, a federal appeals court said Wednesday. The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ordered a lower court to review whether the four men's convictions, including that of Henley's uncle, Rex, were the result of a prejudiced jury after the football player attempted to bribe at least one juror with $50,000. The appeals court is following U.S.
June 8, 2003 | Andrew Selsky, Associated Press Writer
The hymn "Leaning on the Everlasting Arms" drifts through the open windows of a wooden church perched above a turquoise bay. It is a scene that could have played out a century ago on this Caribbean island. First settled by Puritans in 1630, then used as an outpost by pirates and now inhabited mostly by descendants of slaves who speak English as their first language, Old Providence seems forgotten by time.
Manuel A. Noriega, imprisoned in Miami awaiting trial on cocaine-smuggling charges, saw his legal troubles deepen Friday when his co-defendant in another drug case pleaded guilty and agreed to testify against him. Enrique (Kiki) Pretelt, a Panamanian businessman, entered a two-count felony plea in federal court in Tampa. Pretelt said that he had conspired with Noriega in 1983 and 1984 to smuggle 1.
August 13, 1988 | RICK HAMPSON and LARRY McSHANE, Associated Press
The most tangible legacy of Father Lorenzo Zorza's two decades as a missionary is a small patch of concrete near the Consolata Society mission in Somerset, N.J. On this site, the Consolata fathers had weekly sales of used clothes and furniture to benefit their African missions. Lorenzo's task: to supervise the lay people who ran the rummage sale.
"The kings of cocaine," prosecutor Christopher Clark called them. "Willie and Sal. Los Muchachos. The Boys." In the 1980s, when it seemed like much of South Florida was caught in the Miami Vice-like grip of drug smuggling and Colombian cocaine cowboys staged bloody shopping center shootouts in suburbia, no one rode higher in the saddle, federal agents said, than Willie Falcon and Sal Magluta.
October 27, 2003 | Richard Fausset, Times Staff Writer
Nearly every day, former movie actor Erik Aude writes to his mother from his prison cell in Pakistan. He tells her about the beatings he has endured, the executions he has witnessed. He tells her about his boredom and despair, and the wasting away of his once-chiseled weightlifter's body. Sometimes, the 23-year-old muses about suicide. He tells her he is not a drug smuggler, despite the 3.6 kilos of opium found in his suitcase at the Islamabad airport.
November 10, 2009 | Tracy Wilkinson
In the story making the rounds here in Mexico's drug capital, the setting is a beauty parlor. A woman with wealth obtained legally openly criticizes a younger patron who is married to a trafficker. The "narco-wife" orders the hairdresser to shave the first woman's head. Terrified, the hairdresser complies. Urban legend or real? It almost doesn't matter; it's the sort of widely repeated account that both intimidates and titillates. And it highlights a disturbing trend: As drug violence seeps deeper into Mexican society, women are taking a more hands-on role.
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