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January 21, 2010 | By Ken Ellingwood
A prison riot Wednesday killed at least 23 inmates in the northern Mexican state of Durango, which has been the scene of increasingly violent feuding between drug-trafficking groups during the last year. Authorities said fighting broke out early in the morning between inmates affiliated with rival drug-trafficking groups who were held in the penitentiary in the state capital, also named Durango. The clashes left an undetermined number of inmates injured. The Durango state prosecutor, Daniel Garcia Leal, declined in a radio interview to identify the rival cartels.
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March 15, 2014 | By Reed Johnson, Los Angeles Times
Last month, after years of futile goose-chasing, Mexican authorities captured the country's most-wanted criminal, the powerful Sinaloa drug cartel boss Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán. But another legendary Mexican desperado remains at large after 40 years, haunting the fantasies of an adoring public. She's Camelia la Texana, a comely San Antonio ingenue turned drug-smuggling queen who shot and killed her lover in a jealous rage. At least that's her story as immortalized in "Contrabando y Traición" ("Contraband and Betrayal")
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NEWS
March 10, 1990 | DOUGLAS JEHL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A government test has determined that a red dye used in many lipsticks is a powerful herbicide capable of killing marijuana plants, prompting some Bush Administration officials to propose using the dye in an airborne offensive against domestic marijuana cultivation.
WORLD
February 23, 2014 | Tracy Wilkinson, Don Bartletti and Richard A. Serrano
Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, one of the world's biggest drug traffickers and Mexico's most-wanted fugitive, was captured Saturday in a joint U.S.-Mexican operation after more than a decade on the run, officials of both countries announced. Guzman was arrested by agents who burst into the seaside condominium in the Sinaloa resort of Mazatlan where he had moved just two days earlier. His capture was a huge symbolic blow to Mexican drug trafficking, a world in which he had reached folk hero status, and an important victory for the government of President Enrique Pena Nieto.
WORLD
August 9, 2008 | Richard Marosi, Times Staff Writer
In Mexico's drug war, Gen. Sergio Aponte Polito racked up crime-fighting credentials worthy of the Dark Knight, making record seizures of drugs and weapons and forcing out top Baja California law enforcement officials he accused of corruption and of having links to organized crime.
NEWS
July 20, 2011 | By Andrew Seidman, Washington Bureau
After representatives of the Drug Enforcement Administration, the State Department and the Defense Department touted the success of U.S. counter-narcotics efforts in Afghanistan for more than an hour Wednesday, lawmakers aggressively questioned them about a subject that forced panelists into near silence: corruption in President Hamid Karzai's government.   Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), chair of the Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control, noted that in April 2009, Karzai issued a decree to release drug traffickers who were caught with more than 260 pounds of heroin.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 12, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
A doctor practicing in West Hollywood pleaded guilty Monday to a federal drug trafficking charge for unlawfully writing hundreds of prescriptions after authorities had revoked his physician's registration and ability to prescribe drugs. James William Eisenberg, 72, of Venice pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to one count of distribution of hydrocodone, better known as Vicodin.  "On Dec. 14, 2011, a DEA administrative judge determined that Eisenberg acted as a 'drug dealer' and suspended his registration number.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 21, 2013 | By Richard Winton
Months of eavesdropping on two drug trafficking organizations that smuggled methamphetamine and cocaine across the border from Mexico culminated in the federal indictment of 30 suspects in a drug trafficking conspiracy. During early mornings raids Wednesday, seven of the named defendants were arrested at homes across Southern California as part of the 12-count indictment involving the transportation, distribution and delivery of drugs throughout Los Angeles and surrounding counties.
WORLD
June 26, 2011 | By Chris Kraul, Los Angeles Times
To hear a 20-year veteran of the force tell it, the streets of Ecuador are a lot meaner for undercover cops these days. The anti-drug officer says narcotics are flooding in, a fellow detective was killed during a recent sting operation, and months of painstaking investigative work are routinely squandered by corrupt or threatened judges who let suspects go. "Many of my colleagues are extremely discouraged and worried. But we're fighting on. We're doing it for our children," said the longtime officer, who asked that his name not be published for security reasons.
WORLD
December 6, 2013 | By Tracy Wilkinson
MEXICO CITY -- He allegedly raked in millions of dollars to give drug traffickers easy access to the United States. The cocaine flowed north, prosecutors say, and the money in his pocket bought him elegant houses and a couple of private jets. Tomas Yarrington, former governor of the Mexican border state of Tamaulipas, has been indicted by U.S. federal prosecutors on a host of drug-trafficking, money-laundering and racketeering charges. He is one of the highest-ranking former Mexican officials whom the United States has attempted to prosecute in many years.
WORLD
February 22, 2014 | By Tracy Wilkinson and Richard A. Serrano
MEXICO CITY -- Mexico's most wanted drug lord, Joaquin Guzman, known as "El Chapo," was captured Saturday in a joint operation by Mexican and U.S. federal agents, a senior U.S. official said. Guzman, long considered the top prize and most elusive figure in the ongoing drug war that has left tens of thousands of Mexicans dead, was taken into custody before dawn at a hotel in the seaside Sinaloa resort town of Mazatlan. Guzman led the Sinaloa cartel, the most powerful, richest and oldest of the drug-trafficking networks in Mexico.
WORLD
February 11, 2014 | By Tom Kington and Richard A. Serrano
ROME - The FBI and Italian police said they had broken up a global heroin and cocaine trafficking ring Tuesday after stumbling upon a fledgling alliance between a Calabrian Mafia group and associates of New York's notorious Gambino crime family. Twenty-four arrests were made in Italy and the United States after a two-year operation that relied on both wiretaps and an American undercover agent named by investigators as "Jimmy," who is said to have infiltrated the Gambinos and fooled Italians into believing he was a heroin dealer.
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February 9, 2014 | By Noel Murray
The Armstrong Lie Sony, $30.99; Blu-ray, $35.99 Available on VOD beginning Tuesday Give credit to Alex Gibney: Even with as many documentaries as he cranks out in any given year, he always finds new ways into stories that audiences may think they already know. For "The Armstrong Lie," Gibney tackles disgraced former champion cyclist Lance Armstrong, who after years of denials - including to Gibney, who'd been documenting Armstrong's attempt at a comeback - finally admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs.
WORLD
February 4, 2014 | By Vincent Bevins
RIO DE JANEIRO -- At least six people were killed in a shootout with Brazilian police in Rio de Janeiro on Tuesday, authorities said, as officers sought to apprehend suspects in the slaying of a police officer two days earlier. Two officers were wounded in the exchange of fire and three teenage boys were arrested, accused of drug trafficking and attempted homicide. Tuesday's firefight and the death Sunday of officer Alda Rafael, who was shot in the back, are the latest setbacks for Rio's "pacification" program.
NEWS
January 27, 2014 | By Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON - Rep. Trey Radel plans to resign, two months after the Florida Republican pleaded guilty to drug possession, prompting a congressional investigation and primary challenges in his district. Radel, 37, planned to inform House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) of his decision in a letter Monday, a spokesman said. The first-term congressman, a former radio and television host in the southwest Florida area he represents, agreed to one year of probation after pleading guilty in November to a misdemeanor charge of possession of cocaine.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 20, 2013 | By Tracy Wilkinson
Handpicked for the job by the Mexican president, praised by the U.S. government for his honesty, army Gen. Jose de Jesus Gutierrez Rebollo seemed the perfect man to serve as drug czar. But barely 11 weeks into the job, Gutierrez Rebollo was fired in February 1997 and later convicted of working for a cartel he was tasked to fight. To this day, the Gutierrez Rebollo case remains a prime example of the extent to which drug corruption can permeate Mexico's most important institutions.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 18, 1986
I am writing to express my concern regarding the drug trafficking in Orange County high schools. It seemed only years ago when drug use was a hidden "hobby." Now that times have changed, teen-age drug abusers in county high schools not only brag of their usage but also criticize the students who are not involved. The majority of teen-agers feel that not only is drug use enjoyable but is also accepted in our society today. I am not just another adult looking in. I'm a student at San Clemente High School who sees the problem growing day by day. I do not have a solution to this and I am not here to play "God," but I cannot understand why people find it necessary to use drugs to make them happy and secure.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 28, 1988 | Associated Press
Twenty-three people were convicted in connection with a drug-trafficking ring that used housewives to smuggle heroin into New York City in exchange for cash and a stay at posh Manhattan hotels. In the verdict rendered by a Palermo court Friday night, all defendants were convicted of drug trafficking, and the alleged masterminds were also found guilty of Mafia association. One of the suspected ringleaders, Francesco Rosciglione, received the heaviest punishment, an 18-year prison sentence.
WORLD
December 19, 2013 | By Tracy Wilkinson
MEXICO CITY -- Handpicked for the job by the Mexican president, praised by the U.S. government for his honesty, army Gen. Jose de Jesus Gutierrez Rebollo seemed the perfect man to serve as drug czar. But barely 11 weeks on the job, Gutierrez Rebollo was fired in February 1997 and later convicted of working for a cartel he was tasked to fight. To this day, the Gutierrez Rebollo case remains a prime example of the extent to which drug corruption can permeate Mexico's most important institutions.
WORLD
December 6, 2013 | By Tracy Wilkinson
MEXICO CITY -- He allegedly raked in millions of dollars to give drug traffickers easy access to the United States. The cocaine flowed north, prosecutors say, and the money in his pocket bought him elegant houses and a couple of private jets. Tomas Yarrington, former governor of the Mexican border state of Tamaulipas, has been indicted by U.S. federal prosecutors on a host of drug-trafficking, money-laundering and racketeering charges. He is one of the highest-ranking former Mexican officials whom the United States has attempted to prosecute in many years.
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