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August 20, 1998 | DAVID ROSENZWEIG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A federal judge has refused to set aside the conviction of a Mexican businessman serving a life term for helping plan the 1985 kidnap and murder of U.S. drug agent Enrique Camarena in Guadalajara. U.S. District Judge Edward Rafeedie said in an opinion made public Wednesday that businessman Ruben Zuno Arce had failed to present sufficient evidence to warrant overturning the jury verdict.
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December 3, 2013 | By Tracy Wilkinson
MEXICO CITY -- A fugitive drug kingpin convicted in the slaying of an American federal agent is urging Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto to resist U.S. “pressure” for his extradition and to end the manhunt pursuing him, an official said Tuesday. Atty. Gen. Jesus Murillo Karam confirmed to reporters the existence of a letter written by Rafael Caro Quintero, who was released from prison in August after serving 28 years of a 40-year sentence for the 1985 slaying of DEA agent Enrique Camarena.
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April 5, 1991 | HENRY WEINSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Justice Department lawyer asked a federal appeals court Thursday to reverse an order that the U.S. government return to Mexico a suspect in the 1985 murder of Drug Enforcement Administration agent Enrique Camarena. The suspect, a doctor accused of aiding in the torture of Camarena at the home of a Guadalajara drug baron, was abducted from Mexico last April at the behest of DEA agents so that he could stand trial here.
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August 18, 2013 | By Elaine Shannon
Shortly after 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9, 1985, agents of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, frantically searching for their kidnapped comrade Enrique Camarena, spotted the prime suspect - cartel kingpin Rafael Caro Quintero, surrounded by five machine-gun-toting bodyguards, strutting toward a Falcon executive jet on the Guadalajara airport tarmac. The swarthy young trafficker, sporting pricey cowboy boots and a blinding 6-inch-wide diamond bracelet, beckoned the Mexican police commander minding the Americans, whispered a promise of 60 million pesos (about $270,000)
NEWS
February 2, 1990 | MARJORIE MILLER and HENRY WEINSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Miguel Aldana Ibarra, formerly one of Mexico's top police officials, on Thursday denied charges that he conspired in the 1985 kidnaping and murder of a U.S. drug agent in Guadalajara. Aldana insisted that he was being charged in the United States in revenge for his public denunciation of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and of the slain agent, Enrique S. Camarena, after a docudrama on the case that aired on NBC last month.
NEWS
February 12, 1990 | HENRY WEINSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a highly unusual move, lawyers for a prominent Mexican businessman accused of plotting the murder of U.S. drug agent Enrique Camarena have asked a federal judge in Los Angeles to remove himself from the case unless he agrees to turn over to them numerous documents prosecutors have filed in secret. The request that U.S. District Judge Edward Rafeedie remove himself was filed without fanfare last week.
NEWS
June 7, 1988 | KIM MURPHY, Times Staff Writer
Slain federal drug agent Enrique Camarena told his killers that agents knew the whereabouts of two of Mexico's most powerful drug lords but did not pursue them because they feared for their own lives, according to a tape-recording of Camarena's torture made public Monday. In a chilling transcript of Camarena's ordeal, filed in Los Angeles federal court, the Drug Enforcement Administration agent is heard complaining to his captors that U.S.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 10, 1992 | JIM NEWTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A former Mexican policeman who became a bodyguard to a drug kingpin testified Wednesday that two defendants, along with an array of high-ranking Mexican government officials, were at the Guadalajara house where an American drug agent was being tortured and killed in 1985.
NEWS
February 9, 1986
A new library has been dedicated to slain drug enforcement agent Enrique Camarena in the border town of Calexico. Dedication of the $1.2-million memorial library in Camarena's hometown coincided with the first anniversary of the agent's abduction in Guadalajara, Mexico, on Feb. 7, 1985. Camarena was kidnaped near the U.S. Consulate, presumably by drug traffickers angered by his investigations into their operations.
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March 25, 1987 | Associated Press
Police have made another arrest in the February, 1985, kidnap-murder of a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent, officials said Tuesday. Jose Luis Gallardo Parra was arrested in Guadalajara, where U.S. narcotics agent Enrique Camarena Salazar and Mexican pilot Alfredo Zavala Avelar were kidnaped rand beaten to death. Their bodies were found buried outside the city after a monthlong search. About 60 people have been arrested in the case so far.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 13, 2001 | HENRY WEINSTEIN, TIMES LEGAL AFFAIRS WRITER
For the first time, a federal appeals court has ruled that a U.S. government-instigated kidnapping of an individual from another country violates international human rights law and that violation can be redressed in a U.S. court. The 3-0 ruling this week by the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco stems from the April 1990 abduction of Mexican physician Humberto Alvarez Machain.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 20, 1998 | DAVID ROSENZWEIG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A federal judge has refused to set aside the conviction of a Mexican businessman serving a life term for helping plan the 1985 kidnap and murder of U.S. drug agent Enrique Camarena in Guadalajara. U.S. District Judge Edward Rafeedie said in an opinion made public Wednesday that businessman Ruben Zuno Arce had failed to present sufficient evidence to warrant overturning the jury verdict.
NEWS
February 6, 1998 | DAVID ROSENZWEIG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A government witness who claimed that federal prosecutors in Los Angeles pressured him to falsely implicate suspects in the 1985 kidnapping and murder of U.S. drug agent Enrique Camarena has recanted his allegations against the prosecutors, the U.S. attorney's office said in a document filed in federal court Thursday.
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January 17, 1998 | FREDRIC N. TULSKY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Federal prosecutors Friday dismissed as "shameful" the allegations by a key witness that officials induced him to falsely implicate suspects in the 1983 kidnapping and murder of U.S. drug agent Enrique Camarena in Mexico. The allegations were contained in a motion filed in October by Ruben Zuno Arce, who was seeking to overturn his conviction.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 2, 1995
The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday upheld the conviction of a Mexican man who conspired to torture and murder a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent who helped break up a giant marijuana farm. The court ruled in Los Angeles that the abduction of Juan Ramon Matta-Ballesteros to bring him to trial in the United States was insufficient grounds to dismiss his conviction by a Los Angeles federal court jury.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 7, 1993 | JIM NEWTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Charging that the American government has "lost its moral compass," lawyers for a Mexican gynecologist who was kidnaped at the behest of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration are urging President-elect Bill Clinton to prevent government agents from ever abducting another foreign national.
NEWS
May 6, 1987
Two additional defendants were charged in a drug conspiracy uncovered in the investigation of the torture-murder in Mexico of U.S. drug agent Enrique Camarena, but prosecutors said they are still not prepared to file murder charges against any of the 10 defendants. The new defendants, Daniel Fowlie and Hector Manuel Lopez, remain at large. A new indictment also alleges conspiracy to distribute marijuana and to conceal at least $2.
NEWS
August 17, 1990 | AL MARTINEZ, From Times Wire Services
U.S. prosecutors decided today to appeal a judge's ruling ordering the release of a Mexican doctor abducted from his homeland after his indictment in the murder of Enrique Camarena, and the judge said the order was automatically stayed. U.S. Atty. Lourdes Baird asked U.S. District Judge Edward Rafeedie to delay the implementation of his Aug. 10 decision ordering Dr. Humberto Alvarez Machain returned to Mexico.
NEWS
December 22, 1992 | JIM NEWTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Mexican businessman Ruben Zuno Arce was found guilty Monday of conspiring to kidnap and murder an American drug agent in 1985, ending a chapter in the intense investigation of the crime. Zuno, brother-in-law of former Mexican President Luis Echeverria Alvarez, closed his eyes and shook his head slowly as the jury verdicts were read. "Big injustice," he said in Spanish as he was led from the courtroom by U.S. marshals.
NEWS
December 17, 1992 | JIM NEWTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Lawyers for Mexican businessman Ruben Zuno Arce, who is accused of helping plan the 1985 kidnaping of an American drug agent, requested a mistrial Wednesday because, they said, government documents that surfaced on the final day of the proceeding contained material that might have helped their case. The motion was denied by U.S. District Judge Edward Rafeedie, but he added that the new information was "very disturbing."
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