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December 17, 2012 | By Richard Fausset and Cecilia Sanchez, Los Angeles Times
MEXICO CITY - Mexico will have a new 10,000-member security force that will be deployed to regions of the troubled country where violence and instability are greatest, President Enrique Peña Nieto said Monday. The president said at a meeting of the National Public Security Council that the force would consist of 10,000 members to start, though he did not say when it would be created. For the time being, the military will remain in the streets in an effort to maintain order. The federal police will add 15 units that will focus solely on kidnapping and extortion, he said.
August 19, 1988 | PATRICK McDONNELL, Times Staff Writer
At least four people were reported killed and three seriously injured Thursday in an early-morning shoot-out in Tijuana between Mexican authorities and suspected drug traffickers. Details of the incident remained sketchy Thursday, with authorities revealing few facts. Graciela Ruiz, an agent of the federal judicial police in Tijuana, said officials would not provide details on the shooting until Friday. She acknowledged that there were deaths, but could not say how many.
September 22, 2005 | Sam Enriquez, Times Staff Writer
Mexico's top federal law enforcement officer, a longtime ally of President Vicente Fox who led the war against a rising tide of national violence, was killed Wednesday along with eight others in a helicopter crash. Ramon Martin Huerta, secretary of public security, was traveling to a ceremony for new prison guards at Mexico's maximum-security La Palma prison when the Bell 412 helicopter crashed into a mountain about 30 miles west of the capital, authorities said.
November 16, 1997 | From Associated Press
Moments after testifying in an immigrant-smuggling case, two army soldiers were assassinated as they sat in a vehicle parked outside the federal courthouse. Juan Antonio Martinez Catarino, 32, and Miguel Angel Anaya Valenzuela, 24, had been assigned to the Tecate area about 70 miles east of this border city. They died instantly Friday, their bodies sprayed by more than 50 bullets, presumably from AK47 assault rifles, according to the federal attorney general's office.
November 26, 2012 | By Sandra Hernandez
President Obama will meet with Mexico's incoming president, Enrique  Peña Nieto, on Tuesday in what is largely billed as a meet-and-greet visit. No doubt the two leaders will vow to work together on bilateral issues, including trade, immigration and border security. But the meeting may prove to be more than just a photo opportunity thanks to Peña Nieto's recent announcement that he plans to restructure the government and move control of the federal police from the Public Security Ministry to the Interior Ministry.
June 15, 2010 | By Ken Ellingwood, Los Angeles Times
A shootout between Mexican soldiers and gunmen Tuesday left at least 14 people dead in the scenic mining town of Taxco, known to tourists for its silver jewelry. Authorities in the southern state of Guerrero said all those killed during the morning shootout appeared to be gunmen. State officials had not provided more details by late afternoon. Mexican news reports said the shooting broke out when troops went to search a suspected criminal hide-out in Taxco, a picturesque town of stone-paved streets and silver shops that draws thousands of visitors each year.
September 19, 2013 | By Vincent Bevins
SAO PAULO, Brazil -- In the latest crackdown on corruption since protests exploded across the country in June, Brazilian police Thursday arrested four police officers and 15 others in a public pension scandal involving at least $135 million. Federal police allege that public money in the pension scandal was diverted into built-to-fail investments and then routed through fictitious companies to pay off the participants in the scam and the police, which provided protection. In the last 18 months, $135 million was taken out of money-laundering companies by “oranges,” Brazilian Portuguese slang for people used to receive ill-begotten cash.
Even by Mexican standards of corruption, the case was jolting: In an apparent sting operation, police nabbed as a suspect the top federal law enforcement official overseeing the border drug-trafficking hub of Ciudad Juarez. Norberto Suarez Gomez, the Mexican attorney general's chief representative in the state of Chihuahua, was arrested Dec. 30 on suspicion of trying to sell a law enforcement job for nearly half a million dollars.
December 10, 2001 | Associated Press
Police captured the last two suspects in the killing of Peter Blake, a yachting champion from New Zealand who was shot to death in Brazil, officials said Sunday. The suspects were detained on an island about 12 miles from Macapa, near the mouth of the Amazon River where Blake's boat was moored when he was killed Wednesday night, federal police agent Jose Araujo said. The suspects were found in a cabin with objects from Blake's boat, including a motor and his watch, Araujo said.
November 1, 2006 | Sam Enriquez, Times Staff Writer
Federal police reopened this city's central square Tuesday after painting over the anti-government graffiti that had covered nearly every building in the colonial plaza during a five-month occupation by leftists and striking teachers. Small skirmishes continued to flare in other parts of the state capital between federal police and protesters seeking the ouster of Gov. Ulises Ruiz.
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