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Corrupt Mexican police, military and immigration officers have helped the notorious Tijuana narcotics cartel ship and unload drugs, assassinate fellow law enforcement officers and avoid capture, new documents say. Most chilling of all, witnesses who dare to testify against the cartel's notorious hit men have been betrayed by police, according to statements given to U.S. and Mexican prosecutors. The allegations, made by two confessed henchmen of the cartel, were filed in U.S. courts.
February 24, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Heavily armed federal police swarmed an Amazon town Saturday, seizing more than 500 truckloads of illegally cut hardwood that were previously confiscated but abandoned when rioting residents and loggers drove out environmental authorities. About 450 officers retook the town of Tailandia, patrolling on horseback and in pickup trucks and standing guard outside sawmills.
August 19, 1985 | From a Times Staff Writer
A team of Mexican federal police intercepted a truck traveling between Tecate and Tijuana Saturday and seized nearly a ton of cocaine destined for the United States. Twelve people were arrested. "This is one of the largest (drug) seizures in the history of Mexico," federal police Commandant Jorge Gonzales Ortiz said in Tijuana Sunday. Gonzales was jubilant over the success of the operation. "It's a triumph for us fighting a war against drugs."
April 18, 2004 | From Reuters
Brazilian police have found the bodies of 23 illegal diamond prospectors apparently killed by Indians in a battle on their remote Amazon reserve, the government's Indian agency said Saturday. The clash between miners and Cinta Larga, or Wide Belt, Indians on the Roosevelt reserve in Rondonia state -- an area some experts say is South America's richest diamond region -- took place April 7, said a spokesman for Brazil's National Indian Foundation. "The federal police have confirmed 23 bodies.
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.
March 20, 2013 | By Cecilia Sanchez and Richard Fausset
MEXICO CITY - President Enrique Peña Nieto, faced with a gruesome one-day toll of 29 suspected organized crime-related deaths in his country, told reporters Wednesday that Mexicans should give his anti-crime strategy about a year before judging whether it is working. The violence reported Tuesday in 13 states included the slayings of two members of the  federal police in Ciudad Juarez. “In a year, we will be able to take stock, to take measure ... and I think that we will be able to see favorable results, a noticeable reduction,” said Peña Nieto, who was visiting Italy for the inauguration Tuesday of Pope Francis.
October 30, 2006 | Sam Enriquez and Reed Johnson, Times Staff Writers
Thousands of federal riot police using tear gas and water cannons battled demonstrators in this once-picturesque state capital Sunday, prompting striking teachers and leftist groups to abandon the central square they had held for five months. After hours of smoky clashes in the streets, the end of a political crisis that had left at least nine dead and tested President Vicente Fox came quietly.
June 1, 2011 | By Ken Ellingwood, Los Angeles Times
"The Team" aired for three short weeks and never scored high ratings. It proved one thing, though. Amid sharpening divisions over Mexico's drug war, even a mediocre cop drama can be fuel on the fire. The TV series debuted on the private Televisa network in early May and ended Friday, capping 15 prime-time episodes. But the controversy around it may outlast the reruns. Was the series, featuring a coed team of elite (and muy attractive!) federal officers on the trail of drug traffickers, just an ordinary crime drama?
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.
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