February 24, 2008 |
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 |
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 |
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.
December 17, 2012 |
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.
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August 19, 1988 |
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.
July 11, 2000 |
After a four-year hunt that stretched from remote mountains to sweltering Yucatan villages, Mexican authorities announced Monday that they had captured one of the FBI's most wanted fugitives, a Mexican accused in the killing of a U.S. drug agent in Arizona. U.S. authorities hailed the arrest of Agustin Vazquez Mendoza, 30, which had become a priority in their often troubled relationship with Mexican anti-drug authorities.
November 28, 2012 |
Is Mexico getting safer? Every prudent southbound traveler wants to know, and it's an especially tricky question this week, since Mexican president-elect Enrique Peña Nieto met Tuesday with President Obama in Washington. One Los Angeles Times article Tuesday notes that Mexico's president-elect (who takes office Saturday) seems to be curtailing the size and clout of the federal police, who have played a major role in that country's war with drug cartels over the last six years.
November 16, 1997 |
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 |
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.
September 19, 2013 |
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.