November 3, 2008 |
Eleven policemen have been shot to death near Mexico City in a three-day string of drug gang attacks, prosecutors said. Mexico state prosecutor Alberto Bazbaz said 10 suspects believed linked to drug gangs have been arrested in the killings, which mainly occurred on highways and at police checkpoints. Meanwhile, federal police said they had arrested the Gulf drug cartel's leader for the border city of Reynosa, Antonio Galarza, in the northern city of Monterrey on suspicion of weapons violations and money laundering.
February 5, 1997 |
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 |
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.
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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 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.
June 15, 2010 |
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.