February 14, 1998 |
The death of Mexico's No. 1 cocaine trafficker, slain by his own plastic surgeons, was ordered by his own cartel because he had become a liability to a thriving business, investigators allege. Casting new light on the slaying, Mexico's top drug fighter said in an interview this week that investigators now believe that Amado Carrillo Fuentes was killed because the manhunt for him hurt the cartel's business.
February 11, 1998 |
Federal prosecutors Tuesday unsealed indictments against 10 street gang members alleged to be narcotics traffickers and hit men for the notorious Arellano-Felix cartel of Tijuana. At a news conference to announce the indictments, Mexican and U.S. authorities disclosed for the first time that one or more of the four Arellano brothers may have hidden out in the United States in recent years.
November 25, 1997 |
An armed gang apparently working for drug traffickers battled with Mexican customs agents near the U.S. border, killing a Mexican official and wounding at least one American, after the agents stopped a truck smuggling $123,000 in cash, officials said Monday. The firefight Sunday evening--just 50 yards from the U.S. Customs station at Nogales, Ariz.--highlighted the increasing threat that drug-trafficking violence poses to the U.S. border area.
May 31, 1997 |
In a major victory for federal prosecutors, 12 members of the Mexican Mafia were convicted Friday of racketeering and conspiracy charges, including murder and extortion carried out in a ruthless bid to extend the group's influence beyond California's prisons.
November 19, 1996 |
Drifting between Los Angeles and this wild border city, 18th Streeters are confounding law enforcement efforts to tame the gang's mobile criminal network. Tijuana is home to an 18th Street cell that authorities believe was formed in the early 1980s by Los Angeles gang members fleeing prosecution. Today, 18th Streeters frequently venture south to party and, according to law enforcement officials, pursue their criminal endeavors.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 19, 1996 |
Los Angeles detectives are investigating whether suspects who abducted a man from a downtown restaurant are linked to crime gangs in northern Mexico and were involved in similar incidents here. Two of the suspects were killed Wednesday in a shootout with police at a Florence intersection, where they were told to collect a ransom left by the restaurant owner, described as a close personal friend of the kidnap victim, said Los Angeles Police Department spokesman Cmdr. Tim McBride.