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August 17, 2006 | Sam Enriquez and Greg Krikorian, Times Staff Writers
The alleged leader of a violent Tijuana crime family accused of smuggling hundreds of tons of cocaine and marijuana into the United States was captured by the U.S. Coast Guard while deep-sea fishing off the southern tip of Baja California, officials said Wednesday. Francisco Javier Arellano Felix, 36, nicknamed "the Wildcat," was taken into custody aboard a U.S.-registered boat, the Dock Holiday, in international waters about 15 miles off the Baja peninsula, U.S. authorities said.
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August 18, 2006 | Richard Marosi, Times Staff Writer
Authorities knew the alleged Mexican drug kingpin didn't like to give up without a fight. In 1994, when police tried to arrest Francisco Javier Arellano Felix in Tijuana, a federal police commander and four other people died in a shootout that led to his escape. So on Tuesday, as a U.S. Coast Guard vessel edged up to a fishing boat off the coast of Baja California, about 30 heavily armed Coast Guardsmen prepared for a potentially bloody encounter.
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August 18, 2006 | Richard Marosi, Times Staff Writer
Authorities knew the alleged Mexican drug kingpin didn't like to give up without a fight. In 1994, when police tried to arrest Francisco Javier Arellano Felix in Tijuana, a federal police commander and four other people died in a shootout that led to his escape. So on Tuesday, as a U.S. Coast Guard vessel edged up to a fishing boat off the coast of Baja California, about 30 heavily armed Coast Guardsmen prepared for a potentially bloody encounter.
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August 17, 2006 | Sam Enriquez and Greg Krikorian, Times Staff Writers
The alleged leader of a violent Tijuana crime family accused of smuggling hundreds of tons of cocaine and marijuana into the United States was captured by the U.S. Coast Guard while deep-sea fishing off the southern tip of Baja California, officials said Wednesday. Francisco Javier Arellano Felix, 36, nicknamed "the Wildcat," was taken into custody aboard a U.S.-registered boat, the Dock Holiday, in international waters about 15 miles off the Baja peninsula, U.S. authorities said.
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August 22, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
A court-appointed attorney for an accused kingpin of one of Mexico's most notorious drug cartels said Monday that he would not seek bail. Francisco Javier Arellano Felix, 36, has pleaded not guilty to racketeering, racketeering conspiracy, conspiracy to import and distribute controlled substances and money laundering. "Even if he were granted bail he'd be held by the immigration authorities," said Arellano Felix's lawyer, David Bartick.
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September 17, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Mexico extradited drug kingpin Francisco Javier Arellano-Felix to the United States, making him the first major Mexican drug lord to be sent north to face drug charges. The extradition was a victory for U.S. officials who have been pushing Mexico to hand over more drug lords. After serving a 10-year sentence in Mexico, the former head of Tijuana's Arellano-Felix drug clan was turned over to U.S. authorities in Brownsville, Texas.
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March 13, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Mexican authorities said they had captured a U.S. citizen believed to be a top member of a major drug cartel and that they would send him back to the United States immediately. Gustavo Rivera Martinez, 46, allegedly part of the Tijuana-based Arellano Felix cartel, will be turned over to the U.S. government, which wants him on drug charges, Interior Secretary Juan Camilo Mourino said at a news conference. Rivera Martinez took over the cartel's operation after the 2006 arrest of Francisco Javier Arellano Felix, said federal Public Safety Secretary Genaro Garcia Luna.
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December 20, 2006 | Richard Marosi, Times Staff writer
Federal prosecutors have filed additional charges against alleged Mexican drug cartel boss Francisco Javier Arellano Felix, making him eligible for the death penalty if convicted of one of the new counts. The indictment, unsealed Tuesday, includes the original charges that accused Arellano Felix, 37, of heading a major drug-trafficking organization that used torture, bribes and murder to import marijuana and cocaine into the United States.
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February 4, 1995 | SEBASTIAN ROTELLA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
U.S. and Mexican law enforcement officials were trying to determine Friday if a man being held by authorities in Miami is a fugitive Tijuana drug lord wanted in the murder of the Roman Catholic cardinal of Guadalajara. Details remained sketchy about the reported arrest of Javier Arellano Felix, one of three fugitive Arellano brothers who run the Tijuana cartel. Officials said they could not confirm that Arellano had been arrested. Mexican investigators received information Thursday from U.S.
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April 28, 2007 | Richard Marosi, Times Staff Writer
Two top bosses of the notorious Arellano Felix drug cartel have pleaded guilty to smuggling tons of drugs into the U.S. and murdering and torturing rivals of the Tijuana-based criminal organization. The defendants, brothers Ismael and Gilberto Higuera Guerrero, are the highest-ranking members of the cartel to be convicted in a U.S. court and are expected to testify against Francisco Javier Arellano Felix, who allegedly took control of the organization in recent years.
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January 3, 2007 | Sam Enriquez and Richard Marosi, Times Staff Writers
Mexican President Felipe Calderon on Tuesday opened the second front in his campaign against drug violence, sending 3,300 soldiers, sailors and federal police to the troubled border city of Tijuana. Tijuana and surrounding communities are a key battleground in the drug cartels' fight to control smuggling routes to the United States. Their bloody rivalries left more than 2,000 people dead in Mexico last year.
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May 25, 2013 | Richard Marosi
Eduardo Arellano Felix, the last of four brothers targeted by U.S. authorities for running the notorious Arellano Felix drug cartel, pleaded guilty Friday to money laundering and conspiracy charges. Arellano Felix, 56, a medical doctor who avoided the swaggering, hard-partying ways of his brothers, was a shadowy figure in the hyper-violent organized crime group that pumped tons of drugs into the U.S. during its peak in the 1980s and '90s. After his brothers Benjamin and Javier were arrested in the previous decade, Eduardo became a key advisor to a nephew of the brothers who was trying to restore the group's control of key drug trafficking routes into Southern California.
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