June 24, 1987 |
The owner of a Costa Rica ranch where the man suspected of masterminding the murder of U.S. drug Agent Enrique Camarena was sheltered before his arrest pleaded guilty Monday to directing a major cocaine distribution ring based in Los Angeles. Jesus Felix-Gutierrez, 39, owner of an East Los Angeles seafood company, pleaded guilty to heading a Southern California narcotics network that prosecutors have alleged is linked to Camarena murder suspect Rafael Caro-Quintero's international drug empire.
October 27, 1988 |
An admitted marijuana trafficker identified as a top lieutenant to a Mexican drug kingpin was sentenced Wednesday to 240 years in prison and an additional life term for his role in the kidnaping, torture and murder of a U.S. drug agent in Mexico. Rene Verdugo Urquidez, 36, will not be eligible for parole until he has served 60 years for his participation in the 1985 torture and murder of Drug Enforcement Administration Agent Enrique Camarena and his pilot, Alfredo Zavala Avelar.
September 17, 1988 |
Federal prosecutors have nothing but a parade of liars to prove that three Mexicans were involved in the torture-killing of U.S. narcotics agent Enrique Camarena, a defense attorney told jurors Friday. Summing up the case for a federal court jury, defense attorney Barry Tarlow said the government's case was "a house of cards" that is bound to collapse because it is built on witnesses who lied under oath.
September 29, 1988 |
The former owner of a Los Angeles-area seafood company, who also headed local operations for a Mexican drug ring, was convicted Wednesday of acting as an accessory to the 1985 kidnaping and murders of U.S. drug agent Enrique Camarena and his pilot. Jesus Felix-Gutierrez, 38, was the last of three defendants to be convicted in an eight-week Los Angeles federal court trial that authorities predicted was "only the beginning" of the U.S. government's efforts to avenge Camarena's death.
September 8, 1988 |
More than three years after the badly beaten bodies of a U.S. drug agent and his pilot were unearthed on a remote Mexican ranch, federal prosecutors have concluded their case against three men accused of helping carry out the murder plot for one of Mexico's most powerful drug organizations. The prosecution rested Wednesday after five weeks of testimony from nearly 80 witnesses linking the killing of drug agent Enrique Camarena to a cadre of narcotics traffickers based in Guadalajara.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 4, 1988
The most intense security seen at the U.S. Courthouse in Los Angeles in recent years has been implemented for the trial of three Mexican nationals charged in the murder of American drug agent Enrique Camarena, officials said. U.S. Marshal Sam Cicchino said security is strengthened for any "high-risk case where there is an outside chance of something happening."