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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 20, 2013 | Tracy Wilkinson
Handpicked for the job by the Mexican president, praised by the U.S. government for his honesty, army Gen. Jose de Jesus Gutierrez Rebollo seemed the perfect man to serve as drug czar. But barely 11 weeks into the job, Gutierrez Rebollo was fired in February 1997 and later convicted of working for a cartel he was tasked to fight. To this day, the Gutierrez Rebollo case remains a prime example of the extent to which drug corruption can permeate Mexico's most important institutions.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 20, 2013 | Tracy Wilkinson
Handpicked for the job by the Mexican president, praised by the U.S. government for his honesty, army Gen. Jose de Jesus Gutierrez Rebollo seemed the perfect man to serve as drug czar. But barely 11 weeks into the job, Gutierrez Rebollo was fired in February 1997 and later convicted of working for a cartel he was tasked to fight. To this day, the Gutierrez Rebollo case remains a prime example of the extent to which drug corruption can permeate Mexico's most important institutions.
WORLD
June 23, 2011 | By Tracy Wilkinson
Shackled in chains, he grimaced in apparent pain as he heaved his hefty body from the back of a police van. Jose de Jesus "El Chango" Mendez was paraded before reporters Wednesday, a day after the reputed drug lord was captured by federal police. Authorities identify Mendez as the reigning leader of the notorious La Familia cartel, and his capture — with nary a shot fired, officials say — is a coup for the besieged government of President Felipe Calderon, whose drug war has claimed nearly 40,000 lives in 4 1/2 years.
WORLD
June 23, 2011 | By Tracy Wilkinson
Shackled in chains, he grimaced in apparent pain as he heaved his hefty body from the back of a police van. Jose de Jesus "El Chango" Mendez was paraded before reporters Wednesday, a day after the reputed drug lord was captured by federal police. Authorities identify Mendez as the reigning leader of the notorious La Familia cartel, and his capture — with nary a shot fired, officials say — is a coup for the besieged government of President Felipe Calderon, whose drug war has claimed nearly 40,000 lives in 4 1/2 years.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 6, 2004 | Richard Marosi, Times Staff Writer
A life capsized has stranded Jose de Jesus Torres atop these craggy cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Waves crash and dolphins dance as this modern-day cliff dweller waits for another opportunity to cross the U.S. border. Torres spends his days slinging a fishing line into the frothy sea. His friend, Orlando Bernal, sits on a rock reading a dogeared Bible. Walking atop a 30-foot wall of rocks and sand on a recent day, Torres pointed to a desolate beach far below.
WORLD
June 22, 2011 | By Tracy Wilkinson, Los Angeles Times
A top leader of the notorious La Familia drug-trafficking gang, locked in an especially deadly internal fight in recent months, has been captured by Mexican federal police, authorities announced Tuesday. Jose de Jesus Mendez, alias "El Chango," one of Mexico's most-wanted drug lords, was taken into custody in the central Mexican state of Aguascalientes, apparently without a struggle, authorities said. Mendez led a faction of La Familia, the ruthless and sometimes cult-like network that authorities say specializes in producing and shipping methamphetamine to the United States.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 22, 1989
"It's the first time he's ever heard anything." --Dr. Jack Pulec, after physicians in Los Angeles completed an operation on the inner ear of 10-year-old Jose de Jesus Aguilar, a deaf mute who until recently lived among the hundreds of young beggars and street urchins who roam the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez.
WORLD
July 21, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Two police officers were gunned down on their way to work in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, bringing to five the number of officers slain in the violent border city in four days. Ricardo Uvalle Escobedo and Jose de Jesus Morin Salinas were killed by unidentified assailants in separate incidents, investigator Oscar Sepulveda said. Numerous spent Kalashnikov rifle shells were found near the vehicles of both officers, Sepulveda said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 25, 1997
Re James G. Shaw's Feb. 19 letter: Shaw asserts that Anthony Lake is not qualified to serve as head of the CIA because he played political games, participated in subterfuge and concealed information from oversight. Am I missing something? It strikes me that if what Shaw says is accurate, Lake is utterly suited to lead the CIA. He will fit right in. RONALD RUBIN Topanga Caption: Jose de Jesus Gutierrez Rebollo.
WORLD
June 22, 2011 | By Tracy Wilkinson, Los Angeles Times
A top leader of the notorious La Familia drug-trafficking gang, locked in an especially deadly internal fight in recent months, has been captured by Mexican federal police, authorities announced Tuesday. Jose de Jesus Mendez, alias "El Chango," one of Mexico's most-wanted drug lords, was taken into custody in the central Mexican state of Aguascalientes, apparently without a struggle, authorities said. Mendez led a faction of La Familia, the ruthless and sometimes cult-like network that authorities say specializes in producing and shipping methamphetamine to the United States.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 6, 2004 | Richard Marosi, Times Staff Writer
A life capsized has stranded Jose de Jesus Torres atop these craggy cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Waves crash and dolphins dance as this modern-day cliff dweller waits for another opportunity to cross the U.S. border. Torres spends his days slinging a fishing line into the frothy sea. His friend, Orlando Bernal, sits on a rock reading a dogeared Bible. Walking atop a 30-foot wall of rocks and sand on a recent day, Torres pointed to a desolate beach far below.
NEWS
March 24, 2000 | Associated Press
Three men have been arrested for allegedly stealing 75 vehicles from San Diego's Lindbergh Field. The vehicles stolen over the past year were used in crimes at the U.S.-Mexico border, including smuggling undocumented immigrants, the Port of San Diego said in a news release Thursday. The men were identified as Javier Ruiz Perez, 29, Arturo Loza-Arteaga, 35, and Jose DeJesus Loza-Arteaga, 31, all of Tijuana.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 4, 1997
If, as you report (Feb. 21), Washington's anti-drug establishment shared sensitive details of U.S. drug interdiction strategy with Mexican Drug Czar Jose de Jesus Gutierrez Rebollo, the implications of his recent arrest are clear: Personalities and best intentions aside, the U.S. government was, in effect, pooling information and working hand in hand with foreign drug cartels. That the drug war has deeply corrupted Latin American governments is beyond question. But what's in store for us?
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