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April 30, 1994 | SEBASTIAN ROTELLA and CHRIS KRAUL, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Police on Friday arrested seven suspects in the assassination of the city's reformist police chief as investigators tried to determine whether his ambush was related to the murder last month of a presidential candidate or to escalating drug wars along the border. Police said Jose Federico Benitez Lopez, 42, director of the Tijuana municipal police, and his bodyguard were cut down by gunfire from two four-wheel-drive vehicles Thursday night along a busy Tijuana thoroughfare.
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April 30, 1994 | SEBASTIAN ROTELLA and CHRIS KRAUL, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Police on Friday arrested seven suspects in the assassination of the city's reformist police chief as investigators tried to determine whether his ambush was related to the murder last month of a presidential candidate or to escalating drug wars along the border. Police said Jose Federico Benitez Lopez, 42, director of the Tijuana municipal police, and his bodyguard were cut down by gunfire from two four-wheel-drive vehicles Thursday night along a busy Tijuana thoroughfare.
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May 3, 1994 | SEBASTIAN ROTELLA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The mayor said Monday that he will ask Mexican federal police to join the investigation of last week's assassination of the city's police chief, which he said appears to be the work of organized crime. At an emergency meeting in which the City Council approved the designation of a former judge as the new chief of police, Mayor Hector Osuna Jaime said there has been little progress in the murder of Jose Federico Benitez Lopez and his bodyguard during a highway ambush Thursday night.
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May 1, 1994 | SEBASTIAN ROTELLA and CHRIS KRAUL, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
This violence-torn city Saturday mourned its fallen police chief, a newcomer to police work whose defiance of government corruption and organized crime may have led to his death. Top Baja California officials and representatives of U.S. law enforcement attended services for Jose Federico Benitez Lopez, who was gunned down along with his bodyguard in a highway ambush Thursday night.
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August 6, 1995 | ERNEST SANDER, ASSOCIATED PRESS
Oscar cuts a dashing figure, muscles stretching his police blues and Ray Bans shading his eyes. The six-year police veteran also shows the problems Tijuana leaders face in cleaning up the force's image. Crossing the line into illicit behavior is a matter of self-preservation for the border city's cops, Oscar says. Money worries from low pay have led Oscar to extort bribes from drivers who want to avoid traffic tickets.
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September 19, 1998 | PATRICK McDONNELL and KEN ELLINGWOOD and HECTOR TOBAR, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The principal target of the massacre that left 18 people dead just outside this Baja California resort was a known drug gang leader, and the killings were probably the result of a feud between drug traffickers, Mexican officials said Friday. Fermin Castro, also known to authorities as "the Ice Man," was critically wounded in Thursday's predawn attack, in which Castro and 20 members of his extended family, including eight children, were dragged from their beds and shot execution-style.
NEWS
October 28, 1994 | SEBASTIAN ROTELLA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A few weeks before his murder, the city police chief received a chilling overture from the Tijuana drug cartel: We want to talk to you. Chief Jose Federico Benitez Lopez, a lanky, bespectacled reformer, met secretly at a restaurant with Ismael (El Mayel) Higuera Guerrero, acting boss of the cartel run by the Arellano brothers, according to Mexican and U.S. government officials familiar with the case.
NEWS
May 3, 1993 | JOSH MEYER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It will never bring his only baby brother back. But Joe Amado wants the world to hear about his death in a squalid jail cell in this resort town, and the tales of other border hoppers who say they were tortured by the Mexican police.
NEWS
May 1, 1994 | SEBASTIAN ROTELLA and JUANITA DARLING, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Like a Mexican political mural of old, the official account of the assassination of presidential candidate Luis Donaldo Colosio presents a dramatic picture of a group of conspirators surrounding and killing Colosio at a campaign rally here. That version does not go beyond the surface, however: Authorities have not said anything about the motives and masterminds behind the crime, and the evidence they have made public consists mainly of indistinct videotapes.
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