February 20, 1997 |
The army general who served as Mexico's anti-narcotics czar was jailed Wednesday on drug corruption charges, even as President Ernesto Zedillo launched a damage-control effort in the shellshocked armed forces, seeking to boost their image and preserve their expanding role in the U.S.-Mexican war on the multibillion-dollar narcotics trade. Zedillo, using an Army Day celebration as the stage, told thousands of officers and soldiers that the arrest of Gen.
February 19, 1997 |
Mexico's top counter-narcotics official was fired Tuesday after just 11 weeks on the job and accused of collaborating with the nation's top drug-trafficking cartel, striking a major blow to Mexico's promised crackdown on the multibillion-dollar cross-border drug trade. Career army Gen.
February 22, 1997 |
The Mexican government told the United States nothing of its suspicions about Mexico's anti-drug czar Jesus Gutierrez Rebollo until enough evidence was amassed to show that he had collaborated with drug traffickers for years, Foreign Minister Jose Angel Gurria conceded Friday. "If we had suggested something was afoot," then found the suspicions unfounded, Gurria told a news conference in Washington, "then we would have impaired and compromised our chief law enforcers."
April 28, 1997 |
Two federal agents who disappeared while tracking Mexico's most-wanted suspected cocaine baron have turned up dead in the trunk of a stolen car, authorities said Sunday. As Mexican law enforcement turns up the heat on alleged drug kingpins such as Amado Carrillo Fuentes, the drug traffickers are fighting back. And the list of slain Mexican drug agents is growing.
January 7, 1997 |
Mexican federal police and army agents seized three Lear jets, thousands of dollars in cash and more than two dozen suspected drug traffickers--including uniformed police officers--in a major blow to Mexico's most powerful drug cartel, authorities said Monday. The Mexican attorney general's office said it linked the jets and the 25 detained pilots, passengers and police officers--some of whom are federal agents--to the Juarez drug-trafficking cartel.
December 5, 1996 |
The private jet appeared as a blip on military radar moments before it crash-landed in the mountains near Guadalajara in June 1995. But that radar speck started one of the most successful Mexican military operations in the war on powerful drug mafias that supply up to three-fourths of the cocaine sold in the United States. Gen.