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.
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.
December 12, 1996 |
Top U.S. and Mexican counter-narcotics officials agreed Wednesday to expand intelligence-sharing, joint operations and the delivery of sophisticated American high technology in the battle against the multibillion-dollar cross-border drug trade. They made their decisions at a two-day session led by Mexican Foreign Secretary Jose Angel Gurria Trevino and Clinton administration anti-drug czar Gen. Barry R. McCaffrey.
December 15, 1996 |
In the six months since President Ernesto Zedillo appointed a tough army general to crack down on corruption and incompetence in Mexico City's civilian police force, crime actually increased 10% over the record levels of the same period last year, official statistics show. And although the murder rate was down 13.8%, violent crime overall was up 8.