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January 16, 1996 | MARK FINEMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Mexican drug agents arrested America's most-wanted accused narcotics trafficker and deported him Monday to Houston, where the Texas native faces charges of heading a vast criminal enterprise that has brought billions of dollars worth of marijuana and cocaine into the United States. Juan Garcia Abrego's arrest Sunday night by Mexican counter-narcotics police at a ranch outside the northern industrial city of Monterrey ended one of the most intensive manhunts ever by U.S. and Mexican drug agents.
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August 10, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
A Mexican lawyer known for defending high-profile drug-trafficking suspects was shot to death at a street market in the northern city of Monterrey. A Monterrey police official who was not authorized to be quoted by name said lawyer Silvia Raquenel Villanueva was killed by gunfire. Nobody else was hurt in the shooting at the normally crowded Pulga Rio market, suggesting an execution-style attack. The official said there was no immediate information on the possible motive or identity of the killers.
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NEWS
October 17, 1996 | MARK FINEMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Juan Garcia Abrego, who headed one of Mexico's largest and most ruthless narcotics cartels, was convicted Wednesday of smuggling more than $1 billion worth of cocaine and marijuana into the United States.
NEWS
August 21, 2001 | JAMES F. SMITH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In just one bust, Mexican police seized 15 suitcases full of nearly $13 million in U.S. money and jewelry, more than all the loot captured in a much-vaunted joint U.S.-Mexican anti-drug operation that culminated earlier this year, officials say. Local police in a suburb of the northern city of Monterrey last week responded to reports that a family was "scandalizing" the neighborhood with gunshots and shouting, according to a federal police statement issued Sunday.
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August 10, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
A Mexican lawyer known for defending high-profile drug-trafficking suspects was shot to death at a street market in the northern city of Monterrey. A Monterrey police official who was not authorized to be quoted by name said lawyer Silvia Raquenel Villanueva was killed by gunfire. Nobody else was hurt in the shooting at the normally crowded Pulga Rio market, suggesting an execution-style attack. The official said there was no immediate information on the possible motive or identity of the killers.
NEWS
September 4, 1995 | MARK FINEMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the heady 1980s, when witnesses say Juan Garcia Abrego started moving more than a ton of cocaine to U.S. cities every month and millions of dollars in cash back to his base in Mexico, he made a critical decision. He needed more protection. Already, court documents indicate, Garcia Abrego's powerful Gulf cartel was shelling out millions of dollars in bribes from its booming cocaine sales in the United States to key Mexican police commanders, politicians and prosecutors.
NEWS
February 13, 1993 | JUANITA DARLING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Authorities have seized ranches, houses and a trucking business that belong to a Federal Judicial Police commandant with suspected ties to drug dealers, the Federal Prosecutor's office announced Friday.
NEWS
March 9, 1995 | DOYLE McMANUS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Atty. Gen. Janet Reno plans to announce today a new offensive against drug smuggling through Mexico and will dramatize the move by putting Mexico's most notorious accused cocaine trafficker on the FBI's Most Wanted List, officials said Wednesday. American and Mexican officials have described the suspect, Juan Garcia Abrego, as the kingpin of Mexico's Gulf Cartel based in the northeastern border city of Matamoros.
NEWS
January 17, 1996 | MARK FINEMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Mexican prosecutors vowed Tuesday to intensify the war on the nation's powerful narcotics cartels and the hunt for their chieftains, conceding that Monday's swift deportation of accused drug lord Juan Garcia Abrego could leave a power vacuum that would strengthen other Mexican drug mafias. "We are making our best effort to combat not just one of the cartels but all at the same time," said Deputy Atty. Gen. Manuel Galan.
NEWS
February 17, 1997 | MARK FINEMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
U.S. investigators tracing more than $9 million they seized from the Texas bank accounts of a former Mexican deputy attorney general in 1995 have linked him and the family of former President Carlos Salinas de Gortari to a Mexican drug trafficker, a Mexico City magazine reported Sunday. The muckraking news weekly Proceso said it based its report on official U.S. government documents detailing witnesses' testimony in a U.S. civil case pending in Houston against former Deputy Atty. Gen.
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February 17, 1997 | MARK FINEMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
U.S. investigators tracing more than $9 million they seized from the Texas bank accounts of a former Mexican deputy attorney general in 1995 have linked him and the family of former President Carlos Salinas de Gortari to a Mexican drug trafficker, a Mexico City magazine reported Sunday. The muckraking news weekly Proceso said it based its report on official U.S. government documents detailing witnesses' testimony in a U.S. civil case pending in Houston against former Deputy Atty. Gen.
NEWS
February 1, 1997 | MARK FINEMAN and LIANNE HART, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A federal judge on Friday sentenced drug lord Juan Garcia Abrego to serve 11 life terms and ordered him to pay fines totaling more than $128 million, ending one of the most ambitious and costly joint U.S.-Mexican efforts to dismantle a major Mexican narcotics cartel. Those penalties, along with an order permitting the U.S.
NEWS
October 20, 1996 | MARK FINEMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Reflecting on last week's guilty verdict against the drug lord who has both tantalized and terrorized this gritty border town, Virginia Castillo thought immediately of Norma Moreno. Castillo and Moreno were reporters in Matamoros when Juan Garcia Abrego, a cookie-factory worker turned drug dealer, was building the foundation here for what became his multibillion-dollar smuggling cartel.
NEWS
October 17, 1996 | MARK FINEMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Juan Garcia Abrego, who headed one of Mexico's largest and most ruthless narcotics cartels, was convicted Wednesday of smuggling more than $1 billion worth of cocaine and marijuana into the United States.
NEWS
September 18, 1996 | MARK FINEMAN and LIANNE HART, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Promising to deliver "the quintessential profile of a major drug profiteer," a federal prosecutor said Tuesday that the U.S. government will detail how Juan Garcia Abrego used corruption and money laundering on both sides of the U.S.-Mexican border to build a multibillion-dollar drug empire. "This case is about drugs, drugs and more drugs," Assistant U.S. Atty. Melissa Annis told a 12-member federal jury in opening the U.S.
NEWS
January 17, 1996 | MARK FINEMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Mexican prosecutors vowed Tuesday to intensify the war on the nation's powerful narcotics cartels and the hunt for their chieftains, conceding that Monday's swift deportation of accused drug lord Juan Garcia Abrego could leave a power vacuum that would strengthen other Mexican drug mafias. "We are making our best effort to combat not just one of the cartels but all at the same time," said Deputy Atty. Gen. Manuel Galan.
NEWS
August 21, 2001 | JAMES F. SMITH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In just one bust, Mexican police seized 15 suitcases full of nearly $13 million in U.S. money and jewelry, more than all the loot captured in a much-vaunted joint U.S.-Mexican anti-drug operation that culminated earlier this year, officials say. Local police in a suburb of the northern city of Monterrey last week responded to reports that a family was "scandalizing" the neighborhood with gunshots and shouting, according to a federal police statement issued Sunday.
NEWS
February 1, 1997 | MARK FINEMAN and LIANNE HART, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A federal judge on Friday sentenced drug lord Juan Garcia Abrego to serve 11 life terms and ordered him to pay fines totaling more than $128 million, ending one of the most ambitious and costly joint U.S.-Mexican efforts to dismantle a major Mexican narcotics cartel. Those penalties, along with an order permitting the U.S.
NEWS
January 16, 1996 | MARK FINEMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Mexican drug agents arrested America's most-wanted accused narcotics trafficker and deported him Monday to Houston, where the Texas native faces charges of heading a vast criminal enterprise that has brought billions of dollars worth of marijuana and cocaine into the United States. Juan Garcia Abrego's arrest Sunday night by Mexican counter-narcotics police at a ranch outside the northern industrial city of Monterrey ended one of the most intensive manhunts ever by U.S. and Mexican drug agents.
NEWS
November 30, 1995 | MARK FINEMAN and SEBASTIAN ROTELLA, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
On a government salary that peaked at $70,000 a year, Raul Salinas de Gortari moved millions of dollars through more than 40 bank accounts in Mexico City, federal auditors here say. They also say he purchased six houses, 13 condominiums and 20 parcels of land throughout the country and opened a series of bank accounts under false names in Switzerland and elsewhere in Europe during his decade in public office. Mexican, U.S.
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