February 1, 1997 |
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.
November 30, 1995 |
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.
January 20, 1996 |
In the days since the dramatic arrest and expulsion of North America's most-wanted accused drug trafficker, Juan Garcia Abrego, just 15 pounds of cocaine have been confiscated throughout Mexico. Two days after Garcia Abrego's capture by 15 drug agents outside Monterrey, 50 heavily armed officers tried to capture a wanted mid-level drug dealer inside the city. But the dealer escaped in a blizzard of gunfire. And just 72 hours after Garcia Abrego's arrest, which U.S. Atty. Gen.
September 18, 1996 |
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.
May 4, 1993 |
One of Mexico's top mafia chiefs, Emilio Quintero Payan, was shot to death by police in a suburban shopping center on the outskirts of Mexico City, U.S. and Mexican officials confirmed Monday. Quintero Payan, who allegedly ran heroin, cocaine and marijuana smuggling operations from his home state of Sinaloa, was killed Thursday, a day after the former attorney general of Sinaloa was gunned down in a Mexico City park. Officials are still investigating what seem to be links between the two cases.
January 18, 1996 |
An alleged drug lord deported to the United States by Mexico because of his U.S. citizenship may not be a citizen after all, officials said. Leticia Ramirez of the Cameron County clerk's office in Brownsville, Texas, said Juan Garcia Abrego had obtained a Texas birth certificate in 1965, nearly 20 years after his birth, but that the state voided the certificate in 1993 for reasons that are not clear. The issue raises questions about the legality of Garcia Abrego's deportation Monday.
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January 17, 1996
Last March, Juan Garcia Abrego was put on the FBI's 10 Most Wanted list. Last Sunday the reputed drug kingpin was arrested near Monterrey, Mexico, by Mexican drug agents, and Tuesday morning he awoke in a Houston jail cell after being handed over to the United States. That quick sequence is a fine example of international cooperation in the war against drug smugglers.
September 2, 1994 |
The attorney general's office Thursday played down allegations by a former justice official that the assassination of a presidential candidate in March may have been entangled in a web of drugs and politics. In a statement responding to testimony given by Eduardo Valle Espinosa to Mexican authorities last month at a closed-door hearing in Washington, the office of Atty. Gen. Humberto Benitez Trevino said Valle had provided no proof of his key allegations.
January 19, 1996 |
The Thai government flew a former member of parliament to San Francisco on Thursday to face drug charges, setting a precedent for extraditing nearly a dozen other alleged drug barons linked to the Golden Triangle heroin trade. Thanong Siriprichapong is the first Thai national sent to the United States under a Thai-U.S. extradition treaty--and the second suspected drug lord flown to the U.S. this week, following Monday's extradition by Mexico of alleged cocaine kingpin Juan Garcia Abrego.
April 29, 1997 |
A federal judge has ruled that the U.S. government is entitled to keep all $9 million it seized from a Texas bank account once held by former Mexican Deputy Atty. Gen. Mario Ruiz Massieu because the money came from drug-trafficking bribes. The decision, unveiled in court documents Monday, reverses a March jury verdict in which Ruiz Massieu was allowed to retain $1.1 million of the cash. U.S.