November 4, 2000 |
Mexican authorities said Friday that they had captured one of the leaders of the Gulf drug cartel, striking another blow against what was once one of Mexico's most powerful crime organizations. Authorities arrested Hugo Baldomero Medina Garza on Wednesday, sources confirmed Friday. He was detained on charges of drug trafficking, money laundering and illegal possession of arms. Medina Garza inherited his position in the Gulf cartel from Juan Garcia Abrego, authorities said.
March 2, 1997 |
In the latest in a series of embarrassments in Mexico's struggle to battle its powerful narcotics cartels, two federal agents were under arrest Saturday after the brother of convicted drug kingpin Juan Garcia Abrego "inexplicably" walked out of a federal police lockup.
November 22, 1994 |
An American Express Co. subsidiary has reached a $50-million settlement with the government that prosecutors said includes the biggest civil fine ever assessed against a U.S. bank for money laundering. The settlement with American Express Bank International, which provides banking services to overseas clients of American Express Bank, stemmed from an investigation of a Mexican drug ring that allegedly smuggles hundreds of tons of Colombian cocaine a year into the United States.
September 25, 1997 |
Relying on measures usually reserved for international terrorists, the U.S. government offered a reward of more than $2 million Wednesday for the capture of Ramon Arellano Felix, an alleged leader of the violent Tijuana drug cartel, and placed him on the FBI's Most Wanted list. Officials said his apprehension and extradition to Southern California, where he is wanted on drug conspiracy charges, would buttress what they said is growing trust and cooperation between U.S. and Mexican authorities.
August 30, 2009 |
A Mexican lawyer who has represented some of the country's best-known drug suspects was shot dead outside his home, authorities said Saturday. Americo Delgado was ambushed Friday evening by at least three men in the city of Toluca, an hour of so outside Mexico City, police said. Authorities did not identify a possible motive. Over the years, Delgado, said to be 81, has represented a number of prominent drug figures, including Tijuana crime boss Benjamin Arellano Felix and Jesus Amezcua, one of the so-called "methamphetamines kings."
May 18, 1991 |
A battle between drug smugglers inside a federal prison escalated into a riot Friday night that left at least 15 people dead, U.S. officials in Texas said. The Excelsior news agency in Mexico City said at least 13 people were killed and 11 injured in what it described as a shootout between two gangs of prisoners armed with everything from machine guns to knives. It said bodies littered the entrance to the prison after the riot that started about 6:30 p.m.
October 9, 1994 |
Once again, the assassination of a politician is raising troubling questions about the power and influence of Mexico's drug cartels in the country's politics. In August, a for mer deputy to the Mexican attorney general warned that drug traffickers have forged links with prominent members of the government and police and may have been behind the assassination of presidential candidate Luis Donaldo Colosio.
March 15, 2003 |
Soldiers from the Mexican military seized reputed narcotics kingpin Osiel Cardenas in a wild shootout near the Texas border Friday, striking a blow at one of this nation's most brazen drug cartels. At least three soldiers were injured in the firefight that raged for more than an hour on the streets of Matamoros, a gritty industrial city across the border from Brownsville, Texas.
October 17, 1995 |
They call him "The Eraser," and testimony in a U.S. federal court indicates that Jose Adolfo de la Garza was in charge of hit squads that for years eliminated the enemies and competitors of alleged Gulf cartel leader Juan Garcia Abrego. On Monday, De la Garza was in prison in Mexico City, charged with serving as Garcia Abrego's fifth-ranking lieutenant and one of his key links to Colombia's drug cartels, which the U.S.
February 18, 1997 |
Former President Carlos Salinas de Gortari threatened Monday to sue or seek criminal charges against anyone who accuses him or his family of being linked to drug lords. Such accusations, described by Salinas' lawyer, Mariano Albor, as "an ambush," appeared in the Mexican press over the weekend. The reports were sketchy and did not identify the source of most of the claims. Members of the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, rallied to the former president's defense.