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February 12, 1997 | From Associated Press
The federal prosecutor's office announced Tuesday that it will charge a former president and other senior officials with illegally extraditing a drug trafficker to the United States. Never before has a former Honduran president faced similar charges. The case grew out of the kidnapping, torture and murder of U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency agent Enrique Camarena in Mexico in 1985.
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September 26, 1990
A plea bargain for a Honduran drug kingpin--already convicted in the kidnaping of slain U.S. drug agent Enrique Camarena--failed to materialize Tuesday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 9, 1991 | JOHN H. LEE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A three-time convicted drug trafficker was sentenced Wednesday in federal court to three life sentences for his involvement in the kidnaping of U.S. drug enforcement agent Enrique Camarena, who was murdered in 1985. Juan Ramon Matta Ballesteros, 46, a Honduran national, will serve the concurrent triple life terms in addition to 150-year and 75-year consecutive sentences handed down by Los Angeles federal court judges during the last 17 months.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 30, 1990
A federal judge in Los Angeles on Friday denied convicted drug kingpin Juan Ramon Matta Ballesteros' request to drop charges against him stemming from the 1985 murder of U.S. drug agent Enrique Camarena. Matta was abducted from his Honduras home in April, 1988, by the Honduran military at the behest of U.S. law enforcement. He says that constituted "outrageous government misconduct." Matta claimed that he was tortured en route to the United States, a charge denied by U.S. and Honduran officials.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 12, 1991
A man described as an early cocaine trafficker and one of the most important drug smugglers ever locked up in the United States was sentenced to a life prison term Monday--for the second time. Juan Ramon Matta Ballesteros, 46, of Honduras also was sentenced to 150 years in prison, to be served concurrently with the life sentence, and was fined $350,000 by U.S. District Judge William J. Rea in Los Angeles.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 6, 1990
A Honduran drug kingpin was described by federal prosecutors Friday as a major link between Mexican drug traffickers and South America's cocaine cartels. Juan Ramon Matta Ballesteros, 45, was "one of the large-scale suppliers of cocaine from South America to the United States," U.S. Justice Department prosecutor Kevin Connolly told a federal jury in Los Angeles during opening arguments in Matta's trial. Matta--recently convicted in connection with the kidnaping and torture-murder of a U.S.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 21, 1990
A convicted drug kingpin indicted in the murder of a U.S. drug agent in Mexico testified Friday that he was beaten and tortured with an electronic stun gun by authorities who captured him two years ago. Juan Ramon Matta Ballesteros--whose 1988 arrest in his homeland of Honduras on U.S. drug charges sparked deadly anti-American rioting--testified in federal court that he was beaten in the presence of deputy U.S. marshals and on an airplane from Honduras to Puerto Rico.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 9, 1991 | HENRY WEINSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A wealthy Honduran businessman, whom federal prosecutors consider one of the world's leading drug traffickers, was convicted by a federal court jury Tuesday of running a major cocaine syndicate in California and Arizona. The conviction carries a mandatory life sentence. Juan Ramon Matta Ballesteros, 45, was found guilty on 11 felony counts, including conspiracy to import cocaine, conspiracy to distribute cocaine and engaging in a continuing criminal enterprise.
NEWS
February 12, 1997 | From Associated Press
The federal prosecutor's office announced Tuesday that it will charge a former president and other senior officials with illegally extraditing a drug trafficker to the United States. Never before has a former Honduran president faced similar charges. The case grew out of the kidnapping, torture and murder of U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency agent Enrique Camarena in Mexico in 1985.
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March 19, 1991 | HENRY WEINSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Rejecting defense arguments that there had been misconduct during jury deliberations, a federal judge in Los Angeles on Monday declined to grant a new trial to men convicted in the 1985 kidnaping and murder of U. S. drug agent Enrique Camarena. U. S. District Judge Edward Rafeedie said that allegations by juror William Parris that fellow panel members had ignored his warnings not to read newspapers during the trial lacked credibility.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 12, 1991
A man described as an early cocaine trafficker and one of the most important drug smugglers ever locked up in the United States was sentenced to a life prison term Monday--for the second time. Juan Ramon Matta Ballesteros, 46, of Honduras also was sentenced to 150 years in prison, to be served concurrently with the life sentence, and was fined $350,000 by U.S. District Judge William J. Rea in Los Angeles.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 9, 1991 | HENRY WEINSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A wealthy Honduran businessman, whom federal prosecutors consider one of the world's leading drug traffickers, was convicted by a federal court jury Tuesday of running a major cocaine syndicate in California and Arizona. The conviction carries a mandatory life sentence. Juan Ramon Matta Ballesteros, 45, was found guilty on 11 felony counts, including conspiracy to import cocaine, conspiracy to distribute cocaine and engaging in a continuing criminal enterprise.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 6, 1990
A Honduran drug kingpin was described by federal prosecutors Friday as a major link between Mexican drug traffickers and South America's cocaine cartels. Juan Ramon Matta Ballesteros, 45, was "one of the large-scale suppliers of cocaine from South America to the United States," U.S. Justice Department prosecutor Kevin Connolly told a federal jury in Los Angeles during opening arguments in Matta's trial. Matta--recently convicted in connection with the kidnaping and torture-murder of a U.S.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 26, 1990
A plea bargain for a Honduran drug kingpin--already convicted in the kidnaping of slain U.S. drug agent Enrique Camarena--failed to materialize Tuesday.
NEWS
July 27, 1990 | HENRY WEINSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A federal court jury in Los Angeles on Thursday convicted a Honduran businessman who is reputed to be one of the world's biggest drug kingpins of conspiracy in the 1985 abduction and slaying of U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration Agent Enrique Camarena.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 9, 1991 | JOHN H. LEE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A three-time convicted drug trafficker was sentenced Wednesday in federal court to three life sentences for his involvement in the kidnaping of U.S. drug enforcement agent Enrique Camarena, who was murdered in 1985. Juan Ramon Matta Ballesteros, 46, a Honduran national, will serve the concurrent triple life terms in addition to 150-year and 75-year consecutive sentences handed down by Los Angeles federal court judges during the last 17 months.
NEWS
April 8, 1988 | From Times Wire Services
More than 1,000 students marched on the U.S. Embassy on Thursday and burned 20 automobiles to protest the expulsion to the United States of a reputed drug kingpin before being turned back by gunfire and tear gas. Police said at least one demonstrator was killed but local radio stations put the number of casualties at four dead and two wounded. The privately owned Honduran Radio Nacional and Radio America said at least four people had died from gunshots fired from inside the embassy annex.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 14, 1990 | HENRY WEINSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents seeking "vengeance" for the murder of fellow agent Enrique Camarena used overly zealous tactics in pursuing his killers and ensnared innocent men, defense lawyers charged in closing arguments Friday. "The righteous desire for vengeance does not justify twisting the evidence and convicting by innuendo," said lawyer Mary Kelly, who represents Juan Jose Bernabe Ramirez.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 30, 1990
A federal judge in Los Angeles on Friday denied convicted drug kingpin Juan Ramon Matta Ballesteros' request to drop charges against him stemming from the 1985 murder of U.S. drug agent Enrique Camarena. Matta was abducted from his Honduras home in April, 1988, by the Honduran military at the behest of U.S. law enforcement. He says that constituted "outrageous government misconduct." Matta claimed that he was tortured en route to the United States, a charge denied by U.S. and Honduran officials.
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