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April 17, 2011 | By Richard A. Serrano, Washington Bureau
The house on Knightner Road is small, blue and white, with a stone front porch and a string of Christmas lights still hanging. Here, crack cocaine was sold to drive-up customers a few miles from the state Capitol in Columbia. The one on Pound Road in rural Gaston, just south of Columbia, is a brown-and-white trailer, with a gravel driveway and woods out back. Here, federal law enforcement officers surprised Frediberto Pineda, who had 10 kilos of cocaine worth $350,000 in his possession.
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September 23, 2013 | By Tracy Wilkinson
MEXICO CITY -- In a throwback to the violence that long haunted Mexico's border with the United States, 10 people, including a young girl, were shot to death as they celebrated a baseball game victory near Ciudad Juarez, authorities said Monday. At least one gunman and possibly more burst into the party Sunday evening and opened fire with assault rifles on about 30 people who were marking the tournament win of the Cardinals baseball team, the regional prosecutor's office said. Prosecutors said they did not know the motive behind the massacre.
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WORLD
November 6, 2010 | By Tracy Wilkinson, Los Angeles Times
The kidnapped brother of a former state attorney general who was forced to make a video accusing the official of cartel crimes has been found slain, authorities announced Friday. Eight suspects were arrested in the kidnap-homicide of Mario Gonzalez, brother of Patricia Gonzalez, who until last month was the top prosecutor in Chihuahua, Mexico's most violence-ridden state. The suspects said the killing was ordered by a local police officer working for the Sinaloa cartel. Several of the suspects were paraded before television cameras Friday morning wearing what appeared to be the same camouflage clothes they had worn in a video in which they were seen forcing Mario Gonzalez at gunpoint to "confess.
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April 17, 2011 | By Richard A. Serrano, Washington Bureau
The house on Knightner Road is small, blue and white, with a stone front porch and a string of Christmas lights still hanging. Here, crack cocaine was sold to drive-up customers a few miles from the state Capitol in Columbia. The one on Pound Road in rural Gaston, just south of Columbia, is a brown-and-white trailer, with a gravel driveway and woods out back. Here, federal law enforcement officers surprised Frediberto Pineda, who had 10 kilos of cocaine worth $350,000 in his possession.
NEWS
October 31, 1999 | JAMES F. SMITH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Mexican officials said Saturday that they have arrested a veteran boss of a drug cartel that smuggles Colombian cocaine up Mexico's Pacific Coast into the United States, and thus crippled a major branch of the Juarez cartel. Mariano Herran Salvatti, Mexico's top drug prosecutor, told reporters that agents arrested Juan Jose Quintero Payan, a longtime trafficker, when he arrived at a house in Guadalajara on Friday night for a tryst with his lover.
NEWS
March 10, 1998 | MARY BETH SHERIDAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Officials on Monday announced an offensive to dismantle one of Mexico's main drug-trafficking groups--the Juarez cartel--including dozens of arrest warrants and an offer of big rewards for information leading to the capture of its alleged ringleaders. Authorities said they were using the powers of a new organized-crime law to take on the group, which was headed by Amado Carrillo Fuentes until his death last summer after plastic surgery. The announcement came as some members of the U.S.
WORLD
July 17, 2010 | By Tracy Wilkinson, Los Angeles Times
Four are killed in what officials call a well-planned trap near a federal police headquarters. It appears to be the first time traffickers have used a car bomb since the start of a military-led offensive against drug cartels. Drug traffickers have added a powerful weapon to their arsenal, employing a car packed with nearly 20 pounds of explosives to kill police officers, Mexican authorities said Friday. Four people were killed — including a police officer and a doctor lured to within a few feet of the bomb — in what authorities said was a well-orchestrated trap.
NEWS
February 5, 2000 | MARY BETH SHERIDAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The mayor of Juarez is shocked--shocked!--that his border city is more commonly associated with corpses than corporations. So Mayor Gustavo Elizondo is doing something about it: He has successfully petitioned Mexico's attorney general to change the names of the country's top narcotics mafias. According to a recent directive to Mexican judicial authorities, the Juarez cartel no longer exists.
NATIONAL
May 11, 2010 | By Richard A. Serrano, Tribune Washington Bureau
The former mayor and governor of the popular Mexican resort area of Cancun was extradited to the United States to stand trial on allegations of pocketing millions of dollars in bribes to help a notorious drug cartel move more than 200 tons of cocaine across the border, Justice Department officials announced Monday. Mario Ernesto Villanueva Madrid, dressed in a drab khaki jacket and slacks, was flown late Sunday night aboard a Drug Enforcement Administration jet to New York, where he also is charged with laundering millions of dollars through the now-bankrupt Lehman Bros.
NEWS
December 18, 1999 | MARY BETH SHERIDAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Mexico's attorney general said Friday that a sweeping investigation of suspected mass graves containing victims of drug traffickers is now expected to yield far fewer bodies than originally reported, and he blamed U.S. officials for giving erroneous information. "It was an error. The operation would have gone a lot better without these leaks," Atty. Gen. Jorge Madrazo Cuellar told the Los Angeles Times in an interview.
OPINION
December 5, 2010
Mexico's law enforcement agencies have been on a roll, rounding up formerly invincible leaders of vicious drug cartels in a series of high-profile arrests. In August, federal police arrested U.S.-born kingpin Edgar Valdez Villarreal, known as "La Barbie," who headed a gang battling for control of a drug cartel in a region south of Mexico City. Late last month, the police also arrested Valdez' successor, who happened to be his father-in-law. Then, in the border city of Ciudad Juarez, they captured Arturo Gallegos Castrellon, the leader of the Aztecas, a gang of thugs and assassins affiliated with the Juarez cartel.
WORLD
November 6, 2010 | By Tracy Wilkinson, Los Angeles Times
The kidnapped brother of a former state attorney general who was forced to make a video accusing the official of cartel crimes has been found slain, authorities announced Friday. Eight suspects were arrested in the kidnap-homicide of Mario Gonzalez, brother of Patricia Gonzalez, who until last month was the top prosecutor in Chihuahua, Mexico's most violence-ridden state. The suspects said the killing was ordered by a local police officer working for the Sinaloa cartel. Several of the suspects were paraded before television cameras Friday morning wearing what appeared to be the same camouflage clothes they had worn in a video in which they were seen forcing Mario Gonzalez at gunpoint to "confess.
WORLD
July 17, 2010 | By Tracy Wilkinson, Los Angeles Times
Four are killed in what officials call a well-planned trap near a federal police headquarters. It appears to be the first time traffickers have used a car bomb since the start of a military-led offensive against drug cartels. Drug traffickers have added a powerful weapon to their arsenal, employing a car packed with nearly 20 pounds of explosives to kill police officers, Mexican authorities said Friday. Four people were killed — including a police officer and a doctor lured to within a few feet of the bomb — in what authorities said was a well-orchestrated trap.
WORLD
July 3, 2010 | By Ken Ellingwood, Los Angeles Times
Mexican authorities said Friday they have arrested the leader of a Ciudad Juarez street gang who they say ordered the killing of a U.S. consular worker in the border town in March. Federal police said Jesus Ernesto Chavez told them that consular employee Lesley A. Enriquez, 35, was targeted because she was providing visas to rivals. Police said Chavez, 41, also confessed to having taken part in a January shooting attack on a party that killed 15 people, mostly teenagers, and raised an outcry in Mexico over the runaway violence that has made Ciudad Juarez the deadliest city in the nation.
NATIONAL
May 11, 2010 | By Richard A. Serrano, Tribune Washington Bureau
The former mayor and governor of the popular Mexican resort area of Cancun was extradited to the United States to stand trial on allegations of pocketing millions of dollars in bribes to help a notorious drug cartel move more than 200 tons of cocaine across the border, Justice Department officials announced Monday. Mario Ernesto Villanueva Madrid, dressed in a drab khaki jacket and slacks, was flown late Sunday night aboard a Drug Enforcement Administration jet to New York, where he also is charged with laundering millions of dollars through the now-bankrupt Lehman Bros.
OPINION
March 17, 2010
The decomposing bodies of a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent and his pilot are discovered wrapped in plastic bags at a ranch about 60 miles from the Guadalajara streets where they were kidnapped by the cartel controlling drug trafficking in central Mexico. The agent's corpse bears traces of the drugs a doctor administered to keep him alive during some 30 hours of interrogation, as his torturers crushed his jaw, ribs and windpipe, and drilled a hole into his skull. "We are in a war and cannot accept that Enrique Camarena died in vain," the U.S. ambassador says.
WORLD
September 23, 2013 | By Tracy Wilkinson
MEXICO CITY -- In a throwback to the violence that long haunted Mexico's border with the United States, 10 people, including a young girl, were shot to death as they celebrated a baseball game victory near Ciudad Juarez, authorities said Monday. At least one gunman and possibly more burst into the party Sunday evening and opened fire with assault rifles on about 30 people who were marking the tournament win of the Cardinals baseball team, the regional prosecutor's office said. Prosecutors said they did not know the motive behind the massacre.
OPINION
March 17, 2010
The decomposing bodies of a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent and his pilot are discovered wrapped in plastic bags at a ranch about 60 miles from the Guadalajara streets where they were kidnapped by the cartel controlling drug trafficking in central Mexico. The agent's corpse bears traces of the drugs a doctor administered to keep him alive during some 30 hours of interrogation, as his torturers crushed his jaw, ribs and windpipe, and drilled a hole into his skull. "We are in a war and cannot accept that Enrique Camarena died in vain," the U.S. ambassador says.
WORLD
April 3, 2009 | Ken Ellingwood
Mexican authorities on Thursday announced the capture of Vicente Carrillo Leyva, a suspected top leader of a family-run drug gang based in Ciudad Juarez and one of the country's most wanted figures. Federal law enforcement officials said Carrillo Leyva, the 32-year-old son of deceased drug kingpin Amado Carrillo Fuentes, was arrested Wednesday while exercising in a wealthy neighborhood of Mexico City. The younger Carrillo was listed among the country's 24 most wanted drug suspects last week when the federal government offered $2-million rewards for each.
WORLD
July 5, 2005 | Marla Dickerson, Times Staff Writer
Mexican authorities said Monday that they thought they had arrested the leader of the Juarez drug cartel, but later said tests showed it was a case of mistaken identity. The determination that the detained man was not Vicente Carrillo Fuentes dashed hopes of a rare instance of good news for Mexico's anti-narcotics forces amid an upsurge of violence. It was also the second high-profile error in the last two weeks.
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