January 16, 1985 |
A federal grand jury has indicted 26 persons in a $100-million, coast-to-coast drug trafficking ring that allegedly laundered its profits through Oriental rug and gem businesses in several states, including California, federal authorities announced Tuesday. Since 1974, the indictment charged, the ring has distributed almost 300 tons of marijuana and hashish from Colombia, Mexico and Lebanon throughout the United States.
January 30, 2005 |
A man suspected of killing a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration operative a decade ago was extradited from Mexico after a long legal battle, U.S. officials said Saturday. Richard Fass was shot in 1994 while working undercover in Arizona. The DEA said Agustin Vasquez-Mendoza and others killed Fass to rob him of $160,000 that they believed was for the purchase of methamphetamine. "I would like to thank the government of Mexico, in particular Atty. Gen.
August 5, 2003
Suzanne Pfeil suffers severe pain and muscle spasms from post-polio syndrome. One fall day last year, Pfeil, now 44, awoke to find federal agents pointing automatic weapons. They were raiding her Santa Cruz assisted-living facility, which is a provider of medical marijuana under a measure that the state's voters passed in 1996. It's the sort of armed raid that California could soon see more of, with the confirmation of Karen P.
September 25, 2007 |
sacramento -- Pushing to stem underground steroid trafficking in advance of the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, federal authorities announced on Monday the seizure of more than 50 home-based labs as part of an international crackdown on performance-enhancing drugs imported from China. The investigation was the largest steroid enforcement action in U.S. history and it culminated in 124 arrests on U.S. soil, including more than a dozen California indictments, authorities said.
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September 18, 2007 |
SAN DIEGO -- Mexican gangster Francisco Javier Arellano Felix, the alleged boss of a family-run drug cartel thought to be responsible for scores of murders in Mexico and the U.S., pleaded guilty Monday to charges that will put him in prison for life without the possibility of parole. Arellano Felix, who appeared wan and submissive, pleaded guilty to running a drug organization and money laundering. In exchange, federal prosecutors agreed to drop other charges and not seek the death penalty.
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November 6, 2007 |
SAN DIEGO -- A onetime leader of Mexico's notorious Arellano Felix narcotics organization asked for forgiveness in a courtroom here Monday as he was sentenced to life in prison for running what was once one of the world's most successful and violent drug cartels. "I am very remorseful and personally accept responsibility for my actions," Francisco Javier Arellano Felix said in a letter read aloud by his lawyer. "If I had the power to change and undo the things that I have done, I would."