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February 24, 2007 | William C. Rempel, Times Staff Writer
THE official end of the notorious Cali cocaine cartel came late last year here with little more commotion than the rap of a judge's gavel. The Colombian drug lords Miguel Rodriguez Orejuela, 63, and Gilberto Rodriguez Orejuela, 67, entered guilty pleas and were ushered off to federal prison for the next 30 years -- no Miami Vice-like dramatics, no bodies riddled with gunfire in the manner of Medellin rival Pablo Escobar.
August 23, 1987 | Wm\f7 . K. Knoedelseder Jr.
A recent two-page, full-color ad in Daily Variety proclaimed that Sonny Gibson and Reparatta Mazzola will star in a new movie called "Dark Before Dawn." This is the same team that once tried to raise money for a movie version of "Mafia Kingpin"--the 1981 book (from Grosset & Dunlap) by ex-convict-turned-actor-and-author Gibson. Mazzola co-authored and was president of Kingpin Productions, which attempted to make the movie.
Federal officials have arrested a man they accuse of being the mentor and principal financier of imprisoned drug kingpin Miguel Angel Felix Gallardo during the drug lord's two years in prison. Baltazar Diaz Vega, 40, was arrested Tuesday at his home in Culiacan, a city in northwestern Mexico known as a drug center and Felix Gallardo's home base. Diaz Vega has played a key role in Colombian-Mexican-U.S.
December 10, 1989 | Reuters
A laundry owner, alledged to be the kingpin of a drug syndicate that that had shipped heroin worth more than $1.7 billion to the United States, was in custody Friday pending extradition proceedings. Law Kin-man, 34, is the seventh alleged member of the syndicate to be detained in the British colony. A prosecutor told magistrate's court a formal extradition request was expected from the United States withing the next two months.
August 24, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A suspected drug kingpin has been arrested as part of a sweeping sting by federal drug agents and Placentia police, authorities said Thursday. Pablo Perfecto, 36, of Yorba Linda was ordered held on $5-million bail Wednesday after investigators searched 11 homes in Fullerton, Orange, Placentia and Yorba Linda. They confiscated more than 7 1/2 pounds of cocaine and 2 pounds of methamphetamine. Perfecto was among more than a dozen suspects arrested in an alleged drug distribution conspiracy.
January 6, 1989
Gunmen in Colombia who reportedly kidnaped two U.S. missionaries have demanded the release of Carlos Lehder Rivas, an extradited drug kingpin sentenced in the United States last year to life without parole, a spokesman for the Protestant missionary group said. The gunmen, believed to be drug traffickers, also threatened to kill one missionary for every Colombian extradited to the United States to face drug charges, according to Hector Pardo of the Colombian Evangelical Federations.
November 30, 1989 | Associated Press
The Bolivian government Wednesday announced the arrest of a man reputed to be one of that nation's two major cocaine traffickers. Juan Carlos Lisboa Melgar, 35, was arrested Tuesday during a raid on a home in Santa Cruz, a drug-trafficking center 335 miles southeast of La Paz, Deputy Secretary of Defense Gonzalo Torrico said. He said Lisboa, who did not resist arrest, owns the biggest cocaine-processing laboratory ever uncovered in Bolivia. He said it can produce up to 8,800 pounds a week.
July 9, 1995 | Associated Press
One of the alleged leaders of the Cali cocaine cartel surrendered Saturday, the fifth kingpin of the world's biggest drug gang to wind up behind bars in less than a month. Phanor Arizabaleta, a 57-year-old rancher, turned himself in at the Bogota offices of the DAS, Colombia's secret police, a DAS official confirmed. Arizabaleta is believed to be among the more violent leaders of the Cali cartel, which has been hit by almost daily raids recently.
July 12, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
The kingpin of a drug ring that used Hasidic Jews to smuggle more than 1 million ecstasy pills from the Netherlands to the United States pleaded guilty. Sean Erez, 31, faces up to 20 years in prison and $1 million in fines when he is sentenced Oct. 11 for conspiring to import the drug. Federal officials described Erez as one of the biggest importers of ecstasy, a synthetic drug that combines the effects of amphetamines and hallucinogens.
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.
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