March 26, 2010 |
Mexican authorities Thursday announced the arrest of a man dubbed "the king of heroin," who allegedly was one of the biggest smugglers of the drug into the United States. Jose Antonio Medina was captured by Mexican police a day earlier in the western state of Michoacan, where he allegedly operated a trafficking network that smuggled 440 pounds of heroin a month across the border into Southern California, federal police said. Medina, 36, was sought on a warrant issued last year for extradition to the U.S. on charges of drug trafficking and sales north of the border.
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December 4, 1985 |
A former Lake View Terrace nursing home aide, who pleaded guilty last month to voluntary manslaughter for killing his homosexual lover and dumping the dismembered body in Mexico, was sentenced Tuesday to six years in prison. An attorney for the defendant, Bobby Lynn Snyder, 33, said after the sentencing that his client, who originally was charged with murder, had been tortured into making a confession to Mexican police after his arrest in July, 1983.
February 26, 1985 |
Mexican police Monday reported the arrests of a suspect and two companions in the kidnaping of U.S. narcotics agent Enrique S. Camarena. The three men were flown to Guadalajara, scene of the abduction, for questioning. The suspect was identified as Tomas Morlet Borquez, who said he has retired after 22 years of service in Mexico's Department of Federal Security, a plainclothes police agency. Camarena was seized at gunpoint Feb. 7. There has been no ransom note and no word of his whereabouts.
November 28, 2012 |
MEXICO CITY - In the six years of outgoing President Felipe Calderon's war against drug gangs, the U.S. became a principal player in Mexico, sending drones and sniffer dogs, police trainers and intelligence agents to a country long suspicious of its powerful neighbor. Calderon, who steps down Saturday, essentially rewrote the rules under which foreign forces could act here in matters of national security. There has been relatively little public protest, reflecting the severity of a conflict that has killed tens of thousands nationwide and spread violence south into Central America - without significantly reducing the flow of drugs.
June 23, 1988 |
Mexican police made one of their largest-ever seizures of heroin and arrested three Hong Kong Chinese at Mexico City's international airport, a police official said Wednesday. The 15-pound haul of pure heroin, with an estimated street value of $8.5 million, was destined for the United States, Ramon Casas Alvarez, police commander, said.
March 11, 2008 |
Mexican police searching for drug gangs seized a cache of automatic weapons and grenade launchers at a luxury apartment in the Caribbean resort of Cancun, near hotels full of foreign tourists. Tipped off by an informant, police found 22 guns, 14 grenades and about 500 rounds of ammunition at an exclusive beachside golf course development, a spokesman said. They also found police hats and car stickers with official police insignia.
April 14, 1997
A man suspected of kidnapping his young daughter was in Mexican custody Sunday, a day after he led police on a chase from Compton to the Mexican border, where he crashed into a Mexican police car in Tijuana. Police said the man, identified as Vaucilio Manzano, 32, abducted his 6-year-old daughter. She was living with her mother, Marina Rocha, Manzano's ex-girlfriend. Neither Manzano nor the child was hurt in the crash. Compton police drove Rocha to the border to identify her daughter.