December 18, 2010 |
The curly-haired suspect in the sweatshirt faced the flash of news cameras, looking impossibly small. "When did you start to kill?" he was asked. "How much did you earn?" "How many did you execute?" He said he began killing at age 11. A drug cartel paid him $200 a week. He'd killed four people. "How?" came the final question. "I cut their throats," he replied. Then masked Mexican soldiers hustled him off, the way they do other drug suspects. The detainee's name was Edgar Jimenez Lugo, but everyone knew him as Ponchi.
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November 4, 2010 |
Federal authorities discovered a tunnel linking drug warehouses in San Diego and Tijuana that led to the seizure of more than 25 tons of marijuana, one of the largest-ever drug seizures in San Diego, officials said. The 1,800-foot transnational passageway ? roughly equivalent to six football fields in length ? isn't the longest or the most sophisticated ever built, but it is one of the few instances in which authorities were able to seize drugs on both sides of the border. The scale of the operation pointed to the work of a major Mexican drug cartel, authorities said, and comes two weeks after Mexican authorities discovered a record 134 tons of marijuana in an industrial area near Tijuana.
August 7, 2008 |
Four Mexican soldiers crossed the border and held a U.S. Border Patrol agent at gunpoint before realizing where they were and returning to Mexico, authorities said. The confrontation occurred early Sunday on the Tohono O'odham Indian Reservation, about 85 miles southwest of Tucson, in an area fenced only with barbed wire, said Dove Crawford, a spokeswoman for the Border Patrol.
July 5, 2004 |
Mexican soldiers disrupted the graveside burial ceremony of a U.S. Marine in San Luis de la Paz, objecting to ceremonial arms carried by two Marines taking part in the rite. A Marine contingent was participating in the funeral of Lance Cpl. Juan Lopez, who was killed in an ambush in Ramadi, Iraq, on June 21 and was being buried in his hometown. The two rifles looked real but could not be fired.
May 5, 2000 |
In what could amount to the most serious blow ever against the Tijuana-based Arellano Felix drug gang, Mexican authorities on Thursday announced the arrest of a senior cartel figure who they say ran vast cross-border trafficking operations and directed the torture and murder of rivals that serve as the group's bloody hallmark.
March 21, 2000 |
The U.S. Border Patrol agents' union alleged that Mexican soldiers who crossed the border into New Mexico and fired two shots last week may have been trying to collect a drug trafficker's bounty by killing U.S. law officers. The union called for an investigation into the incident despite the U.S. government's position that it was just an accident. "That was no accident," Joseph Dassaro, vice president of the National Border Patrol Council, said in El Paso, Texas.