February 2, 2001 |
The new chief of Mexico's customs agency fired 45 of the department's 47 supervisors and said the ax would fall on the remaining two soon. He cited corruption, inefficiency and apathy among customs agents. Jose Guzman Montalvo promised a complete overhaul of the agency, widely accused of extorting money and collaborating with criminals entering ports and crossing checkpoints along the U.S. border.
August 8, 2000 |
Until a few weeks ago, Alejandro Partido would have been aghast at the idea of becoming a bureaucrat. "My perception was that you got to a government office and didn't do anything. You arrived at 9 and left at 10 [a.m.]," the recent MBA grad said with a sniff. "Total inefficiency." But this is Mexico's new era. So last week, Partido marched up to the headquarters of President-elect Vicente Fox and joined the stream of people offering their resumes. "It's the change of person," Partido, 29, said.
May 2, 2000 |
Mexican drug prosecutor Jose Patino Moreno enjoyed the respect of U.S. authorities along the international border even before accepting the daunting assignment that would be his last. Courtly and careful, Patino, a ranking lawyer in the narcotics unit of the federal attorney general's office in Mexico City, had impressed U.S. counterparts as a trustworthy ally and a bright spot in his country's often-fitful campaign against drug smuggling.
October 4, 1997 |
Mexican officials said Friday that they have won the extradition of former prosecutor Pablo Chapa Bezanilla from Spain and that he will probably be returned within days. Chapa Bezanilla fled to Spain earlier this year after investigators said he allegedly paid informants to plant human remains at the house of the brother of former President Carlos Salinas de Gortari.
August 28, 1997 |
The latest wave of drug tests for police officers in a southern state turned up 119 agents who tested positive for drugs--4.1% of those tested. All 119 officers will be fired immediately, Miguel Mario Angulo Flota, secretary of the Quintana Roo state public security system, told the government's Notimex news agency. The tests were given to 2,879 officers in Quintana Roo state. Angulo Flota said he believed that 4.1% "does not constitute an alarming proportion."
March 19, 1997 |
New mandatory drug tests for Mexico's federal law enforcement agencies turned up 424 police, prosecutors and administrative personnel who tested positive--nearly half of them for cocaine use--during the past six weeks, the attorney general's office disclosed here Tuesday.