April 15, 1989 |
Mexico and the United States agreed Friday on closer ties in the war on drugs, including joint operations to halt cross-border trafficking, Attorney General Dick Thornburgh said. Thornburgh reached the agreement with Mexican Attorney General Enrique Alvarez del Castillo, days after Mexico captured Miguel Angel Felix Gallardo, one of Latin America's top drug barons. "It is my hope that as a result of this meeting, we can begin to strengthen our ties in helping to eradicate what President Bush has called the scourge of drugs," Thornburgh said after the meeting.
April 19, 1989 |
Secretary of State James A. Baker III on Tuesday strongly praised Mexico for its actions against drug trafficking, calling the government's new crackdown on cocaine smugglers "unprecedented." "Mexico has taken some very significant steps," Baker told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. "There shouldn't be a lot of debate and doubt about certifying Mexico (as aiding in U.S. anti-drug efforts)." Baker pointed to the arrest April 8 of Mexican drug kingpin Miguel Angel Felix Gallardo as a sign of the country's new toughness toward drugs.
April 11, 1989 |
Atty. Gen. Enrique Alvarez del Castillo said Monday that arresting Mexico's biggest reputed drug lord and six police officials in a weekend sweep was a blow at corruption, and he vowed to continue the crackdown. Alvarez told reporters that arresting men like Miguel Angel Felix Gallardo, 43, was "one of the top priorities" of President Carlos Salinas de Gortari's new administration. In addition to Felix Gallardo and three aides, the sweep also netted the top federal anti-drug official in the alleged drug kingpin's home state and five other ranking police officials, Alvarez said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 14, 1989
The arrest of a man said to be Mexico's narcotics kingpin is one more indication that President Carlos Salinas de Gortari is serious about eliminating corruption in the Mexican legal and political system. Miguel Angel Felix Gallardo, who was arrested by Mexican federal agents this week in the Pacific Coast state of Sinaloa, is considered that nation's top trafficker in cocaine, heroin and marijuana, not just by Mexican officials but by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. U.S. officials are so overjoyed at the seizure of a man they suspect ordered the brutal murder of DEA Agent Enrique Camarena in 1985 that a DEA spokesman called the arrest a "landmark" in the history of cooperation between Mexican and U.S. law enforcement.
April 16, 1989 |
The agreement between the Mexican government and the International Monetary Fund, announced Wednesday, is another indication of the growing cleavage that Mexico's society and government is undergoing today. Made public two days after the arrest in Guadalajara of drug lord Miguel Angel Felix Gallardo, the $3.6-billion, three-year IMF credit, as well as the drug bust, can be viewed in two different ways, depending on one's vantage point. On the one hand, there is the growing list of intrinsically positive and praiseworthy spectacular arrests that President Carlos Salinas de Gortari has been able to carry out since taking office: oil union leader Joaquin Hernandez Galicia, stockbroker and businessman Eduardo Legorreta, comic-book magnate Guillermo de la Parra and now Felix Gallardo.
April 11, 1989 |
Mexico's attorney general acknowledged Monday that Miguel Angel Felix Gallardo, one of the world's top cocaine, marijuana and heroin traffickers, ran his multibillion-dollar operation for the last 15 years with the protection of corrupt Mexican police officials. Atty. Gen. Enrique Alvarez del Castillo said that six law enforcement officials, including one of his own men, were detained following the Saturday night arrest of Felix Gallardo in Guadalajara. He said the drug lord fingered the officials.