June 13, 1985
Three of Mexico's top four drug barons ordered the killing of U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent Enrique S. Camarena after he disclosed, under torture, that Washington considered the three "dangerous narcotics traffickers," a witness said in Mexico City.
November 3, 2008 |
He appears in a restaurant, picks up everyone's tab, then vanishes with his many guards. He stars in his wedding, government officials among the guests. He is captured, then released. Twice. Or maybe not. Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, Mexico's most-wanted drug-trafficking fugitive, chalks up more sightings than Elvis. He is everywhere, and nowhere, a long-sought criminal always a step ahead of the law, yet always in sight or mind.
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.
March 28, 1991 |
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.
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.