CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 9, 1999 |
A key defendant in Operation Casablanca, the massive drug money laundering case against Mexican banks and bankers, pleaded guilty Monday in Los Angeles federal court. Victor Manuel Alcala Navarro, a reputed money launderer for the Juarez drug cartel, entered his plea to 28 criminal counts three weeks before he was to go on trial on money laundering and conspiracy charges. Alcala, known as El Doctor, fell prey to a sting operation by undercover U.S.
July 3, 1998 |
A man who pleaded guilty in a New York court to smuggling deaf Mexicans into the United States and forcing them to work as trinket vendors has been deported to Mexico to face money-laundering charges, police reported Thursday. Alfredo Rustrian Paoletti, know by the deaf workers as "the Hearing Man" because he is not deaf, was placed under arrest at the Mexico City airport.
March 22, 1998 |
The Juarez cartel laundered about $47 million in drug money through a financial group, a newspaper reported. Reforma quoted a government prosecutor as saying the cartel, which bought a controlling share of Grupo Financiero Anahuac before authorities took it over, managed to launder millions of pesos. "Using Anahuac, the organization laundered money through bank branches in the Cayman Islands . . .
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 29, 1999 |
Amid speculation about last-minute plea agreements, three of Mexico's most prominent banks are set to go on trial Thursday in Los Angeles federal court on charges of laundering millions of dollars for the Cali and Juarez drug cartels. The trial, which could have far-reaching political and economic repercussions in Mexico, is the first of four stemming from Operation Casablanca, the U.S. Customs Service's massive probe of international drug-money laundering.
September 6, 1996 |
Trucks and cars stuffed with dollars are crossing the southwest border into Mexico every day in money laundering schemes that have helped make Southern California the main collection center for drug money in the United States, Congress was told by a series of witnesses Thursday. The witnesses, who included Clinton administration officials, California Deputy Atty. Gen. James D. Dutton and private investigators, could not put a definite figure on the amount of dollars laundered in Mexico. But Rep.
June 5, 1998 |
After two weeks of tirades against American officials for failing to inform Mexico of a money-laundering "sting" operation, authorities here have acknowledged that U.S. agents did tell them of the investigation two years ago--and even asked for support. But the attorney general's office declared that the meeting with U.S. agents in January 1996 did not amount to approval for the Americans to stage undercover operations in Mexico.