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June 7, 1988 | KIM MURPHY, Times Staff Writer
Slain federal drug agent Enrique Camarena told his killers that agents knew the whereabouts of two of Mexico's most powerful drug lords but did not pursue them because they feared for their own lives, according to a tape-recording of Camarena's torture made public Monday. In a chilling transcript of Camarena's ordeal, filed in Los Angeles federal court, the Drug Enforcement Administration agent is heard complaining to his captors that U.S.
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September 13, 2001 | HENRY WEINSTEIN, TIMES LEGAL AFFAIRS WRITER
For the first time, a federal appeals court has ruled that a U.S. government-instigated kidnapping of an individual from another country violates international human rights law and that violation can be redressed in a U.S. court. The 3-0 ruling this week by the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco stems from the April 1990 abduction of Mexican physician Humberto Alvarez Machain.
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November 20, 1991 | MARJORIE MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Before he was shot to death at a Guadalajara intersection last month, Manuel Salcido Uzeta was one of Mexico's most-wanted drug lords. El Cochiloco, or "Crazy Pig," as he was called for his violent rages, had been hunted by Mexican and American officials, as well as by the international police agency Interpol. Apparently they didn't look very hard.
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September 11, 2001 | MEGAN K. STACK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
She has turned bones and skulls in her hands, pored over every body dug from the desert. She has worked among crumbling skeletons and charred teeth. Blurred Polaroids of missing children. In her 47 years, Irma Rodriguez Galarza has been mother and wife, cab driver and dental expert, professor and author, lawyer and forensic detective in the vast Mexican border state of Chihuahua.
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December 10, 1992 | JIM NEWTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A former Mexican policeman who became a bodyguard to a drug kingpin testified Wednesday that two defendants, along with an array of high-ranking Mexican government officials, were at the Guadalajara house where an American drug agent was being tortured and killed in 1985.
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April 15, 1993 | MARJORIE MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Rafael Aguilar Guajardo, a former federal police officer and one of Mexico's most-wanted drug traffickers, was shot to death while vacationing with his family in the Caribbean resort of Cancun, officials confirmed Wednesday. An American tourist from Colorado also was killed in the attack in the southeastern state of Quintana Roo. She apparently was walking by at the time of the shooting and was caught in the automatic gunfire.
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November 29, 1997 | ANNE-MARIE O'CONNOR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Mexican authorities say a suspected gunman for the Tijuana drug cartel, slain in a Thanksgiving Day attack on a Tijuana journalist, may have been a member of the California prison-based Mexican Mafia. The involvement of David Barron Corona in the assassination attempt on editor Jesus Blancornelas was the latest twist in a series of cross-border crimes that underscore the transnational character of the drug empire allegedly run by the Arellano Felix brothers, U.S. and Mexican federal sources say.
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July 4, 1993 | SEBASTIAN ROTELLA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Spooky, Puma, Popeye: the homeboys of the Calle Treinta gang earned their monikers in the old San Diego barrio of Logan Heights, a working-class enclave hemmed in by freeways, docks and a warehouse wasteland. Stealing cars, dealing PCP, dueling for control of narrow streets, they established themselves as a fierce but unremarkable Latino street gang. That was until about two years ago, when the gangsters who hung out at the park on 30th Street underwent a chilling metamorphosis.
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June 20, 1990 | HENRY WEINSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An FBI forensics expert testified Tuesday in Los Angeles federal court that hair fibers found in the house where U.S. drug agent Enrique Camarena was murdered matched hair samples taken from defendant Juan Ramon Matta Ballesteros' head after his arrest. Matta is one of four men being tried in Camarena's abduction and murder. Matta, 45, contends that he was not at the house in Guadalajara, Mexico, where the agent was interrogated and killed in February, 1985.
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December 4, 1997 | ANNE-MARIE O'CONNOR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The state prosecutor of Baja California was hastily replaced Wednesday amid blistering criticism for the removal of state police guarding a crusading Tijuana journalist just weeks before the journalist was wounded in a botched assassination attempt by the Tijuana drug cartel. The resignation of Jose Luis Anaya Bautista came less than a week after gunmen of the Tijuana drug cartel opened fire on Jesus Blancornelas on his way to work last Thursday, seriously wounding him and slaying his bodyguard.
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August 5, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Two suspects have been released in the death of U.S. journalist Philip True, who died while hiking in Mexico in 1998, a prison official said. Juan Chivarra and Miguel Hernandez were freed after recent investigations concluded that True was not murdered but fell to his death. Charged with robbery and murder, both suspects had been held for more than two years, prison official Martin Ortiz said. One autopsy found that True, a San Antonio Express-News reporter, had been strangled.
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June 20, 2001 | JAMES F. SMITH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Eduardo Gallo refused to let his daughter's brutal kidnapping and slaying become just another forgotten case. So he solved it himself, right up to the arrest this week of the alleged triggerman. Like the relatives of hundreds of other kidnapping victims in Mexico, Gallo paid a ransom--about $18,500 and some jewelry--after his daughter Paola was seized by a gang from the family's weekend home last July in the town of Tepoztlan near Mexico City. But Paola's body was found a week later.
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June 5, 2001 | JILL LEOVY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A waiter at a Tijuana nightclub will face murder charges in the death of an Oakland man in a barroom brawl, Mexican officials ruled Monday. But the victim's family complained that Mexican officials have not done enough to resolve the case. They hold Mexican authorities partially responsible. Lamont Hill, 27, died May 26 after a racially tinged brawl in a Tijuana nightclub.
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April 27, 2001 | JAMES F. SMITH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The grandson of a prominent Hollywood facial-peel entrepreneur was found guilty Thursday of first-degree murder in the Mexican capital and sentenced to nearly 24 years in prison, officials said. Joseph Pantuso, 59, was convicted in the December 1997 death of an elderly man whom he was treating with the same cosmetic process that his grandmother made famous in the 1950s, when she treated stars such as Gloria Swanson.
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April 26, 2001 | JAMES F. SMITH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For nearly two decades, Joseph Pantuso ran the facial-peel business that his grandmother made famous in Hollywood in the 1950s, when she treated stars such as Marlene Dietrich and Gloria Swanson. Now Pantuso sits in Mexico City's maximum-security prison, held without bail for the last 14 months, waiting for a verdict in his first-degree murder trial.
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February 12, 2001 | Associated Press
An American tourist was fatally shot during a robbery attempt in southern Mexico City, the city attorney general's office said Sunday. Helen Garnes Darnell, 63, of Atlanta was approached Saturday by two people as she and her husband got into a car in San Angel, a popular tourist neighborhood known for its Saturday market of original paintings and arts and crafts. The two bandits demanded that Darnell turn over her money and belongings, but she resisted and was shot in the neck, officials said.
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December 13, 1989 | HECTOR TOBAR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Mexican drug lord Rafael Caro-Quintero and more than 20 members of his drug ring were convicted and sentenced by a Mexican judge to up to 40 years in prison for the 1985 killing of U.S. drug agent Enrique Camarena, authorities announced Tuesday. Caro-Quintero, 37, and Ernesto Rafael Fonseca-Carrillo, 56, the "enforcer" for Quintero's organization, were found guilty and sentenced to 40 years each for directing the killings of Camarena and his Mexican pilot, Alfredo Zavala Avelar.
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July 25, 1992 | MARJORIE MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The slayings of a prominent AIDS activist and at least four other homosexuals have drawn protests from the gay community against a wave of "hate crimes" and charges that police have failed to investigate the incidents seriously. Dr. Francisco Estrada Valle, co-founder of Ave de Mexico, an AIDS education and prevention organization, was discovered bound, strangled and stabbed last week along with two other men in an apartment in the southern neighborhood of Coyoacan.
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January 26, 2001 | JILL LEOVY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A celebrity murder case that has captivated Mexico took a stunning turn Thursday when a judge cleared all six suspects in the mob-style killing of television comedian Francisco "Paco" Stanley, saying there wasn't enough evidence to convict them. Although prosecutors could appeal to a higher court, the judge's decision was a serious setback to their team, which had tried to prove that Stanley's comic sidekick plotted to murder him.
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October 10, 2000 | SCOTT GLOVER and MATT LAIT, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The onetime lover of ex-Los Angeles police officer Rafael Perez said Monday that she underwent a marathon 12-hour interrogation over the weekend, before leading U.S. and Mexican authorities to a trash-filled ravine in which she says Perez and another officer buried the bodies of three people they allegedly killed. The informant, 23-year-old Sonia Flores, led investigators to the secluded site Sunday afternoon. She was accompanied by an assistant U.S. attorney and two FBI agents. She said the U.
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