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January 11, 1999 | From Reuters
Drug enforcement officials are bracing for an increase in the volume of heroin and methamphetamines coming into the United States this year from Mexico, authorities said. Mexican cartels are cornering markets on those narcotics and pushing them through border points at big profits, according to officials and statistics reviewed by Reuters. U.S.
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October 16, 1998 | MARY BETH SHERIDAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Camelia Calleja had heard it all before. The stories of local men being gunned down at a traffic light or the cinema in this quiet city. Narcotraficantes, neighbors would whisper. But the UCLA graduate never thought that the killings would touch her. Never, that is, until a man strode into her Kentucky Fried Chicken outlet in this city in Michoacan state in central Mexico last summer, whipped out a .38-caliber pistol and pumped five bullets into a man eating lunch with his three small children.
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October 8, 1998 | CLAUDIA KOLKER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Federal authorities, making public a 27-count indictment, Wednesday identified Vicente Carrillo-Fuentes, brother of a Ciudad Juarez-area drug lord who died after plastic surgery in 1997, as the bloodily contested cartel's new leader. Although a federal grand jury had returned the sealed indictment in August 1997 and requested the extradition from Mexico in November, authorities only unsealed the documents this week.
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October 2, 1998 | KEN ELLINGWOOD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a dusty cemetery above the desert plain, seven fresh stone mounds symbolize the notoriety that so abruptly has been visited on this remote village of indigenous Baja Californians. The simple graves--including those of five children ages 4 to 13--are but one link between tiny Santa Catarina and the recent execution-style slaughter of 18 people an hour and a half away near the port city of Ensenada.
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September 19, 1998 | PATRICK McDONNELL and KEN ELLINGWOOD and HECTOR TOBAR, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The principal target of the massacre that left 18 people dead just outside this Baja California resort was a known drug gang leader, and the killings were probably the result of a feud between drug traffickers, Mexican officials said Friday. Fermin Castro, also known to authorities as "the Ice Man," was critically wounded in Thursday's predawn attack, in which Castro and 20 members of his extended family, including eight children, were dragged from their beds and shot execution-style.
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September 18, 1998 | KEN ELLINGWOOD and ERIC LICHTBLAU, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Gunmen pulled 21 people from their beds early Thursday in a placid farm community just north of here, herded them onto a patio and opened fire, killing 18 in what authorities describe as the deadliest crime in Baja California history. Eight children--including youngsters ages 1, 2 and 4--were among the dead. One teenager who hid under a bed escaped the carnage. Authorities said the 15-year-old girl, whom they plan to interview for clues to the killers, was in shock after the massacre.
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July 14, 1998 | DAVID ROSENZWEIG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A high-ranking member of the violent Tijuana drug cartel has been arrested in the Los Angeles area after a yearlong wiretap investigation that resulted in the indictment of nine people and the seizure of about four tons of cocaine and $15 million in cash, authorities announced Monday.
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March 26, 1998 | MARY BETH SHERIDAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Fernando Gastelum, a top security official in the state of Baja California Sur, was invited to lunch recently at a local military base. Little did he know that he was to be the main course. As Gastelum sat down with other officials to discuss crime, an aide informed him that he had a phone call. Heading out of the dining room, he was seized by black-clad federal agents. Within hours, he was in detention in Mexico City.
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March 22, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
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 . . .
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March 21, 1998 | JAMES F. SMITH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A series of accusations this week linked Mexico's most notorious drug cartel to money-laundering scams that touch the highest levels of the nation's political, financial and labor elite. First, it emerged that the laundrymen of the Juarez cartel tried to buy a controlling share of a struggling bank. Then it was reported that they tried to go into business with President Ernesto Zedillo's brother.
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