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NEWS
September 1, 2000 | From Associated Press
A group of alleged kidnappers arrested over the weekend is being linked by prosecutors to a cocky, well-armed mafia accused of some of Mexico's most spectacular abductions. Eight people were arrested Sunday in the central Pacific coast state of Nayarit. A spokesman for the state attorney general's office, Jesus Cervantes, said they were part of a larger organization. "The gang has approximately 80 members but [is] divided in organizations in which only the leaders know one another," he said.
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NEWS
July 8, 2000 | CLAUDIA KOLKER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In another place, it might have passed for simple murder. Maybe in a different family, it could have stayed a single tragedy. But when a car thief killed prelaw student Bruno Jordan five years back, he did it in this desert city on the edge of Mexico. And he killed the darling of a prominent El Paso clan, famous for both its closeness and its two sons in law enforcement.
NEWS
June 23, 2000 | KEN ELLINGWOOD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Mexican authorities have arrested four of their own agents suspected of working for the powerful Arellano Felix drug gang. The Mexican federal attorney general's office said in a statement that the four federal agents, part of an anti-drug force in Tijuana since November, were charged with organized crime. The attorney general's statement said charges stemmed from "the relationship they had with the Arellano Felix brothers' criminal organization, through Ismael Higuera Guerrero."
NEWS
May 28, 2000 | STEVE BERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the dead of night, a man pulled his van into a driveway in a peaceful Santa Clarita neighborhood and quietly opened a multimillion-dollar stash house for one of the most violent drug cartels in Mexico. He had picked a neat two-story home in Valencia to store millions in income from drug deals before the money was shipped to Mexico.
NEWS
May 6, 2000 | KEN ELLINGWOOD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Heartened by the arrest in Mexico this week of the suspected manager of Tijuana's infamous drug cartel, U.S. officials are expected to roll out drug charges in coming days against another leader of the Arellano Felix cartel. A federal official said Friday that the focus of the new U.S. charges is Benjamin Arellano, described by investigators as the cartel's primary commander. Benjamin Arellano has not previously been publicly charged by the U.S.
NEWS
May 5, 2000 | KEN ELLINGWOOD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In what could amount to the most serious blow ever against the Tijuana-based Arellano Felix drug gang, Mexican authorities on Thursday announced the arrest of a senior cartel figure who they say ran vast cross-border trafficking operations and directed the torture and murder of rivals that serve as the group's bloody hallmark.
NEWS
March 12, 2000 | From Associated Press
Police have arrested one of Mexico's most-wanted drug trafficking suspects, a Mexican news agency reported Saturday. Jesus Labra, an alleged leader of the Arrellano Felix drug gang, was captured at noon Saturday on a street in downtown Tijuana in an operation that involved the Mexican army and federal police, the Notimex news agency reported. The Tijuana-based gang is considered by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency to be one of the largest and most violent operating in Mexico.
NEWS
February 5, 2000 | MARY BETH SHERIDAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The mayor of Juarez is shocked--shocked!--that his border city is more commonly associated with corpses than corporations. So Mayor Gustavo Elizondo is doing something about it: He has successfully petitioned Mexico's attorney general to change the names of the country's top narcotics mafias. According to a recent directive to Mexican judicial authorities, the Juarez cartel no longer exists.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 1, 2000
A man accused of running Los Angeles operations for Mexico's notorious Arellano-Felix drug cartel pleaded guilty Monday to federal narcotics drug and money laundering charges. Jorge Castro Gastelum, 34, faces nearly 17 years in prison under a plea agreement negotiated with prosecutors. He did not agree to cooperate with authorities in his plea agreement, however.
NEWS
November 29, 1999 | From the Washington Post
Cocaine and marijuana seizures inside the southwestern U.S. border and along Mexico's Pacific coast have escalated dramatically in the last two years, alarming U.S. law enforcement authorities, who say Mexican traffickers are sending greater quantities and larger loads of drugs into the United States. Seizures of marijuana by U.S. agencies along the southwestern U.S. border, where 70% of all illicit drugs enter the country, are up as much as 33% over last year, according to U.S.
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