CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 1, 1997 |
Investigators in Mexico said Thursday that they have arrested seven people, including three Tijuana police officers, in connection with the kidnapping and killing of two Santa Ana men. The victims' bodies were discovered Wednesday buried under the concrete floor of a Tijuana auto body shop. Both men had been shot in the head, said Fausto Gonzalez, an investigator with the San Diego Police Department. The victims were identified as Juan Jose Solorzano and Jose Ramon Santillan.
May 24, 1997 |
Some of Mexico's biggest anti-drug operations were the brainchild of a Mexican drug lord who used the military to fight rival dealers, it was reported today. The report, based on testimony military officers gave during court proceedings in Mexico City, called into question efforts by the U.S. and Mexican governments to rely on the Mexican military in their war on drugs. The testimony was part of the case against Gen.
May 14, 1997 |
Seven former members of Mexico's anti-drug forces who were also allegedly on reputed cocaine baron Amado Carrillo Fuentes' payroll have been arrested, officials said. The arrests were made after two men tried to bribe the head of an army border post in the southeastern state of Campeche to allow a plane carrying illegal drugs to land safely, officials said.
March 19, 1997 |
New mandatory drug tests for Mexico's federal law enforcement agencies turned up 424 police, prosecutors and administrative personnel who tested positive--nearly half of them for cocaine use--during the past six weeks, the attorney general's office disclosed here Tuesday.
February 10, 1997 |
When President Ernesto Zedillo named a tough army general to head this city's civilian Police Department last year, senior officials termed the move a temporary one to crack down on crime and police corruption. Six months later, when Zedillo appointed another active-duty army general to the nation's top counter-narcotics post, officials again called the measure temporary and said it was made to instill discipline and integrity in the ranks of Mexico's notoriously corrupt federal police.
January 7, 1997 |
Mexican federal police and army agents seized three Lear jets, thousands of dollars in cash and more than two dozen suspected drug traffickers--including uniformed police officers--in a major blow to Mexico's most powerful drug cartel, authorities said Monday. The Mexican attorney general's office said it linked the jets and the 25 detained pilots, passengers and police officers--some of whom are federal agents--to the Juarez drug-trafficking cartel.