December 8, 1999 |
Scientific tests showed that two bodies found at border sites where drug gangs allegedly buried murder victims were of Mexicans who worked as FBI informants, newspapers reported. The "two individuals collaborated in 1994 and 1995 in operations that helped in the seizure of 18.5 tons of cocaine in Mexican territory," Reforma newspaper said, quoting an anonymous source.
December 11, 1999 |
Masked men with guns attacked a prison in southern Mexico, leading to a mass prison break and riot in which at least one person was killed, officials said Friday. Chiapas state Atty. Gen. Eduardo Montoya said 44 of the prison's 239 inmates fled the facility, 10 miles east of San Cristobal de las Casas, on Thursday night. Two were recaptured. A 5-month-old child, whose mother was visiting her imprisoned husband, died after being crushed during the riot. Two guards were injured.
September 1, 2000 |
Victims of repression during Argentina's "dirty war" testified before a Spanish judge Thursday that a man being held in Mexico was in fact an agent at a notorious torture center in the 1970s. Former prisoners at the Navy School of Mechanics in Buenos Aires said Ricardo Miguel Cavallo, alias Miguel Angel Cavallo, was one of the military officials in charge.
April 14, 2010 |
The death toll from the Mexican government's three-year war on drug cartels is far higher than previously reported -- more than 22,000, according to news reports published Tuesday that cited confidential government figures. The figure is significantly higher than tallies assembled by Mexican media. They estimate that more than 18,000 people have died since President Felipe Calderon launched a crackdown against drug-trafficking groups after taking office in December 2006. The unofficial media tallies have often been cited by foreign news outlets, including The Times.
July 4, 1999 |
Up to 50 people were feared drowned after two boats capsized off the Pacific coast of southern Mexico, officials said Saturday as a newspaper reported that the victims might have been Central Americans hoping to enter Mexico illegally. Searchers in helicopters and navy boats combed the waters after local fishermen reported that two boats had overturned. A naval official, who identified himself only as Seaman Espinosa, said helicopters had spotted some bodies floating in the area.
March 17, 1998 |
The nation's most powerful drug cartel bought a controlling stake in a small, struggling Mexican bank in 1995 and 1996 in a bid to have a private money-laundering operation, a newspaper reported Monday. Citing government documents, Reforma newspaper said the Juarez cartel once run by the late Amado Carrillo Fuentes, alias "Lord of the Skies," negotiated directly with two directors of the Grupo Financiero Anahuac, one of whom is the nephew of a former Mexican president.
April 27, 2000 |
With opinion surveys showing him the clear winner of a key presidential debate, opposition challenger Vicente Fox got a major push Wednesday in his quest to overtake the ruling party front-runner and give Mexico its first change of government in 71 years. Nine polls taken immediately after the debate broadcast Tuesday night gave Fox, of the center-right National Action Party, the edge over the ruling party's Francisco Labastida by margins ranging from 14 to as much as 40 percentage points.
July 3, 2005 |
President Vicente Fox on Saturday celebrated the fifth anniversary of his election victory that ended decades of one-party rule in Mexico, attending a rally that drew opposition protest. Fox called his 2000 victory the "awakening of Mexico." "Five years ago, we recovered our dignity," Fox told a crowd of more than 10,000 supporters here in the capital. Former Polish President Lech Walesa accompanied Fox, and top Mexican performers such as Alicia Villarreal and Ana Barbara played for the crowd.
April 21, 2010 |
In a bold predawn attack, gunmen stormed a hotel Wednesday in the heart of the northern city of Monterrey and kidnapped at least three people, officials said. Mexican media said up to 50 hooded gunmen arrived in a convoy and burst into the downtown Holiday Inn, seizing guests and employees. Law enforcement officials, offering only scant details by late afternoon, said it was not immediately clear whether a fourth person was seized or how many gunmen took part in the 3 a.m. attack.
January 21, 2010 |
A prison riot Wednesday killed at least 23 inmates in the northern Mexican state of Durango, which has been the scene of increasingly violent feuding between drug-trafficking groups during the last year. Authorities said fighting broke out early in the morning between inmates affiliated with rival drug-trafficking groups who were held in the penitentiary in the state capital, also named Durango. The clashes left an undetermined number of inmates injured. The Durango state prosecutor, Daniel Garcia Leal, declined in a radio interview to identify the rival cartels.