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September 8, 1988 | KIM MURPHY, Times Staff Writer
More than three years after the badly beaten bodies of a U.S. drug agent and his pilot were unearthed on a remote Mexican ranch, federal prosecutors have concluded their case against three men accused of helping carry out the murder plot for one of Mexico's most powerful drug organizations. The prosecution rested Wednesday after five weeks of testimony from nearly 80 witnesses linking the killing of drug agent Enrique Camarena to a cadre of narcotics traffickers based in Guadalajara.
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July 23, 1991 | HENRY WEINSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A foreign defendant kidnaped abroad at the behest of U.S. agents cannot be prosecuted here if an extradition treaty with the other country is in place and officials of that government protest the abduction, a federal appeals court ruled Monday. The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in San Francisco that a Mexican citizen convicted of involvement in the 1985 murder of U.S. drug agent Enrique Camarena must be given a hearing on whether the U.S.
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July 23, 1991 | HENRY WEINSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A foreign defendant kidnaped abroad at the behest of U.S. agents cannot be prosecuted here if an extradition treaty with the other country is in place and officials of that government protest the abduction, a federal appeals court ruled Monday. The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in San Francisco that a Mexican citizen convicted of involvement in the 1985 murder of U.S. drug agent Enrique Camarena must be given a hearing on whether the U.S.
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March 1, 1990 | DAVID G. SAVAGE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a decision that bolsters the Bush Administration's aggressive pursuit of the drug war in Central and South America, the Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that the Constitution's ban on "unreasonable searches and seizures" does not protect foreign citizens abroad. The 6-3 ruling grew out of the pursuit of Mexican drug traffickers who murdered U.S. drug agent Enrique Camarena, but it may have more impact on the prosecution of ex-Panamanian strongman Manuel A. Noriega.
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September 27, 1988 | KIM MURPHY, Times Staff Writer
A marijuana trafficker who allegedly oversaw operations for a major Mexican narcotics ring in Southern California was convicted Monday in the kidnaping and murder of U.S. drug agent Enrique Camarena and his pilot. Rene Martin Verdugo-Urquidez, 36, was the second defendant found guilty in the 8-week-long Los Angeles federal court trial of three men accused in the 1985 torture-murder that allegedly stemmed from the U.S.
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March 1, 1990 | DAVID G. SAVAGE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a decision that bolsters the Bush Administration's aggressive pursuit of the drug war in Central and South America, the Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that the Constitution's ban on "unreasonable searches and seizures" does not protect foreign citizens abroad. The 6-3 ruling grew out of the pursuit of Mexican drug traffickers who murdered U.S. drug agent Enrique Camarena, but it may have more impact on the prosecution of ex-Panamanian strongman Manuel A. Noriega.
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October 27, 1988 | EDWARD J. BOYER, Times Staff Writer
An admitted marijuana trafficker identified as a top lieutenant to a Mexican drug kingpin was sentenced Wednesday to 240 years in prison and an additional life term for his role in the kidnaping, torture and murder of a U.S. drug agent in Mexico. Rene Verdugo Urquidez, 36, will not be eligible for parole until he has served 60 years for his participation in the 1985 torture and murder of Drug Enforcement Administration Agent Enrique Camarena and his pilot, Alfredo Zavala Avelar.
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July 13, 1992
Marjorie Miller reports that "the U.S. government said it would no longer kidnap Mexican citizens but refused to back up its pledge with any legal guarantees" (July 2). U.S. officials seem to be unaware that Mexico and other countries already have a new and plain-spoken legal safeguard against future kidnapings. On Nov. 11, 1990, the United Nations Convention Against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs came into force. In text blunt enough for all to understand, the convention enjoins that a treaty party "shall not undertake in the territory of another Party the exercise of jurisdiction and performance of functions which are exclusively reserved for the authorities of that other Party by its domestic law."
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January 6, 1988 | Associated Press
A federal grand jury in Los Angeles today indicted Mexican drug kingpin Rafael Caro-Quintero and eight alleged associates in connection with the 1985 torture-slaying of U.S. drug agent Enrique Camarena. Five of the defendants, including Caro-Quintero, are charged with the actual murder of Camarena. Four others are charged as accessories after the fact for assisting Caro-Quintero and his associates flee Mexico after the assassination.
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June 21, 1988 | From United Press International
Jurors in the trial of three men charged with orchestrating or assisting in the murder of a U.S. narcotics agent in Mexico will hear a tape recording of his interrogation and torture, a federal judge ruled Monday in Los Angeles. Prosecutors said the recording was made by the narcotics traffickers who abducted, tortured and killed Drug Enforcement Administration agent Enrique Camarena and his pilot, Alfredo Zavala, outside of Guadalajara in February, 1985.
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October 27, 1988 | EDWARD J. BOYER, Times Staff Writer
An admitted marijuana trafficker identified as a top lieutenant to a Mexican drug kingpin was sentenced Wednesday to 240 years in prison and an additional life term for his role in the kidnaping, torture and murder of a U.S. drug agent in Mexico. Rene Verdugo Urquidez, 36, will not be eligible for parole until he has served 60 years for his participation in the 1985 torture and murder of Drug Enforcement Administration Agent Enrique Camarena and his pilot, Alfredo Zavala Avelar.
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September 27, 1988 | KIM MURPHY, Times Staff Writer
A marijuana trafficker who allegedly oversaw operations for a major Mexican narcotics ring in Southern California was convicted Monday in the kidnaping and murder of U.S. drug agent Enrique Camarena and his pilot. Rene Martin Verdugo-Urquidez, 36, was the second defendant found guilty in the 8-week-long Los Angeles federal court trial of three men accused in the 1985 torture-murder that allegedly stemmed from the U.S.
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September 8, 1988 | KIM MURPHY, Times Staff Writer
More than three years after the badly beaten bodies of a U.S. drug agent and his pilot were unearthed on a remote Mexican ranch, federal prosecutors have concluded their case against three men accused of helping carry out the murder plot for one of Mexico's most powerful drug organizations. The prosecution rested Wednesday after five weeks of testimony from nearly 80 witnesses linking the killing of drug agent Enrique Camarena to a cadre of narcotics traffickers based in Guadalajara.
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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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June 22, 1988 | KIM MURPHY, Times Staff Writer
The Mexican government has lodged a formal protest against the arrest of a Mexican citizen charged with the torture and murder of U.S. narcotics agent Enrique Camarena. Mexico claims that Rene Martin Verdugo-Urquidez was kidnaped and delivered to U.S. authorities in violation of Mexican and international law. The protest, lodged with the U.S.
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