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October 20, 1988
Federal prosecutors have recommended 900-year prison terms each for two men convicted in connection with the torture-murder in Mexico of a U. S. drug agent. The two men, Raul Lopez-Alvarez, 29, and Rene Verdugo-Urquidez, 36, were convicted last month of criminal counts in connection with the February, 1985, deaths of agent Enrique Camarena and his pilot, Alfredo Zavala-Avelar.
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May 5, 1989 | KIM MURPHY, Times Staff Writer
Reputed billionaire narcotics trafficker Juan Ramon Matta Ballesteros, a key suspect in the murder of federal drug agent Enrique Camarena, was arraigned Thursday in Los Angeles on narcotics charges but refused to enter a plea, claiming that he had been kidnaped and tortured by U.S. authorities. At the same time, sources close to the investigation of the 1985 murder of Camarena told The Times that authorities have found one of Matta's hairs at the Guadalajara home of a Mexican drug lord where Camarena is believed to have been tortured and killed.
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April 17, 1989 | From Associated Press
The Supreme Court, in a case involving a notorious Mexican drug-smuggling operation, agreed today to decide whether U.S. law enforcement agents need a warrant before searching on foreign soil someone who is not an American citizen. The court said it will hear Bush Administration arguments that U.S. agents did not violate the Constitution when, without a warrant, they searched the home of a suspected Mexican drug smuggler. Rene Verdugo Urquidez was convicted in California last year of taking part in the 1985 kidnaping, torture and murder of Drug Enforcement Administration agent Enrique Camarena and his pilot, Alfredo Zavala Avelar.
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April 17, 1989 | From Associated Press
The Supreme Court, in a case involving a notorious Mexican drug-smuggling operation, agreed today to decide whether U.S. law enforcement agents need a warrant before searching on foreign soil someone who is not an American citizen. The court said it will hear Bush Administration arguments that U.S. agents did not violate the Constitution when, without a warrant, they searched the home of a suspected Mexican drug smuggler. Rene Verdugo Urquidez was convicted in California last year of taking part in the 1985 kidnaping, torture and murder of Drug Enforcement Administration agent Enrique Camarena and his pilot, Alfredo Zavala Avelar.
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May 5, 1989 | KIM MURPHY, Times Staff Writer
Reputed billionaire narcotics trafficker Juan Ramon Matta Ballesteros, a key suspect in the murder of federal drug agent Enrique Camarena, was arraigned Thursday in Los Angeles on narcotics charges but refused to enter a plea, claiming that he had been kidnaped and tortured by U.S. authorities. At the same time, sources close to the investigation of the 1985 murder of Camarena told The Times that authorities have found one of Matta's hairs at the Guadalajara home of a Mexican drug lord where Camarena is believed to have been tortured and killed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 4, 1988
The most intense security seen at the U.S. Courthouse in Los Angeles in recent years has been implemented for the trial of three Mexican nationals charged in the murder of American drug agent Enrique Camarena, officials said. U.S. Marshal Sam Cicchino said security is strengthened for any "high-risk case where there is an outside chance of something happening."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 25, 1988
A cocaine dealer admitted arranging reputed drug lord Rafael Caro Quintero's escape from Mexico after U.S. narcotics agent Enrique Camarena was murdered, according to testimony Wednesday in Los Angeles federal court. Arturo de la Torre said his friend Jesus Felix Gutierrez told him that he and another man hired a pilot to fly Caro Quintero to Costa Rica after the murder in February, 1985.
NEWS
September 22, 1988
Former Mexican police officer Raul Lopez Alvarez was convicted in Los Angeles this morning of helping plot and carry out the 1985 torture-murders of U.S. narcotics agent Enrique Camarena and his pilot in Mexico. Lopez, 28, a former state judicial police officer in Jalisco, was convicted of six felony counts in connection with the February, 1985, abductions of Camarena and Alfredo Zavala Avelar in Guadalajara and their tortures and killings.
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February 28, 1990 | From Associated Press
The Supreme Court today bolstered the fight against international drug trafficking and terrorism by giving U.S. law-enforcement agents more power to conduct searches in foreign countries. By a 6-3 vote, the justices said U.S. agents did not need a court warrant to search the home of a suspected Mexican drug smuggler later convicted in the killing of a federal drug agent. The ruling gives U.S. law-enforcement officials broad authority to conduct warrantless searches abroad of non-U.S. citizens.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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."
NEWS
October 20, 1988
Federal prosecutors have recommended 900-year prison terms each for two men convicted in connection with the torture-murder in Mexico of a U. S. drug agent. The two men, Raul Lopez-Alvarez, 29, and Rene Verdugo-Urquidez, 36, were convicted last month of criminal counts in connection with the February, 1985, deaths of agent Enrique Camarena and his pilot, Alfredo Zavala-Avelar.
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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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October 28, 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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