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February 21, 1992 | H. G. REZA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An Immigration and Naturalization Service inspector is in custody here, charged with taking up to $250,000 in bribes and allowing at least 50 carloads of cocaine and marijuana to pass through his inspection lane at the Calexico port of entry, according to court records made available Thursday. Ricardo Nunez Felix, 34, was arrested Feb. 11 at his El Centro home.
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February 21, 1992 | H. G. REZA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An Immigration and Naturalization Service inspector is in custody here, charged with taking up to $250,000 in bribes and allowing at least 50 carloads of cocaine and marijuana to pass through his inspection lane at the Calexico port of entry, according to court records made available Thursday. Ricardo Nunez Felix, 34, was arrested Feb. 11 at his El Centro home.
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December 11, 1992
A former U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service inspector was convicted of official corruption Thursday in San Diego federal court. Ricardo Nunez Felix, 35, of El Centro was convicted of four felony counts, including corruption, aiding and abetting the import of 3,121 pounds of cocaine, conspiring to launder money and aiding and abetting money laundering, Assistant U.S. Atty. Cynthia Millsaps said. The cocaine came through Felix's inspection station at the Calexico Port of Entry on Feb.
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April 17, 1992 | JONATHAN GAW, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Following a nationwide trend, drug seizures along the California-Mexico border are running at a record-breaking pace this year, the U.S. Customs Service announced Thursday. Nearly 38,000 pounds of marijuana were seized by Customs inspectors at the San Diego sector's five ports of entry between Oct. 1, the start of the fiscal year, and March 31, a 60% increase over the same period last year, Customs officials said. Heroin seizures more than doubled, from 4.5 pounds to 10.1 pounds.
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February 21, 1992 | H.G. REZA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An Immigration and Naturalization Service inspector is in custody, charged with taking up to $250,000 in bribes and allowing at least 50 carloads of cocaine and marijuana to pass through his inspection lane at the Calexico port of entry, according to court records made available Thursday. Ricardo Nunez Felix, 34, was arrested Feb. 11 at his El Centro home.
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July 25, 1992 | THOM MROZEK, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A former immigration inspector at the San Ysidro border crossing was sentenced Friday to 30 years in federal prison for accepting bribes so drug smugglers could bring tons of cocaine and hundreds of pounds of marijuana into the United States. The sentencing of John Salazar, a former inspector with the Immigration and Naturalization Service, follows his guilty plea Jan. 9 to charges of conspiracy and official corruption.
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March 4, 1997 | MARK FINEMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
To friends and neighbors along the affluent stretch of Santa Rosa Road in El Centro, Calif., where Magdalena Ruiz Pelayo lived in 1991 in a $250,000 home, the 39-year-old mother of two was noteworthy for her business acumen and, especially, her contacts with Mexico's ruling elite. Charlie Johnson, a lawyer and businessman who lived down the street, would later testify as a character witness that he knew Ruiz Pelayo and her family.
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