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May 4, 1994 | SEBASTIAN ROTELLA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Mexican federal police arrested Baja California's second-highest-ranking law enforcement official Tuesday in connection with a drug-related shootout between state and federal police two months ago. After Deputy Atty. Gen. Sergio Ortiz Lara was hustled from his office at gunpoint to federal police headquarters a few blocks away, about 100 black-jacketed federal police officers armed with automatic rifles were deployed onto surrounding streets and rooftops.
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May 4, 1994 | SEBASTIAN ROTELLA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Mexican federal police arrested Baja California's second-highest-ranking law enforcement official Tuesday in connection with a drug-related shootout between state and federal police two months ago. After Deputy Atty. Gen. Sergio Ortiz Lara was hustled from his office at gunpoint to federal police headquarters a few blocks away, about 100 black-jacketed federal police officers armed with automatic rifles were deployed onto surrounding streets and rooftops.
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March 7, 1994 | SEBASTIAN ROTELLA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a case with explosive political potential, Mexican federal authorities have issued arrest warrants for a deputy attorney general of the state of Baja California, a prosecutor and six state police officers in connection with last week's deadly shootout between federal agents and state officers who were guarding a drug kingpin, Mexican authorities said Sunday.
NEWS
February 1, 1995 | SEBASTIAN ROTELLA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Baja California's former deputy attorney general has been cleared of charges of protecting drug lords, according to state officials, who said Tuesday that corruption and political conflict have impeded investigations of the drug violence that hit the state last year. A federal appellate court in Mexicali this week dismissed charges of obstruction of justice and abuse of authority against Sergio Ortiz Lara, the state's former second-ranking law enforcement chief, officials said.
NEWS
March 22, 1994 | SEBASTIAN ROTELLA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the increasingly confused aftermath of a shootout between state and federal police, a state deputy attorney general and five police commanders have been cleared of wrongdoing in the incident, authorities said Monday. A Mexican federal judge ordered only one official, an agent of the state prosecutor's office, to stand trial on charges of aiding the escape of two men arrested March 3 in the gunfight at a busy intersection, officials said.
NEWS
May 5, 1994 | SEBASTIAN ROTELLA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a politically charged clash over the arrest of Baja California's deputy attorney general on drug corruption charges, the state's governor Wednesday criticized federal authorities for accosting the official at gunpoint and unfairly accusing him in the murder of the city's police chief. Describing the accusations as a "total political irresponsibility," Gov.
NEWS
September 16, 1996 | ANNE-MARIE O'CONNOR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ernesto Ibarra Santes began investigating the leaders of the so-called Tijuana drug cartel three years ago as a professional investigator's duty, his colleagues say. Then, when a close friend was gunned down in 1994 trying to arrest one of the notorious Arellano Felix brothers, he began to describe his work as an intensely personal mission, several who knew him said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 16, 2002 | ANNE-MARIE O'CONNOR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was never an address for the faint of heart. Yet when 1,500 well-armed federal police raided Tijuana's notorious La Mesa State Penitentiary two weeks ago, and bulldozed the sprawling village prisoners built in its courtyard, the inmates' children cried. The infamous penitentiary--a carnivalesque casbah that sprouted its own homes, shops, prostitutes and drug-dealing gangs--was the only home many of the children had ever known. "It was a little city within a city.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 25, 2002 | Jessica Garrison, Times Staff Writer
There's one thing Sister Antonia did not leave behind when she swapped her upscale Southern California life for a nun's habit and a tiny cell in one of Mexico's most notorious prisons. Her giggle. In between visits of succor and support to a seemingly endless number of prisoners and guards, the 76-year-old, who stands 5 feet 2, erupts in peals of laughter from dawn till dark.
NEWS
May 8, 1994 | SEBASTIAN ROTELLA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Amid assassinations, drug violence and political combat, Ernesto Ruffo Appel still projects the image of the down-to-earth businessman who five years ago became Mexico's first opposition governor. The signs of changing times are unmistakable, however. The man who once shunned ostentatious entourages, mixing easily with dockworkers and Japanese investors alike, now travels around Baja California with a phalanx of wary bodyguards.
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