December 16, 1989 |
In their single biggest victory in the drug war, Colombian police Friday shot and killed notorious narcotics trafficker Gonzalo Rodriguez Gacha, who as a leader of the Medellin cartel waged a campaign of terror to maintain the world's biggest cocaine empire.
September 28, 1989 |
The government has returned 100 planes seized during a 6-week-old crackdown on drug traffickers, a Bogota daily said today. The planes were part of 375 aircraft confiscated since Aug. 19 when President Virgilio Barco Vargas ordered government security forces to hunt down suspected traffickers and seize their property. The National Drug Council decided that 180 of the aircraft had been used in drug trafficking and turned the planes over to the Colombian air force, the daily El Tiempo said.
April 10, 1997 |
President Ernesto Samper has raised the stakes in the nation's drug war by calling for an end to the constitutional ban on the extradition of cocaine traffickers and other criminals. The move, which could clear the way for jailed Cali cartel traffickers to be put on trial in the United States, must still be approved by Congress. Analysts say the issue is certain to be the subject of heated debate. U.S.
August 24, 2008 |
El Salvador's national police chief stepped down after local media reports accused two close advisors of corruption and links to drug traffickers. Two aides to Francisco Rovira resigned Friday after news media reports said one ran a private consulting firm with suspected drug traffickers as clients and the other used police license plates without authorization. "This morning, [Rovira] told me he wanted an open and transparent investigation and that's why I accepted his resignation," President Tony Saca said at a news conference.
June 5, 1985 |
The Interior Ministry fired 427 agents and 19 state commanders of its secret police force following a drug trafficking investigation prompted by the murder of a U.S. narcotics agent. The ministry said the arrests of drug traffickers Rafael Caro Quintero and Ernesto Fonseca, who are charged with the February kidnaping and murder of U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent Enrique Camarena Salazar, prompted the investigation of the Federal Security Directorate.
August 8, 2010 |
Nearly four years after President Felipe Calderon launched a military-led crackdown against drug traffickers, the cartels are smuggling more narcotics into the United States, amassing bigger fortunes and extending their dominion at home with such savagery that swaths of Mexico are now in effect without authority. The groups also are expanding their ambitions far beyond the drug trade, transforming themselves into broad criminal empires deeply involved in migrant smuggling, extortion, kidnapping and trafficking in contraband such as pirated DVDs.
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March 12, 1985 |
Two suspected Mexican drug traffickers were killed Monday when their U.S.-registered light plane exploded in mid-air in Colombia's northern department of Cordoba, police said. They quoted peasants as saying the plane burst into flames as it approached a clandestine jungle airstrip.
December 19, 2009
Understandably, Mexican President Felipe Calderon is trumpeting the navy's success in taking down Arturo Beltran Leyva, wanted in the United States and Mexico for his part in the $15-billion to $20-billion-a-year drug trade. He was a criminal known to behead his rivals and believed to be responsible for last year's killing of the federal police chief in his Mexico City home; he was the most powerful cartel boss to be removed by security forces since Calderon launched his drug war in 2006.
July 19, 2008 |
At least eight alleged drug traffickers were killed during a raid in a Rio de Janeiro shantytown, police said. A state police spokeswoman said officers were met by gunfire when they arrived at the Minha Deusa slum. The agents seized drugs, rifles, grenades and ammunition, she said. Rio is one of the world's most violent cities and the site of frequent shootouts between police and drug gangs.