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NEWS
April 10, 1997 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
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WORLD
August 24, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
NEWS
June 5, 1985 | United Press International
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.
WORLD
August 8, 2010 | By Tracy Wilkinson and Ken Ellingwood, Los Angeles Times
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.
NEWS
October 11, 2009 | Mike Melia, Melia writes for the Associated Press
With a stucco mansion in the hills outside San Juan and four luxury cars, including a Corvette, Wilfredo Rodriguez lived well for a part-time worker on an airport ground crew. U.S. prosecutors say Rodriguez, who wrapped cargo in plastic for American Airlines, built his fortune over the last decade by smuggling drugs aboard commercial flights -- one small slice of the hundreds of tons of South American cocaine that flow through Puerto Rico to the U.S. mainland each year. His arrest last month highlights the challenges for law enforcement authorities on this U.S. Caribbean territory, as traffickers flood the island with drug money and make it one of the most violent places under the American flag.
WORLD
April 2, 2010 | By Tracy Wilkinson
Drug traffickers fighting to control northern Mexico have turned their guns and grenades on the Mexican army, authorities said, in an apparent escalation of warfare that played out across multiple cities in two border states. In coordinated attacks, gunmen in armored cars and equipped with grenade launchers fought army troops this week and attempted to trap some of them in two military bases by cutting off access and blocking highways, a new tactic by Mexico's organized criminals.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 12, 1985 | From Reuters
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 7, 2012 | By Sam Quinones, Los Angeles Times
In its heyday, World Famous VIP Records in Long Beach had a full-time disc jockey playing music for customers, and clerks learned their clients' tastes so well they knew what to put on as soon as customers walked in the store. Over the years, VIP became a family owned chain, with 14 locations across Los Angeles County, the Long Beach store eventually emerging as the flagship. Now owned by Kelvin Anderson, VIP in Long Beach midwifed the careers of some of America's best-known hip-hop stars.
WORLD
August 9, 2013 | By Tracy Wilkinson
MEXICO CITY -- The former boss of slain DEA agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena says the 1985 killing was a game changer, both in how the U.S. worked with Mexico on narcotics enforcement and how the traffickers themselves operated. James Kuykendall, who served as resident agent in charge in the Drug Enforcement Administration's office in Guadalajara in the 1980s, recalled Camarena's slaying after learning that the drug lord convicted in the crime was freed from prison Friday on a technicality.
WORLD
May 15, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
About 30,000 Hondurans wearing white and waving handkerchiefs marched in the northern city of San Pedro Sula to condemn a bloody crime wave fueled by violence between rival drug gangs. "We want peace, we want peace!" shouted the marchers who took to the streets of the country's second-largest city, home to drug traffickers fighting to control routes of Colombian cocaine bound for the United States. Some marchers carried photographs of relatives killed in the violence.
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