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By New York Times News Service | January 21, 2007
MEXICO CITY -- Breaking with long-standing practice, Mexico extradited four major drug traffickers to the United States late Friday and sent a signal that the country's newly elected president, Felipe Calderon, is serious about cooperating with his northern neighbor to dismantle cartels. U.S. law enforcement officials have long complained about Mexican reluctance to hand over drug traffickers indicted in crimes north of the Rio Grande, and many drug kingpins have continued to operate their deadly networks from inside Mexican prisons, where they have been able to corrupt officials.
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By New York Times News Service | May 23, 1995
MEXICO CITY -- Faced with a growing threat from narcotics traffickers, President Ernesto Zedillo has ordered the Mexican military to take a greater role in the anti-drug fight, including the use of air force jets to intercept planes loaded with cocaine, Mexican and U.S. officials say.The move represents an important shift in policy after years in which successive Mexican administrations, worried about tempting the military with new opportunities for corruption,...
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By LOS ANGELES TIMES | June 10, 2005
MEXICO CITY - Printing shop owner Alejandro Dominguez Coello was the only man brave enough to accept the police chief's job in the violence-wracked border town of Nuevo Laredo. Six police officials have been killed there since February, and city officials had searched for weeks before hiring Dominguez. Within hours of taking office Wednesday, the new chief was killed in a hail of gunfire, presumably by drug traffickers. The ambush of Dominguez , was one of the more audacious crimes in a string of drug-related killings that have terrorized Nuevo Laredo in recent months.
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By Tanya Jones and Tanya Jones,Sun Staff Writer | January 5, 1995
The Maryland State Police have agreed to prohibit troopers from stopping, detaining or searching motorists simply on the basis of race under a federal court settlement approved yesterday.As part of the settlement, the state police will pay $12,500 to each of four black plaintiffs, who accused the department of violating their civil right because troopers relied on a racial profile that said most drug traffickers were black.In addition, the state will pay $45,600 in legal fees.The suit, filed by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of a black Washington lawyer and his family, charged the state police with targeting black motorists for stops and searches.
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By New York Times News Service | May 24, 1993
WASHINGTON -- Cocaine smugglers working with Colombian drug cartels are starting to set up factories, warehouses and trucking companies in Mexico to exploit the flood of cross-border commerce expected under the North American Free Trade Agreement, U.S. intelligence and drug-enforcement officials say.The Mexican smugglers are buying and setting up the companies "as fronts for drug trafficking," says a report written by an intelligence officer at the U.S....
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By KENNETH E. SHARPE | December 15, 1991
Two years ago this week, a U.S. swat team of 27,000 troops invaded Panama, and arrested the chief drug lord, general and ruler, Manuel Noriega. U.S. Ambassador to Panama Deane Hinton called it "the biggest drug bust in history." The outcome of the current Noriega trial in Florida is still uncertain, but the evidence has already shown why the U.S. drug war in Latin America is condemned to failure.What has clearly emerged from the trial is how Panama's deposed leader and his military made a fortune by fighting on both sides in the drug war.General Noriega has a stack of letters from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration praising his cooperation: he helped the DEA make drug busts, confiscated a bank owned by a drug cartel and smashed a major cocaine lab. The United States was grateful for his help in spying on Cuba and aiding Nicaragua's contra exiles, and he received pay from the CIA (the U.S. government maintains it paid its man in Panama $320,000, while he claims $10 million)
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By G. JEFFERSON PRICE III | October 25, 2005
An Indian hero has died. Brother Jose Vetticattil of the Montfort Brothers of St. Gabriel, of Hyderabad in Central India, was not nearly as famous as Mother Teresa of Calcutta or Gandhi. But their spirit of peace, grace and charity was alive in him. Word reached me recently of the death of Brother Jose, as he was known to some of the most vulnerable and abused of Hyderabad's citizens, whom he helped. He died last month at age 49 after a massive heart attack. The date of his death was exactly one year after I met him in Hyderabad, where I had gone to visit a project he had founded 10 years earlier to rescue and restore children who were the victims of horrific abuses of sex traffickers.
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By Ginger Thompson and Ginger Thompson,Mexico City Bureau | January 5, 1993
BABORIGAME, Mexico -- In Latin America's war against drugs, the armies win some battles. Drug traffickers win others. But the most consistent losers are Indian families like those who live in this remote area of the Sierra Madre mountains.What happened last October in this Indian village of mud and wood huts is being held up as an example of how badly things can go wrong. Mexican soldiers stormed the village in a "marijuana raid," terrorizing the inhabitants, destroying their homes and killing their livestock.
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By Ginger Thompson and Ginger Thompson,Mexico City Bureau | January 5, 1993
BABORIGAME, Mexico -- In Latin America's war against drugs, the armies win some battles. Drug traffickers win others. But the most consistent losers are Indian families like those who live in this remote area of the Sierra Madre mountains.What happened last October in this Indian village of mud and wood huts is being held up as an example of how badly things can go wrong. Mexican soldiers stormed the village in a "marijuana raid," terrorizing the inhabitants, destroying their homes and killing their livestock.
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By Roger Twigg and David Simon and Roger Twigg and David Simon,Staff Writers | March 16, 1992
An interstate drug strike force has been approved by Gov. William Donald Schaefer to stop drug traffickers -- primarily from New York -- from sending teen-agers into Baltimore and other Maryland cities to set up street-level narcotics operations.The strike force is to be formally announced during the Governor's Summit on Violent Street Crime this Thursday at the Convention Center.Dr. Neil Solomon, chairman of the Governor's Drug and Alcohol Abuse Commission, said the new strike force, which is to be coordinated by state police investigators, is being organized to disrupt, intercept and dismantle any organized trafficking and to prosecute those who are arrested.
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