Mexican police chief: Hands off drug traffickers


I wrote this story for the Dallas Morning News. It was published on July 30, 2005. It’s about Omar Pimentel, who was chief of police in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, before his disappearance in 2006. NUEVO LAREDO, Mexico – After seeing eight officers murdered during his first 15 days on the job, Police Chief Omar Pimentel

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Uphill fight against Mexican heroin trade


I wrote this piece for the Dallas Morning News. It was published on Aug. 6, 2000. Call it what you want – smack, horse, white lady, junk, joy powder. Heroin means money by any name, and Mexican traffickers who peddle it are suddenly flush. All they have to do is spirit the drugs to the

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An unfinished story


I wrote this story for the Dallas Morning News. It was published on Feb. 28, 1999. This tiny Huichol village, with its primitive mud and stone huts, sits on a ledge overlooking a breathtaking rock-walled canyon in the state of Jalisco. It’s rugged terrain, an area Philip True once called “John Huston country: a 100-mile

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In Tijuana, death threats are a way of life


I wrote this piece for the Dallas Morning News. It was published Dec. 5, 1999. The telephone rang at precisely 7:10 p.m. “Hello?” said Lourdes Felguerez, a local human-rights activist. Funeral music crackled over the line and then a man spoke. “The night of the vampires has begun,” he hissed. “There’s going to be blood.

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Teen drug traffickers


I wrote this two-part series for the Dallas Morning News. It was published on Nov. 5-6, 1999. Young smugglers, hired by the promise of easy money, are paying a high price First of two parts. CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico – Erik has youthful good looks and a quick smile. Just the kind of guy people trust.

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