Mexican heroin supply tied to Plano deaths


I wrote this piece for the Dallas Morning News. It was published on June 27, 1999. Maybe it was the cool afternoon breeze. Or the glassful of mezcal, a potent liquor made from cactus. No matter, Adolfo Corea was suddenly overcome with pride. “This is great country,” said the barefoot 50-something man, who sold crackers

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Changing face of nudist refuge


I wrote this feature for the Dallas Morning News. It was published on March 30, 1998. ZIPOLITE, Mexico – Like something out of a Cheech and Chong movie, a shaggy-haired hippie strolls along an ivory stretch of sand, peddling his wares to naked sun worshipers. “Want any suntan lotion? ” he asks a woman wearing

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DEA: Mexican drug lord “not Robin Hood”


I wrote this story for the Dallas Morning News. It was published on Oct. 12, 1996. MEXICO CITY – Like some illustrious head of state, Amado Carrillo Fuentes has loyal, heavily armed guards who would, and sometimes do, die for him in a flash. He uses ultra-sophisticated communications equipment, and he sends advance teams wherever

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Mexico fights its own police in drug war


I wrote this piece for the Dallas Morning News. It was published on Aug. 18, 1996. MEXICO CITY – Corrupt police officials dominate Mexico’s anti-drug forces, giving free rein to the murderous cartels that flood the United States with illicit drugs, current and former Mexican police commanders say. The urgency of the problem was underscored

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Poisoned justice


I wrote this story for the Dallas Morning News. It was published on Nov. 30, 1995. MEXICO CITY – They’re savvy enough to penetrate government’s highest levels and ruthless enough to eliminate almost any adversary. They employ a virtual army, 350,000 strong. And they’ve got money, lots of it, earning as much as $28 billion

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