Mexican meth trade alarms U.S.


I wrote this piece for the Dallas Morning News. It was published on Sept. 5, 1995. APATZINGAN, Mexico – As tough times ravage most of Mexico, many people in this country town rumble around in flashy custom pickups, wear $300 ostrich-skin boots and plunk down cash for ritzy estates. There’s prosperity here, U.S. drug agents

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Drug gangs follow morbid routine


I wrote this piece for the Dallas Morning News. It was published on July 9, 1995. CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico – They’re tortured, shot and stabbed. Strangled, cut up and burned. Bound, gagged and bludgeoned. Drug gangs, by one estimate, have executed 57 rivals, informants, bodyguards, police officers and others in this border town since 1993.

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Mexico elite skip checks by customs


I wrote this story for the Dallas Morning News. It was published on April 9, 1995. MEXICO CITY – A billionaire media mogul, a former president’s son and dozens of other Mexican VIPs have been granted the privilege of flying into the United States without customs inspections at the border, government documents show. The U.S.

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Zapatistas urge resistance, not violence


I wrote this piece for the Dallas Morning News. It was published on Aug. 11, 1994. LACANDON JUNGLE, Mexico – Zapatista rebels, rallying supporters at a rain-soaked jungle convention, backed away this week from threats to renew military attacks after the presidential election, calling instead for nationwide nonviolent resistance. “We know that now is not

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Seized documents reveal rebels’ socialist aims


I wrote this story for the Dallas Morning News. It was published on Feb. 21, 1994. SAN CRISTOBAL DE LAS CASAS, Mexico – The children clapped. Women swooned. Men chanted, “Long live the Zapatista army!” And Mexican reporters scribbled, “I love Marcos!” on their blue jeans. Seven weeks after storming San Cristobal de las Casas,

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