At the point known locally as the "world's busiest border crossing," between Tijuana and San Ysidro, Calif. The number of U. Howls of pain rose from local businessmen as the supply of vacationing gringo customers dried up. Customs agents at every one of the 15 official crossings into Mexico carried out an excruciating campaign of car-trunk by car-trunk inspection known as Operation Camarena.
District Judge Edward Rafeedie said prosecutors failed to tell defense attorneys that a Mexican police officer reportedly saw a doctor who was not Humberto Alvarez Machain administering drugs to Camarena during his torture and interrogation Feb.
Saying the government had failed to produce any credible evidence, Rafeedie dismissed all charges against Alvarez Machain on Monday, and the Guadalajara gynecologist returned to Mexico Tuesday.
The dismissal came in the midst of the doctor's trial with co- defendant Ruben Zuno Arce, Alvarez Machain was charged with murder and conspiracy, while Zuno was charged with kidnapping and conspiracy. Zuno remains on trial and the jury of four women and eight men began deliberations shortly before 3: With the jury outside the courtoom, Rafeedie said he received the new information from prosecutors earlier this week, but the defense did not know about it until the judge discussed it in court Wednesday.
Under federal law, prosecutors must share all evidence with the defense as soon as possible. Rafeedie said he found the prosecution's actions 'very disturbing' and would look into the matter further before discussing it again in court.
Defense attorneys immediately asked for a mistrial on grounds of prosecutorial misconduct. Rafeedie did not rule on the request. Zuno allegedly developed the plan in which drug traffickers kidnapped Camarena and brought him to the Guadalajara home of a drug kingpin where he was tortured and killed.
Alvarez Machain was accused of injecting the heart drug, Lidocaine, into the U. In dismissing charges against Alvarez Machain, the judge said the government had produced no evidence that the doctor injected anybody with anything.
Department of Justice, intended to railroad an innocent man to a life prison term,' Rubin and Hoffman said. Rafeedie indicated he would listen to defense motions regarding the evidence later and said it will be disclosed.
Prosecutors said they received the evidence from the FBI office in Phoenix on the eve of the discussion in court about Alavarez Machain's aquittal on the grounds of insufficent evidence.
Wrong doctor may have been tried in Camarena case. By. withheld evidence indicating the wrong Mexican doctor may have been tried in the murder-torture of U.S. drug agent Enrique Camarena. Prior to beginning work on this assignment, read The Enrique Camarena Case A Forensic Nightmare (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.. Please address the following in detail: Catalog the forensic evidence found in the Camarena Case. Rafael Caro Quintero, a drug trafficker serving a year sentence for masterminding the kidnapping, torture and murder of U.S. drug agent Enrique "Kiki" Camarena .
But Medrano said the statement from the former Mexican policeman was 'obtained by torture. The prosecution hinged its case against Zuno largely on testimony from Jorge Godoy and Ruben Lopez, former Mexican police officers who once were employed as bodyguards for drug cartel chiefs.
During his final arguments to the jury, defense attorney Ed Medvene said the prosecution's two key witnesses are 'despicable human beings' who torturedpeople, took bribes and killed people in Mexico. Medvene said Godoy and Lopez made up stories about Zuno's involvment in the huge drug cartel in Guadalajara in The defense attorney ridiculed the prosecution's claims that Zuno was involved in any way with the cartel that gave huge payoffs to a variety of Mexican officials and police commanders, including the secretary of defense and the head of the Interior Department.
Zuno's trial has been denounced by the Mexican government. Some of the officials implicated in the Camarena killing and drug cartel still hold high government offices. Zuno was convicted in on similar charges, but Rafeedie threw out that case because of conduct he said was inappropriate by the prosecution.
Prosecutors base much of their case on the allegation that inmany of the federal and state politicians and police were controlled by the drug cartel run by Ernesto Fonseca and Rafael Caro Quintero. The prosecution claims Camarena was killed because the DEA was responsible for the drug cartel's loss of billions of dollars in marijuana and cash seized in raids in Mexico and the United States.
So far more than 20 people have been convicted in Mexico and the United States in connection with the Camarena case.Enrique S. "Kiki" Camarena Salazar (July 26, – February 9, ) was a Mexican-born American undercover agent for the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) who was abducted on February 7, , and then tortured and murdered, while on assignment in Mexico.
RUNNING HEAD: CASE STUDY ANALYSIS, THE ENRIQUE CAMARENA CASE 1 Case Study Analysis, The Enrique Camarena Case Kandy Torres CRJ Forensics Instructor: Timothy Knox June 30, On February 7, , Enrique S. "Kiki" Camarena, a Mexican-born American undercover agent for the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), was abducted on February 7, , and then %(9).
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RUNNING HEAD: CASE STUDY ANALYSIS, THE ENRIQUE CAMARENA CASE 1 Case Study Analysis, The Enrique%(9). Enrique Camarena-Salazar, an agent for the Drug Enforcement Admin- istration involved in an undercover investigation of Mexican narcotics smugglers, disappeared outside of the American consulate in .
Enrique Camarena initiated one of the most extensive forensic investigations ever conducted by the FBI Laboratory. See article p. 1. The FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin (ISSN) is published monthly by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, 10th and Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Washington, DC Second-Class postage paid at Washington, DC.
Catalog the forensic evidence found in the Camarena Case. Summarize the steps followed by the crime scene investigators including the mistakes and/or correct steps followed to process the scene through the criminal justice system.