Police Chief Carmen Smith says he knows three things about suspected drug trafficker Artemio Corona: He's from Mexico, prefers a Glock .40-caliber handgun, and is quite possibly growing marijuana on the Indian reservation that Mr. Smith patrols.The infamous Modelo beer cans and tortillas packages, the calling card of any red-blooded Mexican drug trafficker, also make an appearance. Here's a Jorge Fernández Menéndez column on the article.
Last year, Mr. Smith's detectives identified Mr. Corona as the alleged mastermind behind several large marijuana plantations on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation in central Oregon. These "grows," as police call them, had a harvest of 12,000 adult plants, with an estimated street value of $10 million. Five suspects were arrested and pleaded guilty to federal trafficking charges. But their alleged boss, Mr. Corona, who has not been indicted, remains a "person of interest" to federal authorities and hasn't been found.
Sunday, November 8, 2009
This Week's American News Story Making Waves in Mexico
It was this Wall Street Journal piece on Mexican traffickers on Indian reservations in the US: