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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 7

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THE PALM BEACH POST THURSDAY, MARCH 26, 1998 7A it Mexican army aided drag lords 0 ',, ,- i - f A The New York Times WASHINGTON For a year the Clinton administration has presented the stunning arrest of Mexico's drug-enforcement chief as proof of that government's strong will to fight corruption. But now U.S. analysts have concluded that the case shows much 4, CLEARANCE e SALE s 3 nave nniv wider military involvement with drug traffickers than the Mexi and the country's biggest drug mafia, officials say. Exactly what transpired remains unclear. But the officials say there is growing evidence that military officers discussed a deal to let the drug gang operate in exchange for huge bribes, and that some such arrangement may have been in place before the gang's leader, Amado Carrillo Fuentes, died after extensive plastic surgery last year. The Gutierrez Rebollo case initially raised fears that he might have passed sensitive intelligence to members of Carrillo Fuentes' gang. But U.S. officials say it now points to the possible collusion of military officials who are central to U.S. drug enforcement efforts in Mexico. Some intelligence officials, have questioned aspects of the,-report, officials said, describing them as speculative. But drug-enforcement officials still pre4 sented it to Attorney General Janet Reno Feb. 6. , X: Beyond that, officials say the" report has been very closely held, because of the sensitivity of the intelligence and the volatility-, of the politics that surround iu , i With strong U.S. support;; President Ernesto Zedilloj brought the military into law en-forcement in 1996 because it was; seen as the only alternative to the" country's deeply corrupt police. . can authorities have acknowl edged. fl""" Mil 11 I Hil.1 Ni hBW1tttlllk 1 5 According to an extensive classified report by the Drue En forcement Administration and other intelligence assessments. MOVER 15o SETS ON 561 688-1007 the arrest last year of the former official, Gen. Jesus Gutierrez Re- C SALE f Florida 1 Largest 22api22!s' iuii nee i-ooo-umci ic Selection of cnrr nri iwmv 3978 Okeechobee Blvd., WPB, FL 33409 Barstoolsfr Dinettes E "VEnY m, , Toll Free 1-888-DINETTE Hours: Okeechobee bollo, followed secret meetings Blvd., just west ol Palm Beach Lakes Blvd., between Mexican army officers on me south side ol the street M-F 10-6 Sat. 70-5 Closed Sunday . 1 y Prosecutor says .. motive was anger BUTLER T!I From 14 . . a-. - ' l " scribes how an accused suppose, edly broke the law. "This is the most important document you're going to see in;-the whole trial," Butler said. This' document speaks volumes in this case." :". I" MS M ! i if 'i : I 0 j L.L. Ev The document said that Butler had told Baber and his wifel that he could arrange for Baber'S' case to be disposed of without-Baber going to jail but that Butler' "did not pro a Q vide details of how he would accomplish the promised results." 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' ' Butler referred to the Baber. family's testimony when he called the trial an ambush, even though Baber and his family had laid out ' the same scenarios in the depb-' sitions they gave before the triaL, Castillo also began his closing arguments with Butler's angry comments about Krischer, Castillo read from a transcript o Butler's statement to investigators in which he vows to be Krischer's "worst . . . nightmare." This was not a cocktail par ty," Castillo said, referring , to Butler's meeting with investigav tors. "We're talking about someone so possessed by anger, retribution and desire for revenge that he can't control himself. He can't suppress it even when it's in his best interest to do it." , !, 20-50ooff storewide! OFF REG. & ORIG. PRICES PLUS TERRIFIC VALUES -Wt--;f m'V . UK -r-: X- Ms- 1 x i - II Castillo then offered a motive for the "three co-conspirators." ; "Mr. Butler's was obvious," Castillo said, referring to Butler's comments about Krischer. Baber, desperately wanted to avoid pris on. And V. Ted Brabham, Butler's campaign manager also charged with bribery, "was simply greedy." ; "It was a conspiracy between the three of them to defeat Barry Krischer," Castillo said. Sale 2 for 29.99 Sale 49.99 25-30 off 30 off Our biggest baby sale! Our best baby and toddler basics from Carter's, OshKosh B'Gosh, 1st Impressions and others. All Bali9 packaged bras Your favorite classic, comfortable styles on sale at a great price! Reg. $19-26.50 Nine West Elizabeth pump High heel pump in leather or fabric. Sizes 514-1 0M. Reg. $65 Fashion handbags Selections from Nine West, Kenneth Cole and others. Reg. $35-$59 Sale 26.25-44.25 FOR ADDITIONAL SAVINGS! Castillo then ticked off the dates and amounts that Baber gave to Butler and Brabham,-along with corresponding depos-' its to each man's bank accounts and checks written against the' accounts. The $500,000 that Baber gave to Butler paid for pricey political, consultants and pollsters. Brar ham spent much of the $160,000. he received on a piece of land, a boat, a trailer and a trip to Las Vegas, Castillo said. As for the promissory notes that Butler said he had, and that proved the money from Babef was a loan Castillo said they did not exist. ' Butler's computer files con; tained six promissory notes, but r- I : 25 Off i H 20-50 Off Jewelry Diamonds, rubies, sapphires, sterling silver, 14K gold, more. Reg. $20-$50O0 Sale $10-54000 All Monet jewelry Including classic and simulated pearl styles. Reg. $8-$85 Sale $6-63.75 four of those were created just hours before Butler gave hi statement to investigators. And Butler could not produce signed copies of the documents, Castillo said. ; "He knew we were coming and he had no promissory note, and he tried to create it for our benefit and consumption,. 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