06/09/2009

Traffic stop leads to DEA probe and 68 convictions

By Dan Schiller
The Houston Chronicle

When South Houston police pulled over a gold Chevy Malibu for speeding on a summer afternoon in 2005, it marked the beginning of the end for at least 68 drug traffickers who over the next four years would be chased and charged with handling thousands of pounds of cocaine and millions of dollars for Mexican drug cartels.

• August 2005: South Houston police pull over a man who would later become a key informant
• MAY 2006: More than $2 million is found hidden in a bus travel-ing from the Houston area to the Mexican border
• April 2007: DEA agents secretly watch as a car is loaded with drugs at a Houston warehouse
• Dec. 2008: DEA and Houston police make arrests in the killing of a man mistaken for a drug boss
• May 2009: A woman who leased buses to a cartel gets life in prison; at least 67 others have been convicted

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