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HUNTINGTON PARK : 14 Suspected 'Bandit' Cab Drivers Arrested

July 25, 1993|MARY HELEN BERG

The city recruited reserve police officers and diverted officers from other details to aid in a sting operation that nabbed 14 suspected bandit cabdrivers.

Most of the drivers were flagged down July 17 by undercover officers posing as riders between 7 p.m. and 2 a.m. along Pacific Boulevard and Florence Avenue, said Sgt. Desmond Fitzgerald, traffic supervisor for the Police Department.

Police impounded the cars and arrested the drivers on suspicion of operating cabs without proper licenses and other violations. Four of those arrested were driving without driver's licenses, two had suspended licenses and two others had outstanding traffic warrants, Fitzgerald said.

The men face a maximum fine of $500 and six months in jail.

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