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May 10, 1996 | TONY PERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Forty-five men have been charged nationwide for buying child pornography in a U.S. Postal Service sting operation and several dozen more are expected to be charged, postal inspectors in San Diego and Washington announced Thursday. The sting was a continuation of an investigation that began when authorities arrested a San Diego electrical engineer in 1994 as a suspected ringleader of Overseas Male, which has been called the largest child pornography operation uncovered in this country.
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February 2, 2002 | RICHARD A. SERRANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Arrests of undocumented immigrants on the U.S. border from Southern California to the tip of Texas have fallen sharply since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, in some areas dropping more than 50% as officials report remarkably fewer people trying to slip into the United States. Authorities in Washington and along the nearly 2,000-mile-long border say that, while the sputtering U.S.
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NEWS
December 18, 1998 | From Associated Press
A 2 1/2-year federal and state investigation in which undercover agents taped telephone solicitations has produced criminal charges against nearly 1,000 telemarketers, Atty. Gen. Janet Reno told a news conference Thursday. More than 40 telemarketers were arrested Thursday, including 17 in Los Angeles and Orange counties, Reno said. In Operation Double Barrel, FBI agents, retired agents and senior citizens recruited by the American Assn.
NEWS
October 30, 2001 | MARISA SCHULTZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A coalition of civil rights groups on Monday called on the Justice Department to release the names of the estimated 900 prisoners the FBI has arrested or detained since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Filing a Freedom of Information request, 20 civil rights groups also demanded that the government release the nature of the charges filed against the prisoners, the dates they were detained and where they are being held.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 26, 1992 | ASHLEY DUNN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Federal authorities seized a Taiwanese fishing vessel and arrested 85 illegal immigrants from China on Tuesday, cracking a criminal operation they believe is part of a burgeoning seagoing smuggling industry that has surfaced in the past six months. Since August, federal agents have uncovered four such immigrant-smuggling operations--two in the Los Angeles area and two in Honolulu.
BUSINESS
August 19, 1995 | AMY HARMON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
From a computer terminal in his apartment in St. Petersburg, Russia, a Russian software engineer broke into a Citibank computer system in New York and with several accomplices stole more than $10 million by wiring it to accounts around the world, according to court documents and the U.S. attorney's office. Citibank said all but $400,000 of the stolen funds have been recovered.
NEWS
December 5, 2000 | From Associated Press
Hearing arguments in a case that could affect anyone who drives a car, Supreme Court justices debated whether people can be arrested for traffic violations punishable only by a fine. A Texas woman who was arrested, handcuffed and jailed because she and her children weren't wearing seat belts asked the justices Monday to rule that the police violated her constitutional protection against unreasonable arrests.
NEWS
August 23, 1991 | ROBERT JACKSON and HENRY WEINSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms announced Thursday that it had arrested more than 400 people on federal firearms charges, including many with lengthy criminal records. The overwhelming majority of those arrested, said ATF Director Stephen E. Higgins, had been out on the streets after serving time in prison for violent crimes such as rape, robbery and attempted murder. He called them "the cream of the crud."
NEWS
April 14, 2000 | ESTHER SCHRADER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Federal authorities said Thursday that they have broken up a Los Angeles-based drug trafficking operation that used the Federal Express overnight delivery system to ship tons of marijuana across the United States.
NEWS
October 30, 2001 | MARISA SCHULTZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A coalition of civil rights groups on Monday called on the Justice Department to release the names of the estimated 900 prisoners the FBI has arrested or detained since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Filing a Freedom of Information request, 20 civil rights groups also demanded that the government release the nature of the charges filed against the prisoners, the dates they were detained and where they are being held.
NEWS
December 5, 2000 | From Associated Press
Hearing arguments in a case that could affect anyone who drives a car, Supreme Court justices debated whether people can be arrested for traffic violations punishable only by a fine. A Texas woman who was arrested, handcuffed and jailed because she and her children weren't wearing seat belts asked the justices Monday to rule that the police violated her constitutional protection against unreasonable arrests.
NEWS
April 14, 2000 | ESTHER SCHRADER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Federal authorities said Thursday that they have broken up a Los Angeles-based drug trafficking operation that used the Federal Express overnight delivery system to ship tons of marijuana across the United States.
NEWS
June 14, 1999 | STEPHEN FUZESI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Increased public awareness and the threat of stricter penalties contributed to an almost 20% drop in nationwide arrests for drunk driving from 1986 to 1997, according to activists and a Justice Department study released Sunday. At the same time, the number of people behind bars or on probation for driving while intoxicated soared to more than 500,000, a jump of 90%--an indication that drunk drivers are receiving tougher sentences.
NEWS
December 18, 1998 | From Associated Press
A 2 1/2-year federal and state investigation in which undercover agents taped telephone solicitations has produced criminal charges against nearly 1,000 telemarketers, Atty. Gen. Janet Reno told a news conference Thursday. More than 40 telemarketers were arrested Thursday, including 17 in Los Angeles and Orange counties, Reno said. In Operation Double Barrel, FBI agents, retired agents and senior citizens recruited by the American Assn.
NEWS
December 11, 1998 | RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
They came through Mohawk territory, thousands of illegal Chinese immigrants crossing the mighty St. Lawrence River from Canada to New York in the rural tranquillity of an Indian reservation. Federal authorities Thursday announced the breakup of the largest immigrant smuggling conspiracy ever uncovered on the United States' northern border--and warned that the frontier with Canada could be as porous as that with Mexico.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 21, 1998 | DAVID ROSENZWEIG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Five Venezuelan nationals, including two bankers, laundered millions of dollars belonging to Latin American drug cartels, according to a federal indictment unsealed in Los Angeles on Wednesday in connection with Operation Casablanca, the largest drug money laundering case in U.S. history. The undercover investigation by U.S. Customs agents resulted in indictments earlier this week against more than 100 defendants, including three large Mexican banks and 26 Mexican bankers.
NEWS
March 4, 1995 | From Reuters
Mario Ruiz Massieu, who faced accusations this week of a cover-up in the investigation he headed into the murder of his brother, a top Mexican politician, was arrested in the United States on Friday for violating U.S. Customs laws, officials said. A Mexican government official, who asked not to be identified, said Ruiz Massieu was seized by U.S. Customs Service agents at a New York-area airport for carrying undeclared quantities of cash that exceeded the $10,000 limit allowable under U.S. law.
NEWS
March 6, 1995 | MARK FINEMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Even as former Special Prosecutor Mario Ruiz Massieu prepared to face a U.S. magistrate in New Jersey today on customs charges, investigators here were laying the groundwork for his possible extradition on accusations far more serious and bizarre: that he was part of a cover-up as chief investigator in his own brother's murder.
BUSINESS
May 20, 1998 | JAMES F. SMITH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Mexico's banking leaders are confronting an embarrassment so major that an equivalent case in the United States is hard to imagine. It's as if branch managers from America's 12 biggest banks had been arrested in a sting operation and charged with laundering drug money. That's precisely what happened to Mexico's banking industry Monday, when the U.S.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 20, 1998 | DAVID ROSENZWEIG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The just-concluded investigation of money laundering by Latin American drug cartels and Mexican bankers produced many close calls for the 10 U.S. Customs Service agents who worked undercover on the case for nearly three years. But no event proved more harrowing than one last fall when an agent, acting as a courier for the Cali, Colombia, cartel, was shot and wounded during a mission to New York to retrieve $500,000 in drug proceeds.
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