December 5, 2000 |
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.
April 14, 2000 |
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.
June 14, 1999 |
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.
December 18, 1998 |
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.
December 11, 1998 |
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.
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May 21, 1998 |
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.