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March 10, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
A black-tar heroin ring that had operated for 15 years was broken as 12 people were arrested and more than $200,000 in drugs were seized, authorities said. The San Diego Narcotics Task Force seized 3.5 pounds of heroin, $28,000 in suspected drug money and six firearms in Friday's raids.
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April 18, 2013 | By Matt Stevens
An alleged Mission Viejo drug dealer is scheduled to be arraigned Friday on a charge of murder in the death of a 21-year-old woman by providing her with a lethal dose of drugs and then refusing to take her to the hospital after she lost consciousness. Prosecutors accuse Louis Richard Wood, 35, of being a heroin user and dealer for about a decade at the time of the Emma Wihlborg's death in November 2011. Wood had been in a relationship with Wihlborg, 21, for weeks, according to a statement from the Orange County district attorney's office.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 14, 2010 | Sam Quinones
Immigrants from an obscure corner of Mexico are changing heroin use in many parts of America. Farm boys from a tiny county that once depended on sugar cane have perfected an ingenious business model for selling a semi-processed form of Mexican heroin known as black tar. Using convenient delivery by car and aggressive marketing, they have moved into cities and small towns across the United States, often creating demand for heroin where there...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 26, 2012 | Jack Leonard and Robert Faturechi
A former Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy accused of trying to smuggle a burrito stuffed with heroin into a courthouse lockup was sentenced Monday to two years in jail. Henry Marin, who was once portrayed as a dim-witted bumbler on a reality television show that focused on sheriff's recruits, said nothing as a courtroom deputy handcuffed him and led him away to the type of cell he was once responsible for guarding. Marin, 27, was one of several sheriff's employees recently accused of smuggling narcotics and other contraband into jail for inmates.
NEWS
May 9, 1986
Federal drug agents and Louisiana troopers raided a hotel in Dallas and confiscated 23 1/2 pounds of Mexican "black tar" heroin worth $20 million in street sales. It was the largest seizure of the drug in U.S. history, officials said. Five people were arrested. Louisiana State Police Col. Wiley McCormick said the raid followed a yearlong investigation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 8, 2009 | Tony Barboza
A 25-year-old Anaheim man is scheduled to appear in court today on charges of possessing and transporting 95 pounds of black-tar heroin, in connection with what authorities are calling the largest seizure of the drug in the history of California's narcotics bureau. The discovery was made over the weekend when agents served a search warrant on Gerardo Medina Hernandez's vehicle and home. They said they found the suspect unloading the heroin from compartments built into the front wheel wells of his SUV. Authorities estimated the street value of the heroin at $10 million, state Atty.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 16, 2010 | By Sam Quinones, Last Of Three Parts
As a boy, Esteban Avila had only a skinny old horse and two pairs of pants, and he lived in a swampy neighborhood called The Toad. He felt stranded across a river from the rest of the world and wondered about life on the other side. He saw merchants pay bands to serenade them in the village plaza and dreamed of doing the same. He had a girlfriend but no hope of marrying her because her father was the village butcher and expected a good life for his daughter. Then Avila found an elixir and took it with him when, at 19, he went to the United States.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 26, 2012 | Jack Leonard and Robert Faturechi
A former Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy accused of trying to smuggle a burrito stuffed with heroin into a courthouse lockup was sentenced Monday to two years in jail. Henry Marin, who was once portrayed as a dim-witted bumbler on a reality television show that focused on sheriff's recruits, said nothing as a courtroom deputy handcuffed him and led him away to the type of cell he was once responsible for guarding. Marin, 27, was one of several sheriff's employees recently accused of smuggling narcotics and other contraband into jail for inmates.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 18, 2013 | By Matt Stevens
An alleged Mission Viejo drug dealer is scheduled to be arraigned Friday on a charge of murder in the death of a 21-year-old woman by providing her with a lethal dose of drugs and then refusing to take her to the hospital after she lost consciousness. Prosecutors accuse Louis Richard Wood, 35, of being a heroin user and dealer for about a decade at the time of the Emma Wihlborg's death in November 2011. Wood had been in a relationship with Wihlborg, 21, for weeks, according to a statement from the Orange County district attorney's office.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 21, 2008 | Rong-Gong Lin II
Two heroin users have become ill with botulism, and a third is showing symptoms of the infection, which can cause paralysis and death, according to Los Angeles County public health officials. The cases, all in the Long Beach-South Bay area, have led authorities to suspect that the local heroin supply may be contaminated with toxin-producing bacteria. Most of the heroin sold in California comes from Mexico and is sold as a viscous dark-colored liquid, instead of the refined, white powder variety from Asia.
OPINION
February 18, 2010
Taking on heroin Re "A lethal business model targets Middle America," Feb. 14, "Black tar moves in, and death follows," Feb. 15, and "Xalisco's good life can mean death in the U.S.," Feb. 16 Reading your series made me more mad about what the drug pushers have done to our children here in the United States. I'm a father of a former drug addict who has been clean for more than six years. Almost everywhere I go, I hear of people who have had a relative or someone they know involved in drugs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 16, 2010 | By Sam Quinones, Last Of Three Parts
As a boy, Esteban Avila had only a skinny old horse and two pairs of pants, and he lived in a swampy neighborhood called The Toad. He felt stranded across a river from the rest of the world and wondered about life on the other side. He saw merchants pay bands to serenade them in the village plaza and dreamed of doing the same. He had a girlfriend but no hope of marrying her because her father was the village butcher and expected a good life for his daughter. Then Avila found an elixir and took it with him when, at 19, he went to the United States.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 14, 2010 | Sam Quinones
Immigrants from an obscure corner of Mexico are changing heroin use in many parts of America. Farm boys from a tiny county that once depended on sugar cane have perfected an ingenious business model for selling a semi-processed form of Mexican heroin known as black tar. Using convenient delivery by car and aggressive marketing, they have moved into cities and small towns across the United States, often creating demand for heroin where there...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 8, 2009 | Tony Barboza
A 25-year-old Anaheim man is scheduled to appear in court today on charges of possessing and transporting 95 pounds of black-tar heroin, in connection with what authorities are calling the largest seizure of the drug in the history of California's narcotics bureau. The discovery was made over the weekend when agents served a search warrant on Gerardo Medina Hernandez's vehicle and home. They said they found the suspect unloading the heroin from compartments built into the front wheel wells of his SUV. Authorities estimated the street value of the heroin at $10 million, state Atty.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 21, 2008 | Rong-Gong Lin II
Two heroin users have become ill with botulism, and a third is showing symptoms of the infection, which can cause paralysis and death, according to Los Angeles County public health officials. The cases, all in the Long Beach-South Bay area, have led authorities to suspect that the local heroin supply may be contaminated with toxin-producing bacteria. Most of the heroin sold in California comes from Mexico and is sold as a viscous dark-colored liquid, instead of the refined, white powder variety from Asia.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 10, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
A black-tar heroin ring that had operated for 15 years was broken as 12 people were arrested and more than $200,000 in drugs were seized, authorities said. The San Diego Narcotics Task Force seized 3.5 pounds of heroin, $28,000 in suspected drug money and six firearms in Friday's raids.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 21, 1998 | EVELYN LARRUBIA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A North Hollywood man was sentenced Tuesday to four years in prison for using his 9-year-old son to help him sell heroin. Police arrested Antolin Chaidez on Oct. 6, after he sold $20 of black tar heroin to undercover police for the second time in the parking lot of a Sun Valley fast-food restaurant. Investigators said the boy translated to Spanish what the undercover officer said during the deals. But they suspect the child also played a larger role.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 29, 1986 | SCOTT HARRIS, Times Staff Writer
A potent but relatively inexpensive form of Mexican heroin known as "black tar" helped to triple the number of heroin overdose deaths in Los Angeles County in recent years, and is now proliferating across the United States, law enforcement authorities said Friday. The unpredictable "black tar," or simply "tar"--nicknamed for its color and gummy texture--is fueling a resurgence in the use of heroin and its attendant peril, authorities say.
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March 21, 1998 | THOMAS H. MAUGH II, TIMES MEDICAL WRITER
Injection drug users in California are suffering a "dramatic increase" in wound botulism, a serious, often fatal infection caused by spores from a common soil bacterium, researchers reported this week. Also being seen among the same population are smaller, but still noticeable, increases in tetanus and necrotizing fasciitis, the latter caused by the so-called flesh-eating bacteria.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 21, 1998 | EVELYN LARRUBIA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A North Hollywood man was sentenced Tuesday to four years in prison for using his 9-year-old son to help him sell heroin. Police arrested Antolin Chaidez on Oct. 6, after he sold $20 of black tar heroin to undercover police for the second time in the parking lot of a Sun Valley fast-food restaurant. Investigators said the boy translated to Spanish what the undercover officer said during the deals. But they suspect the child also played a larger role.
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