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January 20, 2008 | Richard Marosi and Rebecca Trounson, Times Staff Writers
A U.S. Border Patrol agent pursuing suspected drug smugglers along the California-Mexico border was struck and killed Saturday by one of the fleeing vehicles, agency officials said. The agent was trying to stop two vehicles that had illegally entered the U.S. from Mexico when he was hit, said agent Jeremy Schappell, a spokesman for the Border Patrol's Yuma sector. He said the incident occurred about 9:30 a.m.
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May 4, 2000
Warnings of yet another mining pollution disaster were issued by the Romanian government after it was discovered that a leak had occurred at a waste storage pond containing huge amounts of various materials, including heavy metals. The leak followed three previous spills of cyanide and heavy metals from gold mining operations in northern Romania into the Tisza River during February and March, causing a large-scale ecological disaster.
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September 25, 2010 | By Richard Marosi, Los Angeles Times
An inspector for U.S. Customs and Border Protection was charged Friday with conspiring to smuggle cocaine and methamphetamine through his inspection lane at the California-Mexico border crossing in Calexico, federal authorities said. The officer, Oscar Osbaldo Ortiz-Martinez, a two-year veteran, allegedly accepted $52,000 in bribes from informants and federal undercover agents posing as drug traffickers in exchange for allowing what he believed were drug-laden cars to pass through his lane without inspection.
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December 4, 1990 | PATRICK McDONNELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The U.S. Customs Service plans to deploy another 120 inspectors along the California-Mexico border, but authorities say little immediate relief is in sight from the frustrating traffic delays that now plague the busy crossings.
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December 1, 2011 | By Richard Marosi, Los Angeles Times
Smugglers stacked the bundles of dope on a freight elevator that descended to an underground staging area, where electric carts whisked the marijuana down a tunnel into California. The passageway linked a warehouse in Tijuana with another nondescript building in San Diego, and just like several other drug tunnels, its discovery this week yielded another jackpot seizure. More than 32 tons of marijuana were seized in connection with the tunnel investigation, making it one of the largest drug seizures in U.S. history, and the latest in a series of enormous busts along the California-Mexico border.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 14, 1995 | LEN HALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The controversial Border Patrol checkpoint on Interstate 5 seven miles south of here will again close temporarily as part of an ongoing evaluation of its need, an agency spokeswoman said Monday. Ann Summers, a Border Patrol supervisor, said the 71-year-old checkpoint will close "sometime in late February" and its 80 agents will be transferred to the California-Mexico border for about six weeks, in time for the anticipated seasonal surge in illegal immigrant crossings.
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April 16, 1991 | PATRICK McDONNELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A judge in Imperial County dismissed criminal charges Monday against two Mexican consulate staff members who were accused of bribing a Calexico official with $600 in an effort to learn the identity of a U.S. Border Patrol agent involved in a controversial shooting. The likelihood that the two were eligible for diplomatic immunity figured in the decision of the Imperial County district attorney's office to request that charges be dropped, authorities said.
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September 10, 1992 | JOHN H. LEE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Army Corps of Engineers announced plans Wednesday to erect scores of floodlights along a 13-mile strip of land on the U.S.-Mexico border to deter drug smugglers and illegal aliens. The proposal calls for raising 150 poles up to 60 feet tall that would support banks of lights and power lines, an Army spokesman said. The concrete and wooden poles would be installed on the north side of the international border about one mile inland from the Pacific Ocean.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 13, 1986 | From a Times Staff Writer
Rep. Jim Bates (D-San Diego), citing "misunderstandings" he said were caused by a news account, Friday scrapped legislation to establish federal criminal penalties for the use of excess force by federal law enforcement agents. Bates withdrew the bill, the subject of a House Judiciary subcommittee hearing Thursday, after a news story on the hearing in The Times mistakenly quoted him as saying that some agents of the U.S. Border Patrol have a "Rambo-type" mentality.
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January 17, 1986 | H.G. REZA, Times Staff Writer
State Atty. Gen. John Van de Kamp told a congressional committee here Thursday that the illegal flow of drugs from Mexico into the United States is "out of control" and suggested that California may overtake Florida as the nation's "drug capital." To illustrate the point, Van de Kamp and other officials pointed to a recent surge in drug seizures along the California-Mexico border. According to Quintin L. Villanueva, regional commissioner for U.S.
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