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March 17, 2010
Texas Rangers Manager Ron Washington said he made a "huge mistake" when he used cocaine and failed a Major League Baseball drug test last season. In his first public acknowledgment, Washington apologized Wednesday for his behavior, eight months after he told Rangers President Nolan Ryan , who turned down the manager's offer to resign. "I made a huge mistake and it almost caused me to lose everything I have worked for all of my life," Washington said at a news conference.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 23, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
A drug trafficker working for organized crime in New York kept millions of dollars and dozens of kilograms of cocaine in his homes in Beverly Hills, prosecutors said Thursday. Alessandro Taloni pleaded guilty in a Brooklyn, N.Y., federal court Thursday morning to trafficking cocaine for the Rizzuto crime family of the Italian mafia. Taloni has dual Canadian and Italian citizenship and two homes in Beverly Hills, federal prosecutors said. In a sweeping indictment returned in April, prosecutors accused Taloni and four other men of operating an elaborate cocaine, marijuana and ecstasy trafficking operation for the last 10 years involving the Rizutto and Bonanno crime families, the Hells Angels, the Sinaloa Cartel in Mexico and Native Americans from the Akwesasne Mohawk reservation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 30, 2014 | Anthony Clark Carpio
Huntington Beach police on Tuesday seized $1.3 million in cocaine hidden in the trunk of a car that had been pulled over for a routine traffic violation, authorities said. Officers said they found roughly 27 kilograms of packaged cocaine tucked in the space of the Nissan Sentra where the spare tire would normally be stored. Panorama City residents Antonio Tzampop, 44, and Jose Campos, 39, were booked on suspicion of being in possession of a controlled substance, according to a press release.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 9, 2014 | By Richard Winton and Kate Mather
This post has been updated. See note below for details. A Los Angeles Police Department motorcycle officer struck Saturday by a driver allegedly under the influence of cocaine has died of his injuries, officials said. "It is with great sadness and a heavy heart we regret to announce the passing of our #LAPD Brother in Blue. RIP We will miss you!" the LAPD said in a Twitter message. Qaneak Shaney Cobb, 33, faces a felony DUI charge, and prosecutors allege that she was under the influence of cocaine in her Chevrolet Blazer when she rear-ended the officer as he was stopped at a traffic light Saturday in North Hollywood.
NEWS
November 19, 1989 | Associated Press
The Coast Guard said it recovered about 200 pounds of cocaine last week floating in three ice chests near the offshore island of Vieques.
NEWS
November 24, 1990 | Reuters
Police said Friday they had smashed a Colombian drug ring operating in Europe and seized 430 pounds of cocaine worth $12 million.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 19, 2014 | By Matt Stevens
A 28-year-old man was arrested in Long Beach this week after a routine traffic stop led authorities to search his home, where they reported finding about 80 pounds of cocaine. Police said they stopped Hildefonso Angulo of Long Beach for a traffic violation Monday in the 6900 block of Atlantic Avenue. Angulo seemed “unusually nervous,” police said in a statement, and was found to be driving without a license. During a search of Angulo's car, police said they discovered “highly suspicious” packaging material.
NEWS
August 16, 1987
Police discovered 253 pounds of cocaine in the freight depot at Brussels international airport in the largest haul of the drug ever made in Europe, the Belgian news agency Belga reported Saturday.
NEWS
July 23, 1987 | From Reuters
A gang of airport workers was caught Wednesday as they tried to smuggle 57 pounds of cocaine into the United States by hiding white bags of the drug in flowers for export, police said.
NEWS
August 1, 1989 | From United Press International
Federal agents chased down a small plane hauling nearly 2,000 pounds of cocaine Monday, seized its $83-million cargo and arrested the pilot, the only person on board, authorities said.
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