CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 23, 2013 |
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.
November 19, 1989 |
The Coast Guard said it recovered about 200 pounds of cocaine last week floating in three ice chests near the offshore island of Vieques.
November 24, 1990 |
Police said Friday they had smashed a Colombian drug ring operating in Europe and seized 430 pounds of cocaine worth $12 million.
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.
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.
July 23, 1987 |
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.
August 1, 1989 |
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.
December 20, 1987 |
Cocaine worth up to $770,000 was found in a waste container in an Amtrak train traveling from New York to Toronto, Canadian customs officials have announced.
February 5, 1988 |
Cocaine seizures by the Drug Enforcement Administration totaled 35,970 kilograms in 1987, an increase of 8,800 kilograms over the year before, the agency has announced. It attributed the rise to increased cocaine abuse and "successful and aggressive law enforcement."
July 28, 1985 |
Naval authorities burned nearly 400 pounds of cocaine contained in seven canvas bags, and an investigation was continuing into an international ring believed to be buying and selling the drug, authorities in southeastern Mexico said. The cocaine, seized early last week, was burned at naval installations on the Caribbean island of Isla Mujeres.