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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.
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 | 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.
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.
December 20, 1987 | Associated Press
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 | Associated Press
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 | Associated Press
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.
April 3, 1989
Cocaine users may risk an illness they had not bargained for--arsenic poisoning. Three doctors reported in the New England Journal of Medicine last week that they treated an 18-year-old man who developed nausea, vomiting, profuse diarrhea and a painful tingling after repeated use of cocaine. When they examined him, they also uncovered muscle weakness in the legs, an inability to sense pain, temperature change and vibration in the hands and feet.
June 28, 2013 | Emily Foxhall
More than 1,000 pounds of illegal fireworks, a quarter-pound of cocaine and a stolen firearm were discovered in a Los Angeles home this week by police. The items were found after police stopped Manuel Ortiz, 34, Tuesday night because his car windows were illegally tinted, said Sgt. Jerry Johnson of the Alhambra Police Department. Officers found bullets inside Ortiz's grey Chevrolet Camaro, Johnson said. He was also driving without a license, officials said. Ortiz, who police say is known as “Slim,” was previously convicted of felony burglary in 1998, Johnson said.
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