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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.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 9, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
State agents arrested four men involved in a suspected drug trafficking organization in San Bernardino County and seized more than 100 pounds of methamphetamine and nine pounds of cocaine, authorities said Wednesday. The four reputed members of La Familia Michoacana were involved in an enterprise that distributed drugs across California, according to the state Department of Justice. Agents with the department and other members of a special task force launched a month-long investigation that led to an undercover officer buying 10 pounds of methamphetamine Tuesday night.
SPORTS
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.
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.
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
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.
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 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.
NEWS
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.
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