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September 6, 1995
Two Colombians arrested last year with nearly one ton of cocaine were sentenced to lengthy prison terms for drug trafficking, the Los Angeles district attorney's office said Tuesday. Carlos Ortiz, 42, was sent to state prison for 30 years and Ramon Franco Bejarano, 39, received a 29-year term, prosecutors said. The two men were convicted last week after a two week trial on various cocaine-linked charges, including conspiracy, transportation, possession and sale.
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January 27, 1999 | JOSEPH TREVINO and ANTONIO OLIVO, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Cyldana Sierra sat by the telephone all day Tuesday, anxiously waiting to learn whether her sister in Armenia, Colombia, was alive or dead. But with most phone lines down after a 6.0 earthquake killed at least 500 people there Monday, many of the roughly 80,000 Colombians in Southern California could only hold their breath until information trickled in. While rescue workers in Colombia combed through the rubble, Sierra and scores of others scrambled to find any hopeful news they could.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 27, 1999 | JOSEPH TREVINO and ANTONIO OLIVO, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Cyldana Sierra sat by the telephone all day Tuesday, anxiously waiting to learn whether her sister in Armenia, Colombia, was alive or dead. But with most phone lines down after a 6.0 earthquake killed at least 500 people there Monday, many of the roughly 80,000 Colombians in Southern California could only hold their breath until information trickled in. While rescue workers in Colombia combed through the rubble, Sierra and scores of others scrambled to find any hopeful news they could.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 6, 1995
Two Colombians arrested last year with nearly one ton of cocaine were sentenced to lengthy prison terms for drug trafficking, the Los Angeles district attorney's office said Tuesday. Carlos Ortiz, 42, was sent to state prison for 30 years and Ramon Franco Bejarano, 39, received a 29-year term, prosecutors said. The two men were convicted last week after a two week trial on various cocaine-linked charges, including conspiracy, transportation, possession and sale.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 28, 1990
Three Colombians were charged Monday with conspiracy and narcotics possession in the seizure of more than 600 pounds of cocaine valued at $106 million found buried beneath laundry soap in barrels being unloaded from a truck, prosecutors said. Javier Ospina, 27; Diego Ocampo Lopez, 33, and Horacio Aceves, 35, were charged by the district attorney's office with one count each of conspiracy, possession of cocaine for sale and transportation of cocaine.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 1, 1989 | EDWARD J. BOYER, Times Staff Writer
More than 300 Colombians gathered at St. Basil's Roman Catholic Church in Los Angeles on Thursday to pray for peace in their violence-torn homeland and, as one worshiper said, "to tell the public that we are not as we appear in the news." "Peace is not something that just arrives from heaven," said Father Luis Tomich, a Colombian priest who celebrated the Mass. "We have to work for it."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 16, 1995 | MARTHA L. WILLMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For as long as he can remember, John Castro has wanted to be a doctor. The 17-year-old Kennedy High School senior said he is determined to break his ancestral chain of impoverished farming families scraping for a living in Colombia. So three years ago, his parents, Enrique and Ofelia Castro, packed up everything they owned and came to America with a dream for the future for their teen-age son and young daughter.
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July 3, 1994 | SONIA NAZARIO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Only two weeks ago, a cheerfully painted bus packed with Colombians living in Los Angeles left the Cali Viejo restaurant and roared through the San Fernando Valley toward the Rose Bowl for a game between Colombia and Romania, its occupants dancing and singing in the aisles, waving their flag.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 30, 1989 | PAUL LIEBERMAN, Times Staff Writer
A yearlong campaign by West Coast law enforcement officials to spotlight a shift in drug trafficking from Miami to Los Angeles--and plead for more federal assistance--took a turn toward the theatrical Tuesday with testimony by two former distributors. Wearing bright red ski masks, the two men--both now police informers--were marched behind a white screen to tell a state panel how some Colombian cocaine importers began bypassing Miami. "In 1985, I started losing business to the West Coast. . . .
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 16, 1995 | MARTHA L. WILLMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For as long as he can remember, John Castro has wanted to be a doctor. The 17-year-old Kennedy High School senior said he is determined to break his ancestral chain of impoverished farming families scraping for a living in Colombia. So three years ago, his parents, Enrique and Ofelia Castro, packed up everything they owned and came to America with a dream for the future for their teen-age son and young daughter.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 28, 1990
Three Colombians were charged Monday with conspiracy and narcotics possession in the seizure of more than 600 pounds of cocaine valued at $106 million found buried beneath laundry soap in barrels being unloaded from a truck, prosecutors said. Javier Ospina, 27; Diego Ocampo Lopez, 33, and Horacio Aceves, 35, were charged by the district attorney's office with one count each of conspiracy, possession of cocaine for sale and transportation of cocaine.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 1, 1989 | EDWARD J. BOYER, Times Staff Writer
More than 300 Colombians gathered at St. Basil's Roman Catholic Church in Los Angeles on Thursday to pray for peace in their violence-torn homeland and, as one worshiper said, "to tell the public that we are not as we appear in the news." "Peace is not something that just arrives from heaven," said Father Luis Tomich, a Colombian priest who celebrated the Mass. "We have to work for it."
NEWS
October 12, 1989 | RAFAEL PRIETO ZARTHA, Prieto Zartha is a Los Angeles-based free-lance writer.
Some members of the Colombian community recall how seven years ago their country's presidential elections were festively celebrated at their Los Angeles Consulate. Luis Carlos Galan carried Los Angeles, but Belisario Betancur won the overall tally. However, the air was far from festive Aug. 30 as 300 Colombians assembled in St. Basil Catholic Church to pray for peace in their country.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 5, 1989 | DARRELL DAWSEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For much of his life, Alvaro Villa has borne his Colombian identity like a badge of prestige--with honor and with pride. But nowadays, it is often a sore topic. "I have always been proud to say I was Colombian," said Villa, a robotics salesman from Valencia. "But lately, I have not been telling many people. . . . When they find out, they think you are a part of the (drug-dealing) cartels, and I'm not. They think all Colombians are drug dealers and criminals--and we aren't."
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