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November 28, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
The head of the Drug Enforcement Administration today dismissed as groundless reports that terrorists might have pierced a DEA undercover operation to plant the bomb that blew up Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. "In particular, we determined that no one on that aircraft was acting on behalf of, or was an informant of the DEA," the agency's administrator, Robert Bonner, said on NBC-TV's "Today" show.
July 3, 2009 | Josh Meyer and Andrew Blankstein
The Los Angeles Police Department's request for federal drug agents to join the investigation of Michael Jackson's death indicates that illegal activity may be suspected in the dispensing of painkillers, sedatives, antidepressants or other medications to the 50-year-old entertainer, according to a law enforcement official.
December 28, 1988 | WILLIAM OVEREND, Times Staff Writer
Federal prosecutors investigating a growing drug corruption scandal are probing the suspected theft of almost $100,000 in cash from the Los Angeles office of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, The Times has learned. The cash disappeared from the office between July 10 and July 24, 1984, just three months before the suspected theft of 2 1/2 pounds of Asian heroin from the drug agency's evidence vault, according to federal sources.
April 15, 1989 | JEFFREY MILLER, Times Staff Writer
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration will seek to seize a hillside home in San Dimas, valued at more than $1 million, that was used as a greenhouse for growing large amounts of marijuana, a DEA spokesman said. When drug agents raided the two-story, four-bedroom home in the exclusive San Gabriel Valley neighborhood Tuesday morning, they found 2,500 marijuana plants being cultivated in a sophisticated hydroponic growing system. The owner of the house, Rollin Scott Forteville, 38, and Jeff Jenkins, 26, were arrested on suspicion of marijuana cultivation.
December 15, 1991 | CRAIG E. WEINERMAN, Craig E. Weinerman is a criminal defense lawyer in San Diego who represented Don Shantos at trial
The end came in dramatic fashion. As the jury's guilty verdict was being read in open court, Don Shantos quickly swallowed capsules of cyanide. He collapsed in convulsions and was dead a few hours later. In a note written before taking his own life, Don said he could not bear to be locked up for the rest of his life. Don's crime was not rape, murder or another violent crime. It was dealing drugs while he was an informant for the Drug Enforcement Administration.
August 18, 2013 | By Elaine Shannon
Shortly after 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9, 1985, agents of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, frantically searching for their kidnapped comrade Enrique Camarena, spotted the prime suspect - cartel kingpin Rafael Caro Quintero, surrounded by five machine-gun-toting bodyguards, strutting toward a Falcon executive jet on the Guadalajara airport tarmac. The swarthy young trafficker, sporting pricey cowboy boots and a blinding 6-inch-wide diamond bracelet, beckoned the Mexican police commander minding the Americans, whispered a promise of 60 million pesos (about $270,000)
March 27, 2014 | By Robert Abele
"Sabotage" is an appropriate title for the new Arnold Schwarzenegger movie, since its many action and suspense elements are routinely undermined by a sloppy assemblage. A hyperviolent tale from complicated-cop chronicler David Ayer ("Training Day," "End of Watch"), the film is about a renegade DEA task force whose members are mysteriously eliminated one by one in the wake of a botched cartel takedown. "Sabotage" was designed to give the grizzled ex-governor, playing the group's veteran leader, a shoot'em-up vehicle bolstered by Ayer's patented macho realism.
January 29, 1998
A scheme to smuggle 200 kilograms of highly potent heroin from Pakistan to Los Angeles and British Columbia has been foiled with the arrest of five suspects and the seizure of $500,000 cash, the Drug Enforcement Administration said Wednesday. The drug shipment had been intercepted earlier by narcotics agents. Had it slipped through undetected, it could have been adulterated to provide more than 8 million standard doses, the DEA said.
March 13, 2014 | David Lazarus
In his 30 years as a pharmacist, including three at a CVS Caremark store in Northern California, Wayne Wilson said it was all too common for drugstore employees to steal prescription drugs, which would often make their way to the black market. "It happens far more often than people realize," he told me. "I used to be shocked. I'm not shocked any more. " Wilson said he personally intervened after a CVS pharmacy worker in Eureka was caught slipping painkillers into his pocket. That worker was arrested and fired, he said.
March 27, 2012 | Molly Hennessy-Fiske
Six men, including a former soldier, have been arrested in the border town of Laredo, Texas, in connection with drug trafficking and an alleged murder-for-hire plot, according to federal officials. The arrests culminate a months-long federal sting operation in which the suspects allegedy helped hatch a plan to purchase weapons for drug cartel members in exchange for money and drugs. Kevin Corley, 29, and Samuel Walker, 28, both of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Shavar Davis, 29, of Denver were arrested over the weekend in Laredo,  according to a statement released by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.
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