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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 20, 1989
Ike Turner, former husband of singer Tina Turner, was arrested Thursday night on suspicion of being under the influence of rock cocaine after running a stop sign in West Hollywood, sheriff's deputies said Friday. Deputies said an unloaded .38-caliber revolver was found in the car, along with an undisclosed amount of cocaine. Turner, of Los Angeles, was held in lieu of $10,000 bail. The 57-year-old musician, who has battled cocaine addiction since 1970, has had a long string of drug arrests.
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February 5, 2014 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Philip Seymour Hoffman died Sunday from an apparent drug overdose, but the wait for an official cause of death isn't over: The autopsy conducted on his body didn't tell the tale clearly, and toxicology tests are still pending. A spokeswoman from the New York City medical examiner's office explained it Wednesday to Nation Now . "Our examination has been concluded but the results are inconclusive," Julie Bolcer told The Times. "We are awaiting results and additional studies. " The screen and stage actor was found dead in his New York City apartment with a syringe in his left forearm and drug paraphernalia nearby.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 12, 2007 | Andrew Blankstein, Times Staff Writer
Rapper-actor Snoop Dogg will avoid jail time after pleading no contest Wednesday to two felony charges -- but he might be legally allowed to continue smoking marijuana. The entertainer, whose real name is Calvin Broadus, entered the plea to a charge of gun possession by a convicted felon and a marijuana-related drug charge, prosecutors said. Dogg, 35, appeared before Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Terry Smerling in Pasadena clad in a leather jacket, black jeans and a T-shirt.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 14, 2014 | By Richard Winton
Detectives searching Justin Bieber's Calabasas mansion Tuesday for evidence he allegedly tossed eggs at a neighbor's home arrested one of the singer's associates on suspicion of felony drug possession. The arrest came as a dozen L.A. County sheriff's investigators served a felony search warrant at the home, looking for evidence that might connect the 19-year-old singer to the egging. Bieber's next-door neighbor had called detectives last Thursday to report his house had sustained $20,000 in damage from the incident.
NEWS
December 11, 1988 | United Press International
A 20-year-old man who spent $30,000 on a birthday bash last week has been charged with conspiracy to distribute 68 pounds of crack cocaine in what one official said may be the largest crack haul in the United States. Darryl (Little D) Reed "was the most feared drug dealer in Oakland," Russ Giuntini, Alameda County deputy district attorney, said Friday. In three years, Reed rose from street dealer to multimillionaire, according to Oakland narcotics Officer Ken Scott, who headed the investigation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 4, 1986
Charles Krauthammer's suggestion (Editorial Pages, Aug. 25) that yuppie drug users be arrested is an excellent idea! It may not help hard-core users, but the trauma of arrest, being booked, body-searched and fingerprinted might be enough to make occasional users think hard before repeating their folly. GIV CORNFIELD Malibu
NEWS
May 3, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
Arrests for drug and alcohol violations rose on college and university campuses for a fifth consecutive year in 1996, but campus authorities argue that tougher enforcement rather than increased abuse was the likely reason, a survey released Saturday said. The Chronicle of Higher Education said alcohol arrests rose 10% and drug arrests 5%.
NEWS
June 26, 1986
In a crackdown on drug dealing, Pomona police say they have arrested 355 people on narcotics charges in the three-month period beginning Feb. 7, 1986. Officers spent nearly 7,000 man-hours and served 42 search warrants in several target areas that had been identified by informants and surveillance as sites of heavy drug sales, Police Chief Richard Tefank said.
NEWS
July 28, 1985 | Associated Press
A search for a murder suspect led Mexican authorities to what they say is the largest methamphetamine laboratory ever discovered in the country. Six Americans and four Mexicans were arrested after the lab was found Thursday at a small ranch in the Mexican border city of Tecate, about 40 miles east of Tijuana. Ronald D'Luisse of the U.S.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 19, 1991
A combined effort from three Huntington Beach Police Department task forces resulted in 45 drug-related arrests at three locations over the last five days, Lt. Jeff Cope announced on Saturday. "We're pretty pleased with the results of the work our people did," Cope said. All the suspects were taken to the Huntington Beach city jail for booking.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 18, 2013 | By Ruben Vives, Kate Mather and Richard Winton
The husband of Montebello's mayor is due in court Monday to face accusations that he sold drugs near a school. Ruben Guerrero, 44, was booked Thursday on suspicion of methamphetamine and narcotics sales near a school. He was free on bail Friday. In an interview with The Times, Montebello Mayor Christina Cortez said she was "very disappointed and, like everyone else, shocked. " Cortez urged “everyone and the public to let this investigation take its course.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 11, 2013 | By Tony Perry
A San Diego elementary school principal has been put on leave after being arrested on suspicion of possession of drugs, authorities said Wednesday. Rachel Escobedo, 45, principal of Lee Elementary School in the Paradise Hills neighborhood, was arrested Saturday while sitting in a car with a male companion. Police found a small amount of marijuana and also a white substance that is being tested, officials said. The case is under review by the district attorney's office, which has not yet filed charges.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 18, 2013 | By Richard Winton
With the arresting sheriff's deputy facing criminal charges, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday agreed to pay $550,000 to a couple who sued the department alleging they were falsely arrested and framed with drug possession.  County lawyers recommended the settlement for Tatiana Lopez and Miguel Amarillas in their false arrest and malicious prosecution lawsuit, citing the "risks and uncertainties" of litigation. In addition to the $550,000, the county has already spent about $322,000 on litigation, including $288,000 for a lawyer.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 5, 2013 | By Richard Winton and Robert Faturechi, Los Angeles Times
Two Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies have been criminally charged with lying about a drug arrest after a videotape of the incident appeared to contradict their account, authorities said. Deputies Robert G. Lindsey, 31, and Charles G. Rodriguez, 38, were each charged with one count of filing a false report and one count of conspiracy in connection with the June 3, 2011, drug arrest. The deputies, who were arrested and released on their own recognizance, are expected to be arraigned May 13. If convicted, they face a maximum of three years in prison.
WORLD
September 13, 2012 | By Tracy Wilkinson, Los Angeles Times
MEXICO CITY - Authorities have captured the top leader of the Gulf cartel, a potentially fatal blow to one of Mexico's major drug-trafficking networks that could also unleash a violent power struggle that would pose an immediate and explosive challenge to the incoming government of President-elect Enrique Peña Nieto. It is the second big catch of a suspected Gulf cartel capo in 10 days and essentially wipes out the leadership of an organization that once dominated large parts of Mexico.
NATIONAL
September 17, 2009 | Sebastian Rotella
As a high-ranking U.S. anti-drug official, Richard Padilla Cramer held front-line posts in the war on Mexico's murderous cartels. He led an office of two dozen agents in Arizona and was the attache for Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Guadalajara. While in Mexico, however, Cramer also served as a secret ally of drug lords, according to federal investigators. Cramer allegedly advised traffickers on law enforcement tactics and pulled secret files to help them identify turncoats.
WORLD
April 3, 2009 | Ken Ellingwood
Mexican authorities on Thursday announced the capture of Vicente Carrillo Leyva, a suspected top leader of a family-run drug gang based in Ciudad Juarez and one of the country's most wanted figures. Federal law enforcement officials said Carrillo Leyva, the 32-year-old son of deceased drug kingpin Amado Carrillo Fuentes, was arrested Wednesday while exercising in a wealthy neighborhood of Mexico City. The younger Carrillo was listed among the country's 24 most wanted drug suspects last week when the federal government offered $2-million rewards for each.
NATIONAL
April 3, 2009 | Scott Kraft
When the Starr County sheriff was led away in handcuffs for accepting bribes from a bail bondsman back in 1998, the county pinned his star on his chief deputy, Reymundo "Rey" Guerra. It wasn't long before Guerra was restoring the shine to the badge. Unlike his predecessor, Guerra was affable and approachable, a beefy man with a gray-flecked mustache who rarely carried a gun. He and his wife were regulars at the peach-brick Catholic church in tiny Rio Grande City.
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