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July 31, 1997 | JOHN M. GLIONNA and TINA DAUNT, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The man arrested at a Bel-Air mansion on charges of cultivating a $20-million forest of marijuana plants is a self-made scientist and cancer patient struggling to develop new strains of cannabis to help those suffering from painful chronic diseases, activists and family members said Wednesday. Todd Patrick McCormick, who faces a federal charge of cultivation of marijuana, began smoking the drug as a teenager to quell the pain from a rare childhood cancer, his family said.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 31, 1997
One of Los Angeles' striking port pilots was arrested Wednesday after officers found him in a daze with a loaded revolver and about a pound of marijuana, Long Beach police said. A Long Beach Harbor Patrol officer responding to a call about a suspicious person found Joseph Silva, 52, in a Long Beach Harbor maintenance yard Wednesday afternoon. Silva was "incoherent," said long Beach Police Cpl. Harry Erickson. The officer found a loaded .
NEWS
July 26, 1997
Police serving an arrest warrant at a Long Beach motel seized 139 pounds of marijuana, officials said Friday. Officers arrested Bell resident Victor Zazueta, 33, a suspect in a previous narcotics case, after staking out a Days Inn motel in the 5900 block of Long Beach Boulevard on Thursday evening. Cpl. Harry Erickson said officers recovered 65 kilo-sized bricks--an amount with an estimated street value of at least $70,000--inside Zazueta's motel room shortly before 11 p.m.
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July 12, 1997 | DAVID GREENBERG and NICK GREEN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Drug investigators arrested two Los Angeles County men Friday and seized 250 high-grade marijuana plants from a north Thousand Oaks home used only for cultivation, authorities said. "This is one of the largest indoor grows that we've had in Thousand Oaks," said Capt. Dennis Carpenter, head of the Ventura County sheriff's narcotics unit. "This is a pretty significant bust for an inside-a-home grow."
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July 7, 1997 | SHARON MOESER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A teenager suspected of selling drugs to children as young as 10 years old was arrested following a monthlong investigation, sheriff's deputies said Sunday. The 17-year-old suspect, whose identity was not released because of his age, was arrested Saturday night at Montrose Community Park in Glendale, said Sgt. Randal Stover, a Los Angeles County Sheriff's Narcotics Bureau officer assigned to the Crescenta Valley station.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 24, 1997
Charges were filed Friday against three men and a woman accused of operating a methamphetamine lab out of a home in Hawthorne. Appearing in Inglewood Municipal Court were Judd Carver Eisenberg, 38; Louis Keith Rhea, 35; Donna Louise Houston, 44; and Jason Michael Peterson, 22, said Deputy Dist. Atty. Irwin Bloom. All four were charged with one felony count of extraction of ephedrine with intent to manufacture methamphetamines. Only Peterson was arraigned Friday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 23, 1997
Hawthorne police officers who were overwhelmed by fumes when they raided an illegal methamphetamine laboratory Wednesday night were treated and released from two hospitals, officials said. Five officers who felt ill shortly after they arrived at 9 p.m. were treated at the scene of the laboratory in the 4300 block of West 134th Street, Hawthorne Police Lt. John Beerling said Thursday. The officers later were transported to two hospitals, examined and released within hours.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 22, 1997
At least 10 police officers were treated and sent to two hospitals for examination Wednesday night after they were exposed to fumes during a raid on an illicit methamphetamine laboratory in which seven suspects were arrested in Hawthorne, Los Angeles County fire officials said. The officers began feeling ill shortly after they arrived at the clandestine laboratory in the 4300 block of West 134th Street about 9 p.m., officials said. The composition of the fumes was not immediately determined.
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January 31, 1997 | GREG SANDOVAL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Sheriff's deputies said Thursday that they had found about $500,000 worth of marijuana during a search of a cellar that was equipped with a high-tech growing system and a labyrinth of trap doors and tunnels. Besides finding marijuana stored in large plastic bags, officials said, they discovered plants growing under heat lamps.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 17, 1997
Detectives seized about 130 pounds of drugs, including methamphetamine, and arrested three suspects during raids in Long Beach and Cudahy, a police spokeswoman said Thursday. About 9 p.m. Wednesday, police arrested Adolfo Ortiz, 24, and Rudolfo Medina-Torres, 22, then served a search warrant at an apartment at 28 W. Market St., Karen Kerr said.
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