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November 15, 1997 | SOLOMON MOORE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Four people were arrested on suspicion of running a methamphetamine lab in a motel room by police who seized two gallons of ingredients and enough equipment to produce thousands of dollars worth of the drug, the Los Angeles Police Department said Friday. Acting on a tip, police officers went to a room at the one-story El Royale, a motel in the 11100 block of Ventura Boulevard, at 11:30 p.m. Thursday.
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November 14, 1997
Four men were arrested Thursday after Baldwin Park police allegedly found them operating a methamphetamine lab in an apartment building. Ten apartments were evacuated and two officers were overcome by toxic fumes generated by the lab, which was discovered about 11:45 p.m. Wednesday, Sgt. Darryl Kosaka said. Residents reported a noxious odor emanating from the apartment. Police arrested Ernest Gutierrez, 30, Stephan Avila, 23, James Silveira, 19 and John Briggs, 25, all of Baldwin Park.
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October 23, 1997
A high school teacher was placed on leave Wednesday after an administrator saw him snorting cocaine in his classroom, officials said. Richard Bedigan, 47, of Burbank, was seen "ingesting cocaine through a straw by an assistant principal at Burroughs High School," said Bob Frazier, director of personnel for the Burbank Unified School District.
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October 22, 1997
A private security guard at Los Angeles International Airport who is suspected of taking $700 to help a drug courier smuggle cocaine through airport checkpoints has been charged with conspiracy to distribute narcotics, authorities said Tuesday. Danny Kay McFrazier, who also was charged with aiding and abetting, was arrested Sept. 6, but federal authorities said they delayed announcing the arrest because they did not want to endanger another investigation at the airport.
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October 2, 1997 | SCOTT STEEPLETON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A high-speed police pursuit crisscrossing freeways and surface streets in two counties ended in Downey on Wednesday afternoon with the arrest of a man and woman under investigation by Ventura County sheriff's narcotics detectives, authorities said. They were identified as Jose Concepcion Garcia, 38, and Georgina Ramirez, 24, both of La Habra Heights. Both were being held Wednesday night in Ventura County Jail on suspicion of selling marijuana and possessing marijuana for sale, Sheriff's Sgt. Curt Rothschiller said.
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September 26, 1997 | CLAIRE VITUCCI, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
For the second time in a week, sheriff's narcotics detectives on Thursday raided a Chatsworth house and found hundreds of marijuana plants growing indoors, authorities said. A search of the house about 11:40 a.m. in the 22500 block of Fern Ann Falls was temporarily halted after detectives found a pipe bomb in a bedroom night stand. The sheriff's bomb squad covered the foot-long pipe with sandbags and detonated it in the house's front yard.
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September 19, 1997 | JOSE CARDENAS and CLAIRE VITUCCI, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Aware that detectives were closing in on him, an Agua Dulce man suspected along with three others of growing hundreds of marijuana plants in a Chatsworth house surrendered Thursday, sheriff's deputies said. David Clark, 40, of Agua Dulce, walked into the Santa Clarita sheriff's station about 2 p.m., said Capt. Al Scaduto of the sheriff's Narcotics Bureau. "He knew we had him," he said. "We left messages with people he was in contact with."
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September 19, 1997 | JOSE CARDENAS and CLAIRE VITUCCI, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Aware that detectives were closing in on him, an Agua Dulce man suspected along with three others of growing hundreds of marijuana plants in a Chatsworth house surrendered Thursday, sheriff's deputies said. David Clark, 40, walked into the Santa Clarita sheriff's station about 2 p.m., said Capt. Al Scaduto of the sheriff's Narcotics Bureau. "He knew we had him," he said. "We left messages with people he was in contact with."
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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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