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December 29, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Police believe a drug deal turned sour caused a seven-car accident that injured seven people and stopped traffic on San Francisco's Market Street for more than an hour. The chain of accidents Friday morning began when a man allegedly tried to buy crack cocaine from another, according to police. The first man told police the deal broke down but that as he drove away, the other grabbed his pickup truck. The man held fast to the side of the truck as the vehicle sped at 50 m.p.h.
December 25, 1991 | Associated Press
Authorities say that they have broken a major heroin and cocaine ring with the arrests of nine men, culminating a two-year investigation into local gangs. "I think it's a landmark day for the community of Oakland and the entire East Bay (in terms of putting) a crimp in the violence caused by drug wars," said John Covert, assistant special agent in charge of the FBI's San Francisco office.
September 22, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The FBI has arrested six more suspects in connection with the seizure several months ago of 73 tons of hashish, believed to be the largest such confiscation in U.S. history. Four Americans and two Canadians, all men, are being held without bail, FBI spokeswoman Gloria Anderson said Friday. Fifteen people had already been arrested in the case. Five of the new suspects were arrested Wednesday near Clear Lake, about 90 miles north of San Francisco, and the sixth on Thursday in Seattle.
Federal officials hailed the seizure of more than half a ton of heroin as a major victory in the war against illicit drugs but said the heroin haul--the largest in U.S. history--suggests that the drug's market is expanding. In a case that began with a routine U.S. Customs Service inspection and featured gift-wrapped heroin packages, a nearly blown surveillance, and connections to the "Golden Triangle," federal agents have seized 1,080 pounds of 90% pure "China white" heroin. U.S.
June 21, 1991 | From Times staff and wire reports
Authorities arrested four suspected members of a drug-smuggling ring and seized 1,200 pounds of heroin Thursday in what U.S. Customs agents described as the largest heroin seizure in U.S. history. The China white heroin was seized from a Hayward warehouse that had been under surveillance for a month, the Hayward Daily Review reported, quoting unnamed Drug Enforcement Administration sources.
March 12, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Five Los Angeles-area residents were jailed on drug charges after an undercover officer allegedly bought two kilograms of cocaine from them, police said. The arrests followed an investigation by officials of the Drug Enforcement Agency, South Lake Tahoe police and two other agencies. The five were being held in the El Dorado County jail in lieu of $150,000 bail each. They were identified as Hector Delcid, 25; Hilda Delcid, 45; Haroldo Gutierrez, 24; Ramirez Lopez, 31, and Javier Ascenio, 48.
September 28, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Oroville's "Mother of the Year" was sentenced to 30 days in jail after pleading no contest to a drug charge. Michelle Hendrix, 42, had been arrested last spring on charges including possession of methamphetamine for sale. She pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of possession of methamphetamine and the felony charges originally filed against her were dropped.
January 22, 1990 | From Times staff and Wire reports
Detectives seized what they say is the first laboratory for making "ice," or smokable methamphetamine, in the continental United States and arrested five people, sheriff's deputies said. County and state narcotics agents found the laboratory in nearby Elk Grove containing four pounds of "ice" in various production stages and four gallons of liquid that would convert to 32 pounds of "ice", said Sheriff's Department spokesman Ed Close.
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