May 6, 2000 |
For many years, drug arrests at checkpoints on the U.S.-Mexico border have worked this way: Federal agents make the busts, then hand off the smaller cases--usually those involving less than 50 pounds of marijuana--to local district attorneys to prosecute. Now some district attorneys are backing out of the arrangement because the soaring number of drug arrests is proving too big a burden.
May 30, 1998 |
Michael Anthony Horne has sued San Antonio for unspecified damages after police jailed him on charges of possession of methamphetamine. What he actually possessed was the ashes of his cremated grandmother. After police said a field test showed the presence of the drug, Horne was hauled away to jail for a month. Unable to make bail, he lost his job, his pickup, his apartment and his military reserve status, he said.
July 10, 1994 |
A California truck driver was in custody Saturday after authorities seized nearly 7,200 pounds of cocaine valued at $500 million, officials said. The Drug Enforcement Administration, the Pecos Police Department's drug-sniffing dog and the Texas Department of Public Safety found the drugs Thursday after a tractor-trailer was stopped on Interstate 20. The truck driver, Khaled Alsawas, 43, of Torrance was charged with possession with intent to distribute cocaine. He remained in Midland County Jail.
December 3, 1991 |
Almost 12 tons of Colombian cocaine, the nation's second-largest cocaine seizure, has been found hidden inside concrete fence posts imported from Venezuela, officials said Monday. Eleven people were arrested in Texas and Venezuela, officials of the U.S. Customs Service and the Drug Enforcement Administration said. Information obtained during two busts in Texas led customs and DEA agents to a pair of warehouses minutes from the agencies' Miami offices. On Nov.
October 17, 1991 |
An attorney for New York Giant linebacker Steve DeOssie entered a not guilty plea for his client, who was arrested last month on a misdemeanor drug charge at Dallas-Ft. Worth International Airport, court officials said. A Nov. 14 trial was scheduled in Grapevine, Tex.
September 13, 1991 |
The little girl stood in the yard of the rundown house as the undercover cop and the informant approached. "What do you need?" she asked. The cop didn't get it at first. "Is your mama home?" "Yes, but what do you need?" she replied. Slowly, it began to dawn on the officer that this wasn't idle talk from a child. This was a question about how much crack he wanted to buy. The girl, not yet 4 years old, was taking orders. The cop said be needed two dimes, street parlance for $20 worth of crack.