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October 20, 2000 | TINA DIRMANN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Capping one of the largest drug investigations for Ventura County authorities in recent memory, local, state and federal agents said they seized more than 40 tons of marijuana and other drugs, and arrested 10 Tijuana cartel members operating out of Ventura, Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties. Authorities spilled large bundles of marijuana and 50 rifles and handguns over a conference table during a media conference at the Ventura County Sheriff's Department on Thursday.
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March 25, 2001 | HOLLY J. WOLCOTT and TIMOTHY HUGHES, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Police arrested nine people in two counties Saturday after discovering what they described as a sophisticated drug lab inside a Santa Paula Airport hangar that contained two dozen large barrels of high-grade methamphetamine oil. John Brooks, 45, an airplane mechanic who lived in the hangar, was arrested with four other men and a 17-year-old boy early Saturday.
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February 7, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A Newbury Park High School teacher arrested last week for allegedly being under the influence of cocaine while teaching has been arrested again on suspicion of possessing cocaine found during a search of his house, authorities said. Larry Jerome Johnson, 48, was arrested when he arrived at the local Ventura County sheriff's station to pick up belongings he left after his first arrest, Lt. Bill Montijo said. A search of his house uncovered one gram or less of cocaine, Montijo said.
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October 25, 2000
For Sheriff Capt. Frank O'Hanlon, it was proof that "times are changing." Four days after deputies arrested Moorpark resident Jenny Lipson for growing a marijuana plant for what she said was treatment of constant migraine headaches and nausea, O'Hanlon returned the plant Tuesday and Lipson's related paraphernalia. Lipson greeted O'Hanlon with a tearful smile and a hug.
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May 28, 1993 | JULIE FIELDS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A huge task force of local and federal drug agents swooped down on nine Oxnard houses Thursday in a pre-dawn assault on what they called a sophisticated trafficking ring that used Oxnard as a major distribution point for cocaine and other drugs. The raids by a force of 90 officers, the result of a three-year undercover investigation, netted the alleged leader of a drug ring that shipped cocaine from Oxnard as far north as San Francisco, agents said.
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May 23, 1993 | CHRISTOPHER HEREDIA
Twelve people remained jailed on drug charges Saturday after 13 adults and a 16-year-old were arrested at two Oxnard motels, police said. The arrests Friday came after an investigation that spanned several days and involved police from Oxnard and Ventura and Ventura County sheriff's deputies, authorities said. None of the suspects resisted arrest but several were caught throwing drugs out of windows of the two motels, Detective Roger Sonsini said.
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June 20, 1998 | COLL METCALFE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was a rare day for the Simi Valley police--giving back pot plants they had seized from the backyard of a man arrested on suspicion of felony cultivation. But Dean Jones had a legal order requiring officers to do just that. The order came after prosecutors on Friday said Jones was protected by Proposition 215, the 1996 medical marijuana law, and would not be charged.
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August 4, 1988 | BOB BAKER and ERIC MALNIC, Times Staff Writers
Federal narcotics agents Wednesday night raided a clandestine laboratory in a Simi Valley home and seized an experimental batch of a new, highly potent "designer drug" that was believed headed for the illicit market on a large scale for the first time. Agents said the lab's owner planned to manufacturer $16 million dollars worth of PEPAP, a synthetic heroin substitute that is 36 times more powerful than pure heroin.
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February 24, 1989
A judge in Oxnard declared a mistrial for a defendant in a drug possession trial when three jurors made an unauthorized visit to the alleged crime scene to see how long it takes a toilet to flush. The jury foreman told Ventura County Superior Court Judge Robert Bradley that the jurors visited an apartment to test the truth of defendant Nelson Cortez's testimony that he was awakened by the sound of a toilet flushing.
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February 19, 1994 | JULIE FIELDS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Federal and local authorities in Ventura County have seized $5.8 million and nearly 1,000 pounds of cocaine as part of a three-year nationwide money-laundering and drug-trafficking case targeting the two major Colombian cartels. The undercover operation, based in Ventura County, led to the arrest of one high-ranking member of the Cali cartel and 17 other members of the Cali and Medellin cartels. No details of the arrests were given, nor were the suspects identified.
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October 25, 2000 | TIMOTHY HUGHES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For Sheriff's Capt. Frank O'Hanlon, it was proof that the times they are a-changin'. Four days after deputies arrested Moorpark resident Jenny Lipson on suspicion of growing a marijuana plant, O'Hanlon returned the plant and related paraphernalia. Lipson said the marijuana was grown mainly to treat constant migraine headaches and nausea. Lipson greeted O'Hanlon with a tearful smile and a hug.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 20, 2000 | TINA DIRMANN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Capping one of the largest drug investigations for Ventura County authorities in recent memory, local, state and federal agents said they seized more than 40 tons of marijuana and other drugs, and arrested 10 Tijuana cartel members operating out of Ventura, Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties. Authorities spilled large bundles of marijuana and 50 rifles and handguns over a conference table during a media conference at the Ventura County Sheriff's Department on Thursday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 20, 1998 | COLL METCALFE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was a rare day for the Simi Valley police--giving back pot plants they earlier seized from the backyard of a man arrested on suspicion of felony cultivation. But Dean Jones had a court order requiring officers to do just that. The order came after prosecutors Friday said Jones was protected by Proposition 215, the 1996 medical marijuana law, and would not be charged.
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June 20, 1998 | COLL METCALFE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was a rare day for the Simi Valley police--giving back pot plants they had seized from the backyard of a man arrested on suspicion of felony cultivation. But Dean Jones had a legal order requiring officers to do just that. The order came after prosecutors on Friday said Jones was protected by Proposition 215, the 1996 medical marijuana law, and would not be charged.
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May 8, 1998 | DARYL KELLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Searches of the homes of a local Hells Angels leader and his estranged wife were illegal and evidence seized during this week's raids would be thrown out of court if drug possession charges are ever filed against them, a prominent Los Angeles defense attorney said Thursday.
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May 7, 1998 | DARYL KELLEY and CHRIS CHI, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
National Hells Angels leader George Christie Jr. and his estranged wife have been arrested on suspicion of narcotics possession after investigators raided their separate Ventura homes, finding a small amount of cocaine in Christie's night stand and large amounts of drugs and cash in his wife's hillside condo. Dist. Atty. Michael D.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 25, 2000
For Sheriff Capt. Frank O'Hanlon, it was proof that "times are changing." Four days after deputies arrested Moorpark resident Jenny Lipson for growing a marijuana plant for what she said was treatment of constant migraine headaches and nausea, O'Hanlon returned the plant Tuesday and Lipson's related paraphernalia. Lipson greeted O'Hanlon with a tearful smile and a hug.
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April 14, 1987
Authorities seized $38 million worth of cocaine and nearly $300,000 worth of heroin and arrested 16 suspected members of a narcotics distribution ring that operated from an estate in the gated Ventura County community of Bell Canyon, police said. The arrests and seizures culminated a six-week investigation that spanned Orange, Los Angeles and Ventura counties and was conducted by Los Angeles and Anaheim police, Ventura County Sheriff's Department and U.S.
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January 7, 1998 | SCOTT HADLY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The son of Ventura County Sheriff Larry Carpenter was arrested just before Thanksgiving on suspicion of possessing methamphetamine, court records show. But 19-year-old Joshua Jarrett Carpenter has never been charged in the case, in part, sources say, because deputies conducted an improper search and found only a small amount of the drug. Sheriff Carpenter said he was informed of the arrest that night, but made no effort to intervene on behalf of his son. "I am absolutely unaware of any special treatment he received," he said.
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February 19, 1994 | JULIE FIELDS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Federal and local authorities in Ventura County have seized $5.8 million and nearly 1,000 pounds of cocaine as part of a three-year nationwide money-laundering and drug-trafficking case targeting the two major Colombian cartels. The undercover operation, based in Ventura County, led to the arrest of one high-ranking member of the Cali cartel and 17 other members of the Cali and Medellin cartels. No details of the arrests were given, nor were the suspects identified.
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