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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 9, 2009 | Andrew Blankstein
Prosecutors have charged Redmond O'Neal, the son of actors Ryan O'Neal and Farrah Fawcett, with felony drug possession in connection with his arrest over the weekend at Pitchess Detention Center in Castaic. His arraignment was postponed until April 24, when he is due to appear before Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Graciela Freixes. O'Neal, 24, was charged Tuesday with a single count of possession of an illegal substance in a jail facility. The Los Angeles County district attorney's office alleges that O'Neal was found in possession of heroin during a routine security check Sunday morning in the parking lot of Pitchess Detention.
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WORLD
April 3, 2009 | Ken Ellingwood
Mexican authorities on Thursday announced the capture of Vicente Carrillo Leyva, a suspected top leader of a family-run drug gang based in Ciudad Juarez and one of the country's most wanted figures. Federal law enforcement officials said Carrillo Leyva, the 32-year-old son of deceased drug kingpin Amado Carrillo Fuentes, was arrested Wednesday while exercising in a wealthy neighborhood of Mexico City. The younger Carrillo was listed among the country's 24 most wanted drug suspects last week when the federal government offered $2-million rewards for each.
NATIONAL
April 3, 2009 | Scott Kraft
When the Starr County sheriff was led away in handcuffs for accepting bribes from a bail bondsman back in 1998, the county pinned his star on his chief deputy, Reymundo "Rey" Guerra. It wasn't long before Guerra was restoring the shine to the badge. Unlike his predecessor, Guerra was affable and approachable, a beefy man with a gray-flecked mustache who rarely carried a gun. He and his wife were regulars at the peach-brick Catholic church in tiny Rio Grande City.
WORLD
February 5, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
Brazilian police killed at least 10 male suspects, including two teenagers, during operations against drug traffickers in Rio de Janeiro. Police inspector Rodrigo Oliveira told O Globo newspaper that 300 police officers took part in the early-morning raids. The action came a day after hundreds of police occupied a slum in Sao Paulo in response to shootouts and car burnings sparked by the alleged police killing of a suspect.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 5, 2009 | Andrew Blankstein
In a case that could cast suspicion on lawn ornaments everywhere, authorities say they have busted a drug ring that used concrete donkey statues to smuggle $1.5 million worth of marijuana into the Los Angeles area. At least 15 people have been arrested in connection with the scheme to ship 1,800 pounds of pot in 200 concrete burros, which were discovered last month in a shipping container at the Port of Long Beach.
WORLD
December 28, 2008 | Times Wire Reports
A Mexican beauty queen detained on suspicion of drug and weapons violations has been stripped of her crown in the Hispanoamerican Queen pageant, organizers said. Laura Zuniga, 23, was stripped of first-place honors for "failure to comply with the regulations of the title she represents," Bolivia-based pageant organizing company Gloria Promociones said in a statement. She beat more than 19 contestants from Latin America, the Caribbean and the United States to win the title in October.
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