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March 13, 2009 | Jia-Rui Chong
A suspicious smell in a residential neighborhood Thursday led police to a pair of industrial-size drums of chemicals and the arrest of four people believed to be involved in manufacturing PCP, according to authorities. Officers went to the home in the 200 block of Cambridge Street, where they found two 55-gallon drums of what is believed to be ether, said Jackie Bezart, a spokeswoman for the Long Beach Police Department. She said the chemicals posed no threat to people outside the house.
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.
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.
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.
November 8, 2008 | The Associated Press
Mexico detained a former senior police official Friday on suspicion of aiding drug traffickers, as well as an alleged founder of a vicious gang of drug cartel hit men. Police arrested Jaime Gonzalez Duran, also known as "The Hummer," in the northern city of Reynosa, across the border from McAllen, Texas. Gonzalez Duran is allegedly one of the founding members of the Zetas, a group of army deserters who went to work as hit men for the Gulf cartel.
July 3, 2008 | From Reuters
Oscar winner Tatum O'Neal, the former child actress who chronicled her struggles with addiction in a 2004 memoir, pleaded guilty in New York on Wednesday to disorderly conduct stemming from her drug arrest in June. O'Neal, 44, was ordered to attend two half-day drug treatment sessions and pay a $95 fee, court officials said. O'Neal was initially charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, a misdemeanor offense punishable by up to one year in jail, court officials said.
June 24, 2008 | Paloma Esquivel, Times Staff Writer
The estranged wife of a Fullerton high school teacher and her boyfriend documented in a series of text messages nearly every step of a plan to plant a shotgun and marijuana in the instructor's car, according to court documents released Monday. Gregory Abbott, 31, a teacher at Sunny Hills High School, was arrested last month when police, acting on a tip, searched his car in the school parking lot and found a shotgun, marijuana and prescription drugs.
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