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February 11, 2009 | Tony Perry
Thirty-three people were arrested in an undercover operation targeting suspected drug dealers selling in off-base military housing, the district attorney's office said Tuesday. Operation Endless Summer began in fall when civilian and military officials became concerned about an apparent increase in drug-trafficking in military housing. Officials declined to specify the housing complex. Law enforcement personnel seized $19,000 in cash, two pounds of methamphetamine, a half-pound of cocaine, more than 75 OxyContin pills, 100 ecstasy pills, more than 400 marijuana plants and seven guns.
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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.
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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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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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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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June 6, 2008 | Andrew Blankstein and Ann M. Simmons, Times Staff Writers
A Boyle Heights gun battle between Los Angeles police officers and a group of drug suspects Thursday left a narcotics detective wounded and a suspect dead. The detective, a 14-year veteran, suffered a non-life-threatening injury to one leg, but escaped a potentially deadly wound to his head when a bullet ricocheted off his helmet, authorities said. The firefight occurred about 3 p.m.
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April 16, 2008 | Sam Quinones and Andrew Blankstein, Times Staff Writers
Maria "Chata" Leon, an illegal immigrant whose former Glassell Park home police said was for years the center of neighborhood drug activity, was arrested by federal agents Tuesday, authorities said. Leon, 44, was charged in federal court with illegally reentering the country, a felony that carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, said Lori Haley, spokeswoman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
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