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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.
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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.
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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
September 18, 2008 | Christine Hanley
A man and a woman have been charged with trying to steal clothes and electronics from a Target store, and the man also faces a sexual battery charge, prosecutors said Wednesday. Jeremy Dean Stone, 21, of Buena Park and Tanya Rose Ekberg Oelke, 19, of Fountain Valley are each charged with one misdemeanor count of second-degree commercial burglary and one misdemeanor count of petty theft. Orange County prosecutors said Stone and Oelke went to the Target store in Cypress, where Oelke allegedly used a razor blade to cut the packaging of two MP3 players to steal the contents Monday night while Stone acted as a lookout.
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