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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 29, 2000
A condominium that had been the scene of several drug arrests is being sold by its owner as part of a lawsuit settlement, authorities announced Friday. The suit was filed by the Citywide Nuisance Abatement Program last year after police surveillance resulted in multiple arrests at the condo, according to the Los Angeles city attorney's office. Under the settlement agreement, Margaret Keeler of North Hills must vacate and sell the property at 10125 De Soto Ave.
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NEWS
November 29, 1999 | From the Washington Post
Cocaine and marijuana seizures inside the southwestern U.S. border and along Mexico's Pacific coast have escalated dramatically in the last two years, alarming U.S. law enforcement authorities, who say Mexican traffickers are sending greater quantities and larger loads of drugs into the United States. Seizures of marijuana by U.S. agencies along the southwestern U.S. border, where 70% of all illicit drugs enter the country, are up as much as 33% over last year, according to U.S.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 14, 1998 | PAMELA J. JOHNSON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Newspaper photographers clicked away as law enforcement officers proudly held their firearms in front of the mountain of cocaine they had just seized. Television crews lugged heavy equipment and elbowed their way toward the U.S. customs pilots in green flight suits. Meanwhile, Sultan Vom Lorscher Rathaus quietly sat in the hangar. He didn't care about the fame associated with participating in one of the largest drug busts in Ventura County. All he wanted was his belly scratched.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 5, 1998 | HOLLY J. WOLCOTT
Two men have been jailed following a three-week investigation that uncovered $50,000 worth of cocaine and heroin at homes in Ventura and Santa Paula, police said Saturday. Ventura resident Silvestre Torres Contreras, 28, remained jailed Saturday in lieu of $250,000 bail after being arrested Thursday on suspicion of selling four ounces of cocaine to undercover officers at a Ventura house, police said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 3, 1998 | VALERIE BURGHER
In one of the largest drug seizures in county history, police confiscated more than $900,000 worth of hallucinogenic mushrooms and dismantled a methamphetamine lab Tuesday in a La Habra neighborhood. "It's just an ungodly amount of mushrooms," La Habra Police Officer Rich Kanger said. "You just don't see mushrooms around that much anymore, let alone this much." Authorities evacuated 40 residents from the Glencliff Street apartment complex, where the drugs were found Monday night.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 26, 1998
Re "Socialite Admits to Selling Drugs, Gets Jail Time," April 22: I can't help but wonder. If this Newport Beach socialite was a minority first-time offender from Long Beach, would this entire case have been handled differently? I believe so. Just when you think change has taken place in our society, you are given cause to think again. How sad. FRANK CHLARSON Corona del Mar Tina Schafnitz was arrested March 16 for selling cocaine. How many other drug arrests were made that day, and have been made since, in Orange County?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 22, 1997 | GEOFF BOUCHER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A gambling ring that thrived for more than two decades in this city's beach-side bars and restaurants--and, in recent years, used a toll-free number to help cloak its customers--has been crippled by eight arrests, police and prosecutors said this week.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 16, 1997
Last December, Matt Steele, 18 and at the time a senior at Palos Verdes Peninsula High School in Rolling Hills Estates, was caught smoking marijuana in a residential area a few blocks from school. Because of the district's policy of zero tolerance for drugs, he had to transfer to a continuation high school. He graduated in June. He spoke with DEBORAH BELGUM about how his drug bust affected his life. My parents were pretty bummed out. They caught me smoking about a year and a half ago.
NEWS
January 7, 1997 | From Times Wire Reports
Authorities said they had arrested 25 suspected members of the Juarez drug cartel, including 16 federal, state and municipal police officers. The cartel is based in the border city of Juarez across from El Paso, Texas, according to a statement by the Mexican Attorney General's Office. The statement said authorities confiscated three Lear jets, several cars, cash and weapons following an investigation of private flights out of the Toluca international airport just west of Mexico City.
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