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April 11, 1985
A ramshackle old fishing boat ordered to stop for a routine safety check in San Francisco Bay was carrying more than 32 tons of marijuana worth an estimated $195 million, said a federal Drug Enforcement Agency spokesman. He said it was the largest West Coast seizure of the drug in the recollection of agents. A U.S. Customs special agent said it was believed the boat, the 76-foot Oregon Beaver out of Coos Bay, picked up its load from a "mother ship" offshore.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 21, 2013 | By Jill Cowan
A "freakish series of events" led to honor student Zachary Champommier's death on a night in June 2010 - that much is clear, a federal judge said Wednesday. But whether the plainclothes drug enforcement officers who shot the 18-year-old after he drove into a Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy in a Studio City parking lot were justified in doing so is a more complex matter. In a 43-page mixed verdict, U.S. District Judge Michael Fitzgerald awarded $3 million to Champommier's parents - $2 million to his mother and $1 million to his father, Eric Feldman - but also determined that the authorities were not negligent in their actions.
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August 24, 1988 | JOHN VOLAND, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
From the Life Imitates Art (Badly) file: A stunt man who once portrayed a Drug Enforcement Agency operative in "Miami Vice" has been convicted in federal court of smuggling 39 tons of marijuana into Florida. A jury decided that Thomas Bahr, 33, and six other people were involved in a drug-smuggling ring that brought the marijuana into Naples, Fla., between May, 1985, and February, 1986.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 27, 2013 | By Rong-Gong Lin II
Beverly Hills police and the Drug Enforcement Agency collected 52 pounds of old prescription medication Saturday in an effort to get residents to safely dispose of unwanted pills. The Take Back event, held between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, was designed as a safe way to clear unused drugs out of medicine cabinets. Old pills are a significant source of abused narcotic drugs, police said, and officials worry about children or pets eating the medicine accidentally. The DEA sponsored Take Back events across the country and in more than 50 other locations throughout L.A. County.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 21, 1988 | John Voland, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Book acquisition fever struck hard Thursday. Television stylemeister Michael Mann announced that he had acquired small-screen rights to Elaine Shannon's "Desperadoes," a hard-hitting account of Latin American drug enforcement geopolitics and the murder of Drug Enforcement Agency operative Jorge Camarena.
NEWS
May 29, 1987 | Associated Press
The chairman of the House select committee on narcotics said Thursday that he is trying to learn whether there is a link between contra supply flights and drug smuggling but contended the Justice Department and CIA are stonewalling his panel. Rep. Charles B. Rangel (D-N.Y.), the chairman, commented after Atty. Gen. Edwin Meese III refused to allow Drug Enforcement Agency officials to participate in a private briefing for his committee.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 27, 2013 | By Rong-Gong Lin II
Beverly Hills police and the Drug Enforcement Agency collected 52 pounds of old prescription medication Saturday in an effort to get residents to safely dispose of unwanted pills. The Take Back event, held between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, was designed as a safe way to clear unused drugs out of medicine cabinets. Old pills are a significant source of abused narcotic drugs, police said, and officials worry about children or pets eating the medicine accidentally. The DEA sponsored Take Back events across the country and in more than 50 other locations throughout L.A. County.
NEWS
November 24, 1988 | JOHN HURST, Times Staff Writer
Undercover narcotics officers wearing black hoods to protect their identities blazed away at bad-guy targets on a police range in Pasadena on Wednesday, using new submachine guns to demonstrate how the federal Drug Enforcement Agency hopes to combat well-armed dope dealers. DEA officials said the submachine guns are being issued to all its agents nationwide as a response to the arms build-up of drug dealers, who frequently possess powerful assault weapons when taken into custody.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 21, 2013 | By Jill Cowan
A "freakish series of events" led to honor student Zachary Champommier's death on a night in June 2010 - that much is clear, a federal judge said Wednesday. But whether the plainclothes drug enforcement officers who shot the 18-year-old after he drove into a Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy in a Studio City parking lot were justified in doing so is a more complex matter. In a 43-page mixed verdict, U.S. District Judge Michael Fitzgerald awarded $3 million to Champommier's parents - $2 million to his mother and $1 million to his father, Eric Feldman - but also determined that the authorities were not negligent in their actions.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 14, 1991 | MATT LAIT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Rocco, a black-haired German shepherd with a keen sense of smell and a full set of teeth, has been training to become the California Highway Patrol's first canine officer in Orange County. The dog's arrival will highlight a task not usually associated with the traffic enforcement agency: drug interdiction. "Narcotics have to go from one point to another, and quite often they're transported on the freeways," said CHP Lt. Rick Criner.
NATIONAL
August 20, 2005 | Cynthia H. Cho, Times Staff Writer
A 10-month investigation led to more than 160 arrests in four U.S. cities and two foreign countries this week, and broke up three major transportation rings that smuggled methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin and other drugs into the country, the Drug Enforcement Administration said Friday. The foreign rings, which had ties to 27 U.S. distribution groups, brought in enough methamphetamine to provide the drug to more than 22,700 people each month, the government said.
MAGAZINE
January 18, 2004 | Lee Green, Lee Green last wrote for the magazine about secular ethicist Michael Josephson.
On an otherwise unremarkable day nearly 30 years ago, in a San Fernando Valley head shop, an ordinary man on LSD had an epiphany. The one thing that could save the world, it came to him, was hemp. Thunderbolts come cheap on LSD, but this one looked good to Jack Herer even after his head cleared. The world needed relief from its addiction to oil and petrochemicals. From deforestation and malnutrition. From dirty fuels, sooty air, exhausted soils and pesticides.
NEWS
October 24, 1995 | From Associated Press
A man arrested earlier this month is not the man Milan police thought he was--a former Mexican police commander wanted in the United States in connection with the killing of a U.S. drug agent. Fingerprints proved that the arrested man is not Jorge Armando Pavon Reyes, a police captain said Monday. The arrested man's identity was called into question last week after another man held a news conference in Mexico City to declare that he is Pavon Reyes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 14, 1991 | MATT LAIT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Rocco, a black-haired German shepherd with a keen sense of smell and a full set of teeth, has been training to become the California Highway Patrol's first canine officer in Orange County. The dog's arrival will highlight a task not usually associated with the traffic enforcement agency: drug interdiction. "Narcotics have to go from one point to another, and quite often they're transported on the freeways," said CHP Lt. Rick Criner.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 26, 1990
A plea bargain for a Honduran drug kingpin--already convicted in the kidnaping of slain U.S. drug agent Enrique Camarena--failed to materialize Tuesday.
NEWS
July 13, 1990 | HENRY WEINSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Prosecution witnesses fabricated testimony and government lawyers tried to create a political smoke screen to obtain convictions in the high-profile Enrique Camarena murder trial, three defense lawyers asserted Thursday in closing arguments in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles.
NEWS
May 22, 1990 | DOUGLAS JEHL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The average purity of cocaine sold in the United States declined significantly in the first four months of this year, possibly indicating that shortages have forced traffickers to dilute their product, according to data collected by the Drug Enforcement Administration. The statistics, compiled at the request of The Times, show that cocaine marketed in one-gram quantities across the country is now about one-fifth less pure than that purchased by federal agents last year.
NEWS
July 13, 1990 | HENRY WEINSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Prosecution witnesses fabricated testimony and government lawyers tried to create a political smoke screen to obtain convictions in the high-profile Enrique Camarena murder trial, three defense lawyers asserted Thursday in closing arguments in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 30, 1990 | HENRY WEINSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A key prosecution witness in the trial of four men accused of involvement in the murder of U.S. drug agent Enrique Camarena was caught in several significant contradictions Tuesday while under cross-examination by defense attorneys.
NEWS
May 26, 1990 | HENRY WEINSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A ranking Mexican police official "got loaded" on cocaine while he attended parties at the home of a Guadalajara narcotics cartel leader, a prosecution witness testified Friday during the federal trial of four men accused of murdering U.S. drug agent Enrique Camarena.
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