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March 12, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Five Los Angeles-area residents were jailed on drug charges after an undercover officer allegedly bought two kilograms of cocaine from them, police said. The arrests followed an investigation by officials of the Drug Enforcement Agency, South Lake Tahoe police and two other agencies. The five were being held in the El Dorado County jail in lieu of $150,000 bail each. They were identified as Hector Delcid, 25; Hilda Delcid, 45; Haroldo Gutierrez, 24; Ramirez Lopez, 31, and Javier Ascenio, 48.
August 7, 2003 | From Times Staff Writers
Authorities arrested two San Gabriel Valley men in what one federal drug official said Tuesday was the largest seizure of crystal methamphetamine in the United States. Joa Chun-Yin and Thai Tong Long face federal charges of intending to distribute 70 pounds of a methamphetamine product known as "ice." Jose Martinez, a spokesman for the federal Drug Enforcement Agency in Los Angeles, said the drugs had a wholesale value of $4.5 million with a street value perhaps three times that.
July 31, 1997 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
In raids from San Juan's airport to homes in Florida and Ohio, federal agents arrested nine Delta Air Lines workers suspected of smuggling tons of cocaine for the Cali cartel. They were indicted earlier in the day, along with three other Delta workers who had not been located, said Pedro J. Janer, spokesman for the Drug Enforcement Agency in San Juan. The employees worked in San Juan as ramp, cargo or ticket agents in a three-year period.
September 13, 1988 | From United Press International
Narcotics investigators today said they seized almost $6.7 million from a house in Walnut when they broke up a Colombian drug smuggling ring. The cash was the most ever confiscated in California and the largest ever made at one location in the country, police said. Four Colombian nationals were arrested as a result of the investigation by West Covina police, the Sheriff's Department and the federal Drug Enforcement Agency.
June 20, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
About 40,000 opium poppies were seized Thursday, the first time the drug-producing plants have been found in a national forest in California, officials said. When officers arrived, three men dressed in camouflage fled into the forest, which borders the south side of Yosemite National Park. The men had been slashing pods on the plants to let the opium ooze out, said Sue Exline of the U.S. Forest Service.
April 7, 1990 | CAROL WATSON
County narcotics officers concluded a three-month investigation this week with the arrests of five Oxnard residents on drug charges. Officers from the Oxnard Police Department, Ventura County Sheriff's Department, Port Hueneme Police Department and the federal Drug Enforcement Agency searched two houses in Oxnard and one in Port Hueneme, said Sgt. Frank Devorick of the Oxnard Police Department.
September 17, 2011 | By Lisa Girion, Scott Glover and Doug Smith, Los Angeles Times
Propelled by an increase in prescription narcotic overdoses, drug deaths now outnumber traffic fatalities in the United States, a Times analysis of government data has found. Drugs exceeded motor vehicle accidents as a cause of death in 2009, killing at least 37,485 people nationwide, according to preliminary data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While most major causes of preventable death are declining, drugs are an exception. The death toll has doubled in the last decade, now claiming a life every 14 minutes.
March 2, 2014 | By Richard Fausset and Richard A. Serrano
MEXICO CITY - With the arrest of Sinaloa cartel boss Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, the leadership of Mexico's largest and most sophisticated illegal drug operation has probably transferred to Ismael "El Mayo" Zambada, a 66-year-old former farmer with a knack for business - and maintaining a low profile. But Zambada is likely to discover, much as Guzman did, that inheriting the throne of top capo comes with a series of complications worthy of a Shakespearean king. Like his predecessor, Zambada is a country boy made good who hails from the badlands of Sinaloa, the traditional heart of Mexican drug-smuggling culture.
March 11, 2014 | By Joseph Serna and Emily Alpert Reyes, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
Drug enforcement agents raided and shut down several marijuana dispensaries Tuesday, the first move in what authorities say is a case they are building against a Los Angeles man. About 11 a.m., agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration with the help of Los Angeles police raided the Black Rose dispensary in Fairfax, Downtown Medical Caregivers off Main Street, Washington and Western Medical Group in Harvard Heights, Herbman in Exposition Park...
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