February 22, 1985
Federal agents staging raids in nine states arrested 81 members of the Bandidos motorcycle gang on warrants charging them with narcotics, weapons and racketeering offenses. The gang is believed to control a major part of the U.S. methamphetamine--or "speed"--and PCP drug trade, the FBI said. FBI Director William H.
February 6, 1999 |
Two men accused in an alleged plot to use biological weapons against President Clinton and other officials were sentenced to more than 24 years in prison in Brownsville, Texas, for sending threatening e-mail to government agencies. Johnie Wise and Jack Abbott Grebe, both members of the separatist group Republic of Texas, gave rambling anti-government speeches at their sentencing and challenged U.S. District Judge Hilda Tagle's jurisdiction.
March 12, 1991 |
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.
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August 7, 2003 |
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 |
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 |
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.
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June 20, 2003 |
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.
March 2, 2014 |
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.
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December 31, 1994
The U.S. Border Patrol seized more than 330 pounds of marijuana this week at the San Clemente checkpoint, bringing its yearly total to nearly 10,000 pounds worth an estimated $7.8 million, authorities said Friday. Inspectors using drug-sniffing dogs seized more than $265,000 worth of marijuana from four vehicles in unrelated searches Wednesday, said Board Patrol spokesman Marco Ramirez. Three people were arrested and were turned over to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency.