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July 5, 2001 | PATRICIA WARD BIEDERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two Santa Clarita residents were shot, one critically wounded, in a house in which a suspected methamphetamine lab was found, authorities said Wednesday. Just after midnight Tuesday, a man called police to report, "My wife has just been shot," according to Lt. Scott Young of the Santa Clarita Valley sheriff's station. In the house, in the 23400 block of Darcy Lane, police found a man and woman, both with gunshot wounds to the upper body. Another man was found unharmed in the house, police said.
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May 20, 2001 | KIM MURPHY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the dark evergreen forests that shroud the flanks of Mt. Rainier, there always has been a whiff of danger. The paw print of a black bear in the mud. A cougar's gold glint through the brush. These days, the biggest hazards are man-made. The recent discovery of a makeshift shack, a camp stove and several containers of chemicals--the makings of a major, backwoods methamphetamine lab--has prompted the closure of the 26,000-acre Tahoma State Forest in western Washington.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 7, 2001 | CAROL CHAMBERS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Lake Los Angeles, a high-desert community at the northeast edge of Los Angeles County, has no lake, one traffic signal and two markets. And at least 33 illegal meth labs have been shut down in the almost three years since a task force of sheriff's deputies and state narcotics agents started targeting the area. With about 14,000 residents in less than 150 square miles, Lake Los Angeles represents about 3% of the Antelope Valley in area and population.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 8, 2001 | From a Times Staff Writer
Two Pomona men were in jail Saturday after their arrest on suspicion of manufacturing methamphetamine at a home for disabled children and adults. Several of the home's residents were in protective custody, police said. Arrested shortly before midnight Friday at the home in the 500 block of West 7th Street were Mario Baca, 29, and Richard Frederick Fraley, 30. Both are suspected of manufacturing a controlled substance.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 25, 2001 | HOLLY J. WOLCOTT and TIMOTHY HUGHES, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Police arrested nine people in two counties Saturday after discovering what they described as a sophisticated drug lab inside a Santa Paula Airport hangar that contained two dozen large barrels of high-grade methamphetamine oil. John Brooks, 45, an airplane mechanic who lived in the hangar, was arrested with four other men and a 17-year-old boy early Saturday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 25, 2001 | HOLLY J. WOLCOTT and TIMOTHY HUGHES, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Police arrested nine people in two counties Saturday after raiding a sophisticated drug lab in a Santa Paula Airport hangar that contained two dozen large barrels of high-grade methamphetamine oil. John Brooks, 45, a popular airplane mechanic who lived in the hangar, was arrested along with four other men and a 17-year-old boy. Authorities had not identified the men arrested with Brooks. They are all from Mexico and were not carrying identification, authorities said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 31, 2001 | E. SCOTT RECKARD and RICHARD MAROSI, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
An Orange County chemical supply company linked to more than 100 illegal drug labs in Southern California, Arizona and Nevada has pleaded guilty to felony charges, and a judge has authorized the sale of its assets to pay a $100,000 fine, federal prosecutors said Tuesday. ChemLab Supplies Inc. of Placentia, through its attorney, pleaded guilty Monday to knowingly distributing chemicals and glassware used in manufacturing methamphetamine.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 31, 2001 | E. SCOTT RECKARD and RICHARD MAROSI, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
An Orange County chemical supply company linked to more than 100 illegal drug labs in Southern California, Arizona and Nevada has pleaded guilty to felony charges, and a judge authorized the sale of its assets to pay a $100,000 fine, federal prosecutors said Tuesday. ChemLab Supplies Inc. in Placentia, through its attorney, pleaded guilty Monday to knowingly distributing chemicals and glassware for manufacturing methamphetamine.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 5, 2001 | RICHARD FAUSSET
A Sun Valley man was arrested following a police search of his home in which they discovered homemade explosive devices, methamphetamine and chemicals used to produce the drug. The discovery Wednesday caused the evacuation of nearby homes and businesses for much of the night as a safety measure. The suspect, Payton Charles Anderson, 37, was arrested on an outstanding felony drug possession warrant, authorities said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 16, 2000 | CAROL CHAMBERS and MICHAEL KRIKORIAN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Paula's Kitchen is out of business. Authorities said Friday they have closed down one of the largest methamphetamine operations in the Antelope Valley, seizing drugs and drug-making chemicals with a street value of $30 million and arresting three people. The yearlong investigation, named "Operation Paula's Kitchen" after one of the alleged leaders of the enterprise, uncovered what authorities said was a "one-stop shopping center" for the illegal drug.
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