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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 2, 1999 | AGNES DIGGS
Los Angeles police searching for a parole violator discovered a drug lab in a mobile home. Officers were serving a search warrant Friday afternoon at a mobile home park at 24425 Woolsey Canyon Road when they were "hit in the face with fumes, so they had to back out quickly," said Lt. Timothy Moss of the Los Angeles Police Department's West Valley station.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 22, 1999
Police are investigating the explosion of a large methamphetamine lab in South Pasadena that critically burned a 47-year-old parolee and caused more than $100,000 in damage to a two-story home, authorities said Wednesday. The blast, which rocked the 1300 block of Indiana Avenue shortly before midnight Tuesday, severely burned the legs, arms and face of Jack C. Helms Jr., a state parolee who served prison time for manufacturing a controlled substance, according to police.
BUSINESS
February 6, 1999 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
ICN Pharmaceuticals Inc. said Friday the Belgrade government is attempting to illegally wrest control of ICN's troubled Yugoslav unit, the country's biggest drug maker and biggest private employer. The U.S. Embassy has lodged a complaint with the Yugoslav government's Department of Foreign Ministry, the company said, and the U.S. State Department has been notified.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 14, 1999 | DAVID ROSENZWEIG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two San Fernando Valley men were convicted Wednesday of taking part in a sophisticated marijuana growing enterprise that operated indoors in three suburban homes. A federal jury returned guilty verdicts against Daniel Carson Adams, 58, of Woodland Hills and his son-in-law, Earl Martin Torgerson, 51, of North Hollywood. Six defendants have now been convicted in the marijuana growing scheme, which operated out of residences in Sherman Oaks, Woodland Hills and La Puente.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 9, 1999 | DANIEL YI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Detectives seized more than 200 doses of the so-called "date rape drug" and arrested a 27-year-old Newport Beach man following an investigation into a series of nonfatal overdoses, police said Friday. Brian David Altneu, 27, was taken into custody Thursday evening on suspicion of possessing the drug for sale. Detectives recovered more than a half gallon of liquid gamma-hydroxy-butyrate contained in two plastic bottles marked "not water, do not drink."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 13, 1998 | JASON KANDEL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Eight people were in federal custody Thursday after the FBI and local law enforcement officials broke up what they described as a violent street gang responsible for manufacturing $1 million worth of methamphetamine a month. Santa Ana police served warrants on at least eight Orange County homes Wednesday night, seizing an undisclosed amount of methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin in addition to guns. State narcotics agencies also took part in the investigation, officials said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 19, 1998 | JANET WILSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Eight people were arrested Friday after raids on suspected methamphetamine labs in Santa Ana, Anaheim and Fullerton, police said. Several pounds of the illegal drug were seized in the raids, which began midafternoon and ended about 6 p.m., Fullerton Police Lt. Mike Stedman said. Two search warrants were served in Anaheim, one in Santa Ana and one in Fullerton, all in residential areas, police said. Police found evidence of illegal drug labs in Anaheim and Santa Ana, Stedman said.
NEWS
June 30, 1998 | CHRIS CHI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Four police investigators fled for their lives after coming across a booby-trapped methamphetamine lab at the Newbury Park home of Bradley Raville earlier this month, a sheriff's detective testified Monday. Moving cautiously inside a backyard shed, investigators came upon the trap while opening a door whose handle had been tied to a can of highly flammable chemicals, Ventura County Sheriff's Det. Richard Barrios testified during a pretrial hearing for Raville.
NEWS
January 31, 1998 | RICHARD WINTON and NICHOLAS RICCARDI, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Southern California is taking its war on methamphetamines to an unlikely front--the counter at your neighborhood pharmacy. As the region tries to shake its reputation as the methamphetamine capital of America, an array of localities is cracking down on a source of one of the illicit drug's key ingredients--over-the-counter cold medicines.
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