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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 30, 1999
Eighteen people have been arrested in the past week in a crackdown on suppliers of chemicals to methamphetamine manufacturers in the Los Angeles area, the U.S. attorney's office said Thursday. Among those arrested was the owner of a Torrance plastics manufacturing company, which was accused of supplying large amounts of Freon to two drug rings that were targeted in the probe. Freon is used in the methamphetamine "cooking" process.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 29, 1999 | LOUISE ROUG, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Guests at a La Palma hotel had to be evacuated twice in one day after a fire broke out in a room that was used to cook the drug methamphetamine. La Quinta Inn guests were first ordered out of their rooms Tuesday morning, after a tip revealed that a room on the seventh floor was being used as a makeshift drug laboratory. About 8 p.m. Tuesday, a fire broke out in the same room. It had was started by a hot plate that had been used to cook up the drugs that was never unplugged.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 28, 1999 | LOUISE ROUG, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Police evacuated dozens of guests and employees from a La Palma hotel Tuesday morning after the discovery of a drug laboratory in one of the top-floor rooms. The manager of the La Quinta Inn received an anonymous tip about the lab Tuesday morning and called police. Officers and firefighters entered the seventh-floor room to find an ether-like odor and a yellow haze filling the room. They also found cooking equipment and chemicals used for the production of the drug methamphetamine.
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.
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.
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