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June 6, 1986 | From Reuters
Police arrested 42 people and seized weapons and drugs in raids across England on Thursday in what they described as one of the country's biggest anti-drug operations. Police spokeswoman Maureen Busby said the operation, code-named "Enmesh," is the culmination of five months work by undercover agents.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 24, 2013 | By Adolfo Flores
A violent prison gang ran drugs in Orange County's jails, ordered brutal beatings of inmates, collected tariffs from neighborhood gangs and issued so-called hard candy lists that marked disobedient members for death, according to indictments made public Tuesday In what authorities described as a major blow to the Mexican Mafia, 129 people were indicted by federal and state authorities on racketeering and other charges related to a criminal enterprise...
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July 23, 1985 | Associated Press
Federal and local law enforcement agents arrested dozens of people today in a crackdown on drug dealing that the FBI said was one of the largest raids of its kind in the nation. An FBI spokesman said the raid seeking 132 people culminated a two-year federal investigation and involved cocaine, marijuana and heroin. The raids were conducted in Chicago, Cicero and Aurora, as well as in Indianapolis and Hammond, Ind.; Miami, and Lansing, Mich.
WORLD
December 24, 2012 | By Chris Kraul, Los Angeles Times
CARTAGENA, Colombia - Under cover of a moonless night in early July, the crew took no more than five minutes to load more than a ton of cocaine on a motorboat beached on a deserted shore of the Guajira peninsula in northeastern Colombia. Equipped with three 200-horsepower engines, the "go-fast" craft then roared off toward the Dominican Republic, the first stop on the drugs' way north. But they'd been detected long before. Informants working for a top-secret group of Colombian agents, trained and equipped by U.S. counter-narcotics agencies, had penetrated the smugglers' inner circle.
WORLD
September 5, 2003 | From Reuters
British police said Thursday that they had seized $6 billion worth of suspected U.S. bonds after smashing a major international drug trafficking ring. If the bonds are genuine, the seizure is huge: The wealth of the late Colombian drug baron Pablo Escobar was estimated by Fortune magazine in the late 1980s at $2 billion.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 12, 1993
The city of Ventura will hold an auction Saturday to sell off unclaimed equipment and property seized in drug raids. Everything from bicycles to jewelry will be up for bid at rates that auctioneer Tom Needles said are lower than retail 99% of the time. "You pay less, but there's a risk with everything that has a cord sticking out of it," Needles said. That is because the city will not allow potential buyers to plug in electronic equipment before they bid. "It's a crapshoot," Needles said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 24, 1986 | Mark Landsbaum \f7
Acting on complaints from residents, Anaheim police swept through Modjeska Park and a nearby residence Friday, arresting 12 adults and juveniles on drug sale charges, police said. The arrests stemmed from an undercover investigation by the Anaheim Police Department's special Street Crime Apprehension Team, which has made numerous purchases of illegal substances over a two-month period at the park, Sgt. Gordon Blair said.
NEWS
July 19, 1986 | JIM SCHACHTER, Times Staff Writer
Defense Secretary Caspar W. Weinberger castigated the media Friday for news leaks that he said stripped the element of surprise from U.S.-Bolivian raids on the South American nation's high-production cocaine laboratories. "Some element of surprise was indeed lost," and the lives of 160 U.S. soldiers and drug agents participating in the raids were put at risk because of the press reports, Weinberger said at a news conference before delivering a speech to the Greater San Diego Chamber of Commerce.
NEWS
May 18, 2012 | By Sandra Hernandez
The controversy surrounding a May 11 predawn anti-drug operation in Honduras that left four people dead is growing. And so are question about the role of American forces in that firefight. U.S. counter-narcotics efforts in Honduras now include special U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the New York Times has reported. The DEA's role in the May 11 operation has come under scrutiny after differing accounts emerged in recent days. American and Honduran officials have said DEA agents were aboard a helicopter that was pursuing a canoe carrying drug traffickers.
NATIONAL
January 5, 2012 | By Michael Muskal, Los Angeles Times
What police officials said began as a routine drug raid against a suspect with a relatively minor criminal record ended in gunfire that killed one officer and wounded five others in Ogden, Utah. State and national flags were lowered Thursday to honor the dead and wounded officers as top officials from a regional narcotics task force continued their investigation into the Wednesday night raid that took the life of Ogden Officer Jared Francom, a seven-year veteran who is survived by his wife and two children.
WORLD
October 31, 2010 | By Laura King, Los Angeles Times
Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Saturday denounced a large-scale drug raid in which U.S. forces and Russian drug agents took part, calling it a violation of Afghan sovereignty. The outburst marked the latest in a series of tense confrontations between the Afghan leader and his Western backers. It also signaled a degree of disarray within the Karzai administration, because Afghan counter-narcotics police took part in the operation, playing what U.S. officials described as the lead role.
WORLD
December 23, 2009 | By Tracy Wilkinson
The young marine received the highest military honors that the Mexican state could offer. Killed during a raid that ended the life of a notorious drug lord, the marine was buried a hero, ushered to his grave by an honor guard of commandos in camouflage, his mother awarded a folded flag. Hours later, the grieving mother, the marine's sister, his brother and an aunt were mowed down by gunmen in a revenge attack that sent a chilling message to the Mexican military combating drug traffickers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 18, 2008 | H.G. Reza, Times Staff Writer
A task force of local police and federal agents has dealt a serious blow to a Santa Ana street gang that ran a drug business from a poor, densely populated neighborhood, officials said Friday. A 10-month investigation into alleged gang activity in the Bishop Manor apartment complex in the city's southeast side ended early Thursday with a raid by Santa Ana police and federal authorities on about a dozen units.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 20, 2008 | Scott Glover, Times Staff Writer
Seemingly defiant to the end, a former Los Angeles police officer convicted of participating in a home invasion-style robbery ring declined Monday to address a federal judge moments before sentencing, an opportunity many defendants use to plead for leniency. William Ferguson, a 35-year-old father of three, stood silently with his hands chained at his waist as U.S. District Judge Gary A. Feess sentenced him to 102 years in federal prison.
WORLD
December 16, 2006 | Sam Enriquez, Times Staff Writer
Mexican President Felipe Calderon didn't wait long to challenge the violent drug traffickers that control parts of Michoacan, his home state. But Operation Michoacan United, announced Monday, so far looks like a bust -- and not the kind Calderon had in mind. A week after taking the oath of office, Calderon ordered more than 6,000 soldiers, sailors and federal police to swarm towns where warring drug smugglers are believed responsible for as many as 500 killings this year.
NATIONAL
November 23, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Police who shot and killed a 92-year-old woman in Atlanta after she wounded three officers were looking for a man who sold drugs to undercover agents at her home, authorities said. The plainclothes investigators got a search warrant after buying drugs from a man at Kathryn Johnston's home, Assistant Police Chief Alan Dreher said. Fulton County Dist. Atty. Paul Howard said a preliminary review showed the officers had a legal right to search the home.
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