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August 15, 2013 |
Federal prosecutors Thursday unveiled indictments and charges against 57 people who authorities said smuggled massive quantities of cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine from Mexico to the Los Angeles area using PVC piping concealed in the axles of big rigs. A federal Southern California drug task force arrested 18 of the alleged traffickers. The others remain fugitives, including Mexico-based Miguel Angel Molinero-Castro, characterized by prosecutors as the boss of the Molinero organization.
August 6, 2013 |
Let's start with the story behind "We're the Millers," the new comedy starring Jennifer Aniston and Jason Sudeikis. The writers of the very funny "Wedding Crashers," Bob Fisher and Steve Faber, came up with the idea and wrote the first drafts of "The Millers," about a small-time drug dealer who uses a fake family as cover for one major score. Sean Anders and John Morris, who crafted "Hot Tub Time Machine" - also funny, also raunchy - finished the script. What's mystifying is why anyone thought combining these two writing teams' sensibilities made sense.
March 2, 2013 |
To create a successful antihero, a writer must pull off a narrative sleight of hand, convincing the audience that black is white, or at least an acceptable shade of gray. The trick is to pull it off without getting caught, which is the first failure of ABC's high-aspiring but poorly executed "Red Widow. " In the series, which premieres Sunday, the antihero is Marta Walraven (Radha Mitchell) living the uber Mommy high life in Marin County until her husband is gunned down in her driveway.
January 22, 2013 |
A British woman who tried to smuggle several pounds of cocaine into Bali was sentenced Tuesday to death, a far more severe punishment than the 15 years behind bars sought by Indonesian prosecutors. The court found there were "no mitigating circumstances" to allow leniency for Lindsay Sandiford, Agence France-Presse reported . Her actions could tarnish Bali as a tourist destination, the judges reportedly said. Sandiford, 56, is the second British citizen in recent months to receive a death sentence for drug crimes in Indonesia.
May 16, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Responding to an increase in smuggling tunnels along the California and Arizona borders, the House on Wednesday passed legislation aimed at helping law enforcement combat underground drug trafficking. In a rare bipartisan vote, the House overwhelmingly approved the Border Tunnel Prevention Act. President George W. Bush in 2006 signed legislation making it a federal crime to build or finance a cross-border tunnel to smuggle drugs, illegal immigrants and weapons.
April 26, 2012 |
The Transportation Security Administration labeled the drug-smuggling case at Los Angeles International Airport that came to light Wednesday as a "significant" breach in security . If so, there's a bigger problem than just the LAX case. Earlier this month, a former TSA officer admitted his role in a drug-smuggling scandal from 2010 to 2011 on the East Coast. The case is taking place in New Haven , Conn., and others involved have already pleaded guilty. Here's what the Hartford Courant reported on April 17 : "Three Transportation Security Administration officers, two police officers and more than a dozen drug dealers in Florida, New York and Connecticut are charged in the smuggling conspiracy that delivered illegal oxycodone pills from Florida to the Waterbury [Conn.]