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August 15, 2013 | By Richard Winton
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.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 22, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
A former baggage handler for Delta Air Lines at Los Angeles International Airport was sentenced Thursday to one year in prison for his part in a cross-country drug ring that used an employee entrance to sneak heroin and cocaine into checked luggage.  Ulysses Bluntson -- who was arrested in early 2012 -- was sentenced in U.S. District Court after he was convicted of conspiracy to enter an airport area in violation of security requirements, said...
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NEWS
July 29, 1986 | From Reuters
Top anti-narcotics police and officials from 75 countries around the world gathered Monday for the opening of a world conference on fighting drug smuggling, a job many feel is an uphill struggle.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 19, 2013 | By Richard Marosi
SAN DIEGO -- Mexican drug kingpin Eduardo Arellano Felix was sentenced Monday to 15 years in federal prison for his role in a notorious Tijuana drug cartel that over several decades transformed Baja California into a springboard for drug smuggling into the U.S. Arellano Felix, the last of four brothers targeted for running the organized crime group, was portrayed by U.S. prosecutors as the chief financial officer who laundered tens of millions...
NEWS
April 15, 1987 | From Reuters
Police arrested three Bolivian women disguised as nuns at Amsterdam airport as they tried to smuggle 37 pounds of cocaine through customs under their habits, a customs spokesman said Tuesday.
NEWS
February 15, 1989 | From Associated Press
Seventy drug smugglers were hanged in Tehran and 25 other Iranian cities Tuesday, an official report said. It was the largest number of traffickers executed in a single day of a ferocious anti-narcotics crackdown. Sixty-seven men were hanged in public at dawn in a blinding snowstorm and three women were executed inside Iranian prisons, the official Islamic Republic News Agency reported.
NATIONAL
November 30, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
An investigation of Dade County, Fla., jails found that officers allegedly helped smuggle contraband to inmates, The Miami Herald reported. A yearlong secret probe by police and the FBI claimed that jail officers looked the other way or took part as marijuana and cocaine were brought to inmates in exchange for cash, jewelry and sporting equipment, the newspaper said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 18, 1991
Four Colombian nationals suspected of participating in what authorities describe as a highly sophisticated drug smuggling ring will be arraigned today in federal court on charges of smuggling and possession of cocaine. Three of the men were arrested Saturday at the St. George Motor Inn in Tarzana. They were identified as Luis Fernando Ochoa, 30, of Hollywood; Ivan Ochoa, 38, of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and Julian Zambrano-Martinez, 54, of Bogota, Colombia.
NATIONAL
September 16, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
A soldier stationed in Colombia as part of the war on drugs was sentenced to six years in prison after pleading guilty in a scheme to smuggle cocaine into the U.S. using military planes. Army Staff Sgt. Kelvin Irizarry-Melendez, 26, pleaded guilty at Ft. Bliss to conspiracy, wrongful importation of cocaine and a charge related to taking money to Colombia. His rank was reduced to private, and he will receive a dishonorable discharge.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 4, 2000
An Escondido physician was sentenced on Friday to two years in prison in connection with charges that he smuggled Mexican pharmaceuticals into the United States, authorities said. Miguel Castillo admitted that he smuggled Neomelubrina, a non-steroid anti-inflammatory drug not yet approved in the United States, across the Mexican-American border between November 1994 and July 1998 to his home in Escondido, according to Assistant U.S. Atty. Melanie Pierson.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 16, 2013 | By Mary MacVean
Teenagers grieve the loss of loved ones in particular ways that reflect their sense of invincibility and their efforts to grow into adulthood, psychologist Moises Rodriguez said. In another of a series of The Times parenting conversations called 4Moms, Rodriguez shared insights into the teenage perspective on loss and offered some ways parents can help them cope. Teens, as they develop their own identities, might not be as close to their families as to their peers, said Rodriguez, who works in the division of adolescent medicine at Children's Hospital Los Angeles . If a grandparent dies, that could bring the teen closer to relatives as they mourn the loss.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 15, 2013 | By Richard Winton
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 6, 2013 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 2, 2013 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
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.
WORLD
January 22, 2013 | By Emily Alpert
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.
NATIONAL
May 16, 2012 | By Richard Simon
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.
NEWS
April 26, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
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.]
WORLD
March 8, 2012 | By Brian Bennett, Los Angeles Times
Despite intensified counter-narcotics efforts over the last five years, the military's ability to stop drug smuggling into the U.S. from Latin America has declined as planes and ships have been diverted to combat operations around the globe, according to a senior military officer. As a result, the Navy and Coast Guard are stopping one of three suspected seaborne drug shipments headed to American shores, Gen. Douglas Fraser, commander of the U.S. Southern Command, told reporters Wednesday.
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