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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 5, 2007 | From Times staff and wire reports
A suspected drug smuggler stabbed a U.S. Border Patrol agent in the leg Tuesday after agents stopped a car loaded with 186 pounds of marijuana on California 94 near Campo, authorities said. The alleged assailant, an unidentified woman, was arrested along with a man who tried to flee after the agents laid a tire-deflating spike strip in front of their car. The agent, stabbed with a 3-inch pocketknife, was reported in good condition at a hospital.
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WORLD
August 24, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
U.S. forces intercepted a submarine-like vessel packed with tons of cocaine and arrested the crew off Guatemala. Four suspects were captured after they abandoned the semi-submersible vessel discovered by officials from Customs and Border Protection, the Navy and the Coast Guard, the customs agency said in a statement. The vessel was intercepted Sunday about 300 miles southwest of the Mexico-Guatemala border, the U.S. Coast Guard said in a separate statement.
WORLD
April 28, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Federal police said they arrested two drug smugglers who had disguised themselves as Mexican soldiers and confronted Texas police. Oscar Alonso Candelaria Escajeda and Ivan Gandara Trejo were detained Thursday in the border city of Ciudad Juarez, according to a statement from the federal public security secretary. It said that the two crossed into Hudspeth County, Texas, in January 2006.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 17, 2007 | Garrett Therolf, Times Staff Writer
A random check of a car at the U.S.-Mexico border in San Ysidro this week led to one of the state's largest heroin seizures and will cause the drug to be far scarcer in Southern California in the coming weeks, authorities said. The narcotic is perhaps the most difficult to intercept, officials say, because it is often trafficked in small quantities that are easy to conceal.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 30, 2007 | Richard Marosi, Times Staff Writer
Seven of the largest tunnels discovered under the U.S.-Mexico border in recent years have yet to be filled in, authorities said, raising concerns because smugglers have tried to reuse such passages before. Among the unfilled tunnels, created to ferry people and drugs, is the longest one yet found -- extending nearly half a mile from San Diego to Tijuana. Nearby, another sophisticated passageway once known as the Taj Mahal of tunnels has been sitting unfilled for 13 years, authorities say.
NATIONAL
January 19, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-El Cajon) introduced a bill Thursday to pardon two former Border Patrol agents convicted of shooting an unarmed drug smuggler who fled across the Rio Grande after they stopped his van with 743 pounds of marijuana. Former Texas-based agents Ignacio "Nacho" Ramos and Jose Alonso Compean were sentenced to 11 and 12 years, respectively, after being found guilty of assault with a dangerous weapon, defacing a crime scene and violating the smuggler's rights.
WORLD
January 3, 2007 | Sam Enriquez and Richard Marosi, Times Staff Writers
Mexican President Felipe Calderon on Tuesday opened the second front in his campaign against drug violence, sending 3,300 soldiers, sailors and federal police to the troubled border city of Tijuana. Tijuana and surrounding communities are a key battleground in the drug cartels' fight to control smuggling routes to the United States. Their bloody rivalries left more than 2,000 people dead in Mexico last year.
WORLD
December 13, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Spanish police foiled an attempt to smuggle cocaine into the country inside lollipops, a regional government official said. Gang members in Colombia packed the drug into 55 lollipops and sent them by airmail via Madrid's Barajas International Airport, Vicente Ripa Gonzalez, governor of the northern region of Navarra, said in Pamplona. Civil Guard officers and customs officials intercepted the package at the airport. Three suspects have been arrested.
WORLD
November 23, 2006 | Sam Enriquez and Richard Marosi, Times Staff Writers
The top cop in this unhinged border city has 300 openings on a 600-member police force, and his fearful greeting gave a big clue why. "Please, please don't use my name or take a photograph," the interim chief begged. One police chief was killed last year, a second quit in the spring, and no one else appears brave enough, or foolhardy enough, to work this side of the law in Nuevo Laredo.
WORLD
September 13, 2006 | David Holley, Times Staff Writer
The collapse of an apparent attempt to frame an opposition leader in Kyrgyzstan on heroin-smuggling charges threw the Central Asian state into political turmoil Tuesday. Former parliament Speaker Omurbek Tekebayev was arrested at Warsaw's international airport last week after a wooden doll containing heroin was found in his luggage.
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