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February 24, 1999 | DOUGLAS P. SHUIT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A drug kingpin arrested in the largest cocaine seizure in Long Beach police history apparently "fell through the cracks" and was inadvertently released from Los Angeles County Jail, authorities said Tuesday. The disclosure was made at a news conference in which drug task force investigators showed off 438 kilos of the cocaine seized after a two-month investigation. The case netted five other arrests and $1.1 million in cash.
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October 10, 1998 | DARRELL SATZMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
With nine arrests this week and several more suspects named, Santa Clarita sheriff's deputies say they have broken up a network of burglars responsible for dozens of residential thefts during the last three years. But this is not your typical crime syndicate. The alleged burglars are all students at Saugus High School. "So far, these are kids who all fit into the skateboarder mold," said Det.
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October 10, 1998 | JOSE CARDENAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Tipped off when they intercepted a cell-phone conversation last summer, drug enforcement investigators have arrested three alleged cocaine traffickers, breaking up what they called a "significant" drug operation in the east San Fernando Valley. The operation is believed to have been responsible for distributing 200 kilograms of cocaine per month, authorities said Friday. The men arrested operated out of homes in Sylmar and San Fernando, according to Nora M.
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September 4, 1998 | DAVID ROSENZWEIG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Twelve suspected members of a narcotics ring accused of manufacturing and shipping hundreds of pounds of methamphetamine across the country have been arrested by a federal-local drug task force. The arrests Wednesday culminated a yearlong probe into a Los Angeles-based drug trafficking organization allegedly headed by Hector Octavio Salcido, who lives in Mexico but was arrested in El Monte.
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July 17, 1998
Three suspects were arrested Thursday on charges of shooting a man while trying to steal up to half a ton of marijuana from him, Los Angeles County sheriff's officials said. The victim was wounded in the arm and taken to a nearby hospital, where he was listed in good condition, said Deputy Joan Raber. When he is ready to be released, he will be booked for possession of marijuana with intent to sell, she said.
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April 16, 1998 | LORENZA MUNOZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Newly released transcripts of conversations between police and a 17-year-old Yorba Linda youth who was a drug informant indicate that the young man knew he was in danger. The attorney for the family of Chad MacDonald released transcripts Wednesday of taped conversations between Brea police and MacDonald, who was found strangled in a South-Central Los Angeles alley in March.
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April 5, 1998 | SCOTT MARTELLE and BONNIE HAYES, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Yorba Linda teenager Chad A. MacDonald Jr., a handsome onetime Little Leaguer, spent the last months of his life playing at the edges, balancing his involvement with illicit drugs against his role as juvenile police snitch. When the 17-year-old slipped off that edge, the fall was dramatic, resonating far beyond his Orange County neighborhood and leading to broad condemnations of the Brea Police Department's use of juvenile informants and calls in Sacramento for laws banning the practice.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 4, 1998
Medical marijuana activist Todd McCormick was jailed by a federal magistrate Friday after prosecutors said that he tested positive for the drug, violating a condition of bail in his pending trial for cultivating more than 4,000 cannabis plants. Despite emotional pleas by McCormick and his lawyer that the government's test results were wrong, U.S. Magistrate James McMahon ordered the 27-year-old cancer victim taken into custody. A bail revocation hearing was set for April 22.
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March 24, 1998 | NICK ANDERSON and BONNIE HAYES and MICHAEL G. WAGNER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Even as Brea police continued to deny allegations that they put a 17-year-old in harm's way, well-placed law enforcement sources confirmed Monday that the police had indeed used the youth as an informant weeks before he was slain. One of the sources added, however, that Brea police maintain they cut off their relationship with Chad MacDonald Jr. before he was found tortured and strangled at the hands of suspected drug dealers.
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