Advertisement
YOU ARE HERE: LAT HomeCollectionsDrug Trafficking Los Angeles
IN THE NEWS

Drug Trafficking Los Angeles

CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 16, 2000 | DAVID ROSENZWEIG and MARLENE CIMONS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A Mexican drug trafficking ring that flooded the United States with cheap and highly pure heroin, causing an upsurge in overdoses, was broken up Thursday with the arrest of nearly 200 suspects, federal authorities said. The ring, centered in Los Angeles for the last five years, sold 60% to 80% pure heroin to drug users in at least 22 cities across the country, according to law enforcement officials. Until recently, the purity of Mexican black-tar heroin had been 30% to 40%.
Advertisement
NEWS
May 28, 2000 | STEVE BERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the dead of night, a man pulled his van into a driveway in a peaceful Santa Clarita neighborhood and quietly opened a multimillion-dollar stash house for one of the most violent drug cartels in Mexico. He had picked a neat two-story home in Valencia to store millions in income from drug deals before the money was shipped to Mexico.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 14, 2000 | TERRY MCDERMOTT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The man arrested last week in one of the largest seizures of the drug ecstasy in U.S. history is a textile importer who had previously been granted immunity in exchange for his testimony in a long-running investigation of the counterfeit clothing industry. Benjamin Wizmann, 41, was arrested at his Hollywood Hills home last week on suspicion of importing almost half a million ecstasy tablets.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 6, 2000 | DAVID ROSENZWEIG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A federal magistrate revoked bail for medical marijuana advocate Todd McCormick on Wednesday, citing what he said was "clear and convincing evidence" that McCormick was smoking pot when he allegedly led a CHP officer on a 90-mph chase in November. But Judge James W. McMahon said he had no authority to rule on a prosecutor's motion to forfeit part of the $500,000 bail posted on behalf of McCormick by actor Woody Harrelson. He said that question must be decided by U.S. District Judge George H.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 4, 2000 | From a Times staff writer
Medical marijuana advocate Todd McCormick, who is awaiting sentencing for a federal drug conspiracy conviction, was jailed Monday pending the outcome of a hearing on whether he violated the terms of his bail. The U.S. attorney's office filed papers in Los Angeles federal court seeking to revoke McCormick's bond because of his arrest in November after a 90-mph freeway chase in Orange County. A California Highway Patrol officer testified during a hearing before federal magistrate James W.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 16, 1999 | ROBERT J. LOPEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles City Atty. James K. Hahn on Monday announced the filing of a court injunction to severely restrict the activities of two Harbor City gangs accused of terrorizing and intimidating residents of their neighborhood. Hahn alleged that 30 people named in the court papers have helped turn a working-class community near the Port of Los Angeles into a "24-hour-a-day drug dealing hell and a battleground where violence frequently erupts."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 29, 1999 | ANNETTE KONDO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Landlord Hal Samith said he did not know the home he rented out on Cantara Street in Reseda had become a drop-in spot for drug addicts. Samith's tenant, an elderly man, seemed like a responsible renter. But that was before Samith got the call from the Los Angeles city attorney's office notifying him that three people, including his tenant, had been arrested on suspicion of illegal drug activity. Soon, the city attorney began eviction proceedings and the man moved out.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 29, 1999 | ANNETTE KONDO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Landlord Hal Samith said he didn't know the home he rented out on Cantara Street in Reseda had become a drop-in spot for drug addicts. Samith's tenant, an elderly man, seemed like a responsible renter. But that was before Samith got the call from the Los Angeles city attorney's office notifying him that three people, including his tenant, had been arrested on suspicion of illegal drug activity. Not long after, the city attorney began eviction proceedings and the man moved out.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 21, 1999 | JOHN L. MITCHELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two USC seniors who allegedly sold thousands of doses of the hallucinogenic drug LSD to undercover narcotics agents pleaded not guilty Monday to federal drug charges. The students, Hugh McLetchie and Rita Wadhwani, both 21, made their pleas during a federal court arraignment on nine drug counts, including selling drugs within 1,000 feet of a playground, which could result in a stiffer punishment if they are convicted. A trial date was set for Nov. 2. Assistant U.S. Atty.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 15, 1999
In an unusual turn of events, the Los Angeles City Council unanimously agreed Tuesday to a request by member Nate Holden to require cable companies to remove sneakers tied together and left dangling from overhead lines. While Holden says the sneakers are menacing signals of gang territory and drug sales, Los Angeles Police Department officials have said they are pranks.
Los Angeles Times Articles
|