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March 20, 1989 | H.G. REZA, Times Staff Writer
Calling it the single biggest roundup of methamphetamine manufacturers in U.S. history, federal and state drug agents ended a successful 9-month sting operation Sunday with the apprehension of about 100 suspected drug dealers and the closing of 23 meth labs in the San Diego area. About 350 officers from several law enforcement agencies descended on dozens of homes at 6 a.m. and arrested numerous suspects in San Diego and Orange counties and as far north as Mammoth Lakes.
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July 28, 1995 | DAN WEIKEL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the first ruling of its kind, a federal appeals court has overturned the crack cocaine conviction of a San Diego gang member because defense lawyers were denied government records related to charges that federal law enforcement unfairly targets blacks for prosecution. The decision by the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco said District Judge Judith Keep set too high a standard to determine whether the accused, Nolan Reese, should be granted documents from the U.S.
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NEWS
May 19, 1988
The U.S. Coast Guard seized a 45-foot fishing boat off the coast of San Diego Wednesday after finding less than an ounce of marijuana on board, authorities said. The commercial gill netter Lococo Brothers, was the third seized in a week off the Southern California shore under the federal "zero tolerance" drug crackdown. A boarding team found the drugs about 9:50 a.m.
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March 22, 1995 | JESSE KATZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ricky Donnell Ross, the legendary Los Angeles drug lord who vowed to pursue a legitimate business career after his release from prison last fall, has been indicted for allegedly purchasing 100 kilograms of cocaine from an undercover agent, authorities said Tuesday. Ross, 35--a charismatic, dreadlocked, ex-millionaire better known as Freeway Rick--could face a life sentence if convicted.
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October 6, 1990 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Los Angeles lawyer and former federal prosecutor was arrested Friday outside his Pacific Palisades house on charges--detailed in indictments in San Diego and Phoenix--that he ran a cocaine ring with his clients and failed to pay taxes on drug money, federal authorities said. Prosecutors also suggested that Juan Paul Robertson, 44, stole $980,000 cash, a 1979 Cadillac and two kilograms of cocaine from his clients. Calling it the "ultimate betrayal," U.S. Atty.
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May 27, 1994 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The U.S. Border Patrol announced that agents seized 346 pounds of cocaine worth $11 million and arrested three suspected smugglers in a sparsely populated area 30 miles southeast of San Diego. The three were seen on foot hauling seven large duffel bags over the hills near Dulzura, five miles north of the Mexican border, Border Patrol officials said. After a brief chase, the three unarmed men, all Mexican nationals, were arrested.
NEWS
July 17, 1988 | Associated Press
The U.S. Coast Guard no longer will board boats just to search for drugs under the "zero tolerance" program, the force's top official said. "We will not seize a vessel for zero tolerance alone," Adm. Paul Yost, Coast Guard commandant, told the editorial board of the San Diego Union on Friday. "We won't go after a vessel unless we suspect other wrongdoing and won't seize the vessel unless the U.S. attorneys are willing to embrace the case and prosecute."
NEWS
September 25, 1992 | NORA ZAMICHOW, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It's harvest time and a bumper crop of marijuana is growing in the Southern California backcountry, authorities say. From remote canyons in national forests to irrigated citrus groves, growers have planted the highly profitable cannabis, having been pushed southward by beefed-up police surveillance in Northern California.
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July 28, 1995 | DAN WEIKEL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the first ruling of its kind, a federal appeals court has overturned the crack cocaine conviction of a San Diego gang member because defense lawyers were denied government records related to charges that federal law enforcement unfairly targets blacks for prosecution. The decision by the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco said District Judge Judith Keep set too high a standard to determine whether the accused, Nolan Reese, should be granted documents from the U.S.
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March 22, 1995 | JESSE KATZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ricky Donnell Ross, the legendary Los Angeles drug lord who vowed to pursue a legitimate business career after his release from prison last fall, has been indicted for allegedly purchasing 100 kilograms of cocaine from an undercover agent, authorities said Tuesday. Ross, 35--a charismatic, dreadlocked, ex-millionaire better known as Freeway Rick--could face a life sentence if convicted.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 27, 1994 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The U.S. Border Patrol announced that agents seized 346 pounds of cocaine worth $11 million and arrested three suspected smugglers in a sparsely populated area 30 miles southeast of San Diego. The three were seen on foot hauling seven large duffel bags over the hills near Dulzura, five miles north of the Mexican border, Border Patrol officials said. After a brief chase, the three unarmed men, all Mexican nationals, were arrested.
NEWS
September 25, 1992 | NORA ZAMICHOW, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It's harvest time and a bumper crop of marijuana is growing in the Southern California backcountry, authorities say. From remote canyons in national forests to irrigated citrus groves, growers have planted the highly profitable cannabis, having been pushed southward by beefed-up police surveillance in Northern California.
NEWS
October 6, 1990 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Los Angeles lawyer and former federal prosecutor was arrested Friday outside his Pacific Palisades house on charges--detailed in indictments in San Diego and Phoenix--that he ran a cocaine ring with his clients and failed to pay taxes on drug money, federal authorities said. Prosecutors also suggested that Juan Paul Robertson, 44, stole $980,000 cash, a 1979 Cadillac and two kilograms of cocaine from his clients. Calling it the "ultimate betrayal," U.S. Atty.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 19, 1990
At least 22 employees of Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Harbor City have been temporarily suspended as part of a one-year undercover investigation of alleged sale and use of drugs at the facility, hospital officials said Wednesday. They said no final disciplinary action had been taken and law enforcement officials had not been brought in, although that possibility was not ruled out.
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February 10, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The first undercover, joint operation of the California Highway Patrol, U.S. Customs Service and the Drug Enforcement Administration has netted drugs with a street value of $2.3 million, 32 firearms, stolen cars and cash totaling more than $1 million, officials announced Friday. The sting, dubbed "Operation Hydra," began in 1987 and was operated out of a Chula Vista warehouse that opened in May, 1988, said Clarence Tuck, chief of the California Highway Patrol.
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March 20, 1989 | H.G. REZA, Times Staff Writer
Calling it the single biggest roundup of methamphetamine manufacturers in U.S. history, federal and state drug agents ended a successful 9-month sting operation Sunday with the apprehension of about 100 suspected drug dealers and the closing of 23 meth labs in the San Diego area. About 350 officers from several law enforcement agencies descended on dozens of homes at 6 a.m. and arrested numerous suspects in San Diego and Orange counties and as far north as Mammoth Lakes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 19, 1990
At least 22 employees of Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Harbor City have been temporarily suspended as part of a one-year undercover investigation of alleged sale and use of drugs at the facility, hospital officials said Wednesday. They said no final disciplinary action had been taken and law enforcement officials had not been brought in, although that possibility was not ruled out.
NEWS
October 17, 1988
Law enforcement officials said they have cracked a San Diego-area cocaine-distribution ring with the arrest of a gang leader and 16 of the gang's members. Police said 27 people were named in a 38-count federal indictment, with warrants still out for 10 other members of the Syndo-Mob gang who had yet to be arrested. The purported gang leader, Kevin (Schoolyard) Andre Standard, 24, of Chula Vista, was said to have overseen the sale of up to 60 kilograms of rock cocaine a month.
NEWS
July 17, 1988 | Associated Press
The U.S. Coast Guard no longer will board boats just to search for drugs under the "zero tolerance" program, the force's top official said. "We will not seize a vessel for zero tolerance alone," Adm. Paul Yost, Coast Guard commandant, told the editorial board of the San Diego Union on Friday. "We won't go after a vessel unless we suspect other wrongdoing and won't seize the vessel unless the U.S. attorneys are willing to embrace the case and prosecute."
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