April 27, 1990 |
Drug agents raided a suburban house after finding 400 pounds of cocaine in cars leaving the building, sparking a shoot-out that left one suspect dead and an FBI agent slightly wounded, police said Thursday.
June 23, 1988
Florida Gov. Bob Martinez announced plans to appoint a drug czar who would be the nation's first state-level coordinator of the campaign against illegal narcotics. "Florida's drug problem won't get any better unless we develop tougher and more creative policies and penalties," Martinez told reporters in announcing the post. Martinez, a Republican first-term governor, said he wants the drug czar to consider using Florida National Guard troops to stem the flow of drugs into the state.
December 10, 1988 |
University of Florida President Marshall Criser announced his resignation Friday as head of Florida's largest university. His resignation, effective March 31, comes as police and legal officials investigate drug use on campus, but Criser, 60, said he was resigning to spend more time with his family.
July 2, 1989
More than 1,700 people were arrested by undercover police officers posing as crack dealers in a weekend crackdown from the Florida Panhandle to the Keys. Officers at times made nearly 100 arrests an hour, and it was expected the total could top 2,000 before the 48-hour operation concluded. Nearly 1,000 officers in 61 of the state's 67 counties participated in "Operation Rock Pile," which was organized by the Florida Sheriffs Assn.
March 10, 1989
France complained to the United States about an incident at Miami International Airport involving a French diplomatic pouch that American customs officials believe may have contained narcotics, the State Department said. The French Foreign Ministry said U.S. customs agents held a French courier for nine hours after sniffer dogs and X-rays led them to believe his diplomatic pouch contained cocaine.
November 4, 1988
The U.S. Customs Service, in the second such action against Eastern Airlines in as many weeks, fined the airline $1,088,000 after agents found 68 pounds of cocaine aboard a jetliner earlier this week. Eastern was forced last week to post a $900,320 letter of credit to win release of an Eastern L-1011 aircraft seized by Customs agents after 56 pounds of cocaine were found in a mailbag on the jetliner.