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July 8, 1989 | From United Press International
With the permission of the Panamanian government in exile, federal agents stopped a ship from Panama City and confiscated 3,359 pounds of cocaine, one of the largest seizures in U.S. history, authorities said Friday. Adm. Paul A. Yost, Coast Guard commandant, flew here from Washington for a news conference on the seizure, which he called special because the street value of the confiscated cocaine could have reached nearly $1 billion.
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September 8, 2007 | Bill Shaikin and Lance Pugmire, Times Staff Writers
On a day baseball's steroid investigator pleaded with players to talk to him, Troy Glaus of the Toronto Blue Jays and Rick Ankiel of the St. Louis Cardinals became the latest athletes alleged to have ordered performance-enhancing substances from a Florida pharmacy at the center of a national investigation into Internet drug trafficking.
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December 28, 1989 | LEE MAY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Planned marches by the Ku Klux Klan to protest Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday celebration have heightened tensions here in the wake of a series of bombings and attempted bombings that remain unsolved, civil rights and law enforcement officials said Wednesday. Klan organizations plan at least two marches next month--one on Jan. 6 and the other on Jan. 20. A permit has been issued for the first demonstration, and one for the second is pending, police said.
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February 9, 1995 | MIKE CLARY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
More than 70,000 people found their way to this remote patch of high ground last weekend to hear country music star Little Jimmy Dickens; see clowns, football stars and racing pigs; and, for $5, enjoy a plateful of smoked mullet, hush puppies and coleslaw. Legendary backcountry guide Loren G. (Totch) Brown was on hand too, autographing copies of his memoirs.
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April 27, 1990 | Associated Press
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.
NEWS
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.
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December 10, 1988 | United Press International
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
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May 23, 1990 | DOUGLAS JEHL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At least 10 current or former members of the Coast Guard have been targeted in a secret federal investigation of charges that they peddled cocaine or aided traffickers while on anti-drug duty in the Florida Keys, the service's commandant announced Tuesday.
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April 27, 1990 | Associated Press
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.
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December 28, 1989 | LEE MAY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Planned marches by the Ku Klux Klan to protest Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday celebration have heightened tensions here in the wake of a series of bombings and attempted bombings that remain unsolved, civil rights and law enforcement officials said Wednesday. Klan organizations plan at least two marches next month--one on Jan. 6 and the other on Jan. 20. A permit has been issued for the first demonstration, and one for the second is pending, police said.
NEWS
July 8, 1989 | From United Press International
With the permission of the Panamanian government in exile, federal agents stopped a ship from Panama City and confiscated 3,359 pounds of cocaine, one of the largest seizures in U.S. history, authorities said Friday. Adm. Paul A. Yost, Coast Guard commandant, flew here from Washington for a news conference on the seizure, which he called special because the street value of the confiscated cocaine could have reached nearly $1 billion.
NEWS
July 3, 1989
An unprecedented statewide crackdown by 1,000 Florida officers ended with nearly 2,200 people arrested on charges of using or dealing crack cocaine. Operation Rock Pile seized more than 3,000 "rocks" of the purified cocaine. Many suspects were arrested by officers posing as dealers. Others were captured in raids and dramatic foot chases. Many of the suspects were charged with cocaine possession or sale, and then used bail bondsmen to post $5,000 to $10,000 bail.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
January 24, 1989 | DAVID G. SAVAGE, Times Staff Writer
The Supreme Court Monday upheld police use of low-flying helicopters to detect marijuana plants, ruling that such searches do not violate a homeowner's right to privacy. The 5-4 ruling in a Florida case clears up most legal doubts about searches by hovering helicopters, which are employed widely by local and state authorities in California.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
January 24, 1989 | DAVID G. SAVAGE, Times Staff Writer
The Supreme Court Monday upheld police use of low-flying helicopters to detect marijuana plants, ruling that such searches do not violate a homeowner's right to privacy. The 5-4 ruling in a Florida case clears up most legal doubts about searches by hovering helicopters, which are employed widely by local and state authorities in California.
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