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April 25, 1992 | JIM NEWTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Federal and local law enforcement agents Friday seized a $1-million Pacific Palisades home and arrested its owner, who is suspected of using the house as a manufacturing center for a major Southern California Quaalude operation. The owner, Robin Allen, was asleep when officers arrived Friday afternoon, and did not come to the door despite their pounding. More than a dozen officers--representing the Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S.
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February 17, 2012 | By Sam Allen, Los Angeles Times
About $100 million worth of PCP was seized this week in Los Angeles and Culver City in what authorities described as a major bust of a national drug-trafficking organization. Officials said they found huge amounts of PCP — totaling roughly 10 million individual doses, which in the Los Angeles area sell for between $10 and $20 each — at two local storage facilities and several other locations. Authorities also recovered nearly $400,000 in cash. Authorities believe the trafficking organization included at least 10 individuals locally and that it was distributing to Texas, New York and Washington, D.C., and other U.S. cities.
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March 16, 1991 | JANET RAE-DUPREE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Department of Water and Power officials felt like they had stepped into a scene from "Hogan's Heroes." Pulling aside a tool cabinet in a storage shed at the Scattergood Generating Station in Playa del Rey on March 1, investigators found a strange addition--a hinged, wooden trap door concealing the entrance to a narrow tunnel. Grabbing several flashlights, investigators lowered themselves into the dank shaft and began slithering forward on their bellies.
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August 14, 1997
In an effort to tackle an open-air drug market on Orion Avenue in North Hills, Councilman Richard Alarcon has urged prosecutors to consider seeking an anti-gang injunction similar to others credited with reducing crime elsewhere in the city. The injunction proposal is at a discussion stage, said Alarcon, who added that police and housing authority officials and other agencies need to be consulted.
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December 6, 1990 | RICHARD A. SERRANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Just days before the 39th and Dalton drug raid, a Los Angeles police captain suggested to his troops in a roll-call session that if an officer shot a gang member "it would not be a loss to the community" and LAPD "management would not view it negatively," according to an internal police report made public Wednesday.
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February 23, 1989 | DAVID FREED and FREDERICK M. MUIR, Times Staff Writers
Federal agents swept through Los Angeles' downtown jewelry district Wednesday, breaking up what they described as an international scheme in which more than $1 billion from cocaine sales was laundered for Latin American drug traffickers. At least 24 people, many of them jewelers, were charged here. Seven others were charged in New York and Florida. Authorities said the money-laundering scheme was the largest and one of the most elaborate of its kind ever uncovered in the United States.
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October 24, 1992 | JEFF KRAMER and KEN ELLINGWOOD, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
U.S. marshals seized control of a federally subsidized apartment building in the Oakwood section of Venice Friday and placed it under round-the-clock guard, alleging that the property owner failed to take reasonable measures to stem drug peddling there. The 16-unit complex is one of 15 Venice apartment buildings that will soon be patrolled by a security company affiliated with Minister Louis Farrakhan's Nation of Islam.
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March 15, 1991 | JANET RAE-DUPREE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two secret underground rooms that may have been used to grow marijuana have been found beneath a Department of Water and Power generating station, prompting an investigation into who built them and why, authorities said. Acting on an informant's tip, DWP investigators discovered the two 10-by-40-foot rooms--supplied with electricity, fresh water and a ventilation system--at the Scattergood Generating Station near El Segundo on March 1, DWP special agent Chuck Rubidoux said.
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March 11, 1993 | CARMEN VALENCIA
After taking a 50-site tour of the best and worst of Sun Valley, members of the Sun Valley Community Venture Council will take the knowledge and craft a plan for residents to improve the city and combat gangs and crime. "We want to organize the community to advocate for a better community," said member Michael Schaffer, a county probation officer.
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May 28, 1990 | IRENE CHANG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Carol Hamilton squinted and surveyed the crowd of about 150 people eating hot dogs, dancing to rap music and playing softball Sunday afternoon at Ross Snyder Recreation Center in South-Central Los Angeles. "If there are gang bangers here they must be having a good time," said Hamilton, executive assistant to Councilman Gilbert W. Lindsay, standing in the shade of a yellow- and white-striped tent and handing out cookies to youngsters. "Today, there's no turf thing going on here."
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April 15, 1996 | NORA ZAMICHOW, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A small drug village of mostly homeless men has sprung up like a wild mushroom on an abandoned lot in the shadow of Los Angeles City Hall and the downtown Criminal Courts Building. "I think it's funny when I shoot dope and look at the court building and City Hall," said Jeff, 34, a self-described heroin user for 14 years who bared his arm and prepared to seek a vein while gazing at the city's most venerable institutions. "It's a beautiful view, and it's more beautiful when I'm loaded.
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April 22, 1995 | ANN W. O'NEILL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Stanley Bryant, allegedly a leader of a ruthless, Pacoima-based crack cocaine syndicate, conceded to a Superior Court jury on Friday that he was a drug dealer. But he testified that he was no drug kingpin, and he definitely was no killer. Bryant, also known by the nickname "Peanut Head," suggested to the jury in Los Angeles that police had fabricated some of the evidence against him. He is on trial with three alleged employees of the notorious Bryant Family cocaine ring for the Aug.
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April 21, 1993 | DAVID COLKER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jason Wasserman no longer gets a kick from cocaine. Every year, millions of dollars worth of the stuff passes through his hands. And every work day, without fail, he gets a new shipment. But it has become a bore. Wasserman is one of three chemists employed by the Los Angeles Police Department in the San Fernando Valley. He and two colleagues at the department's Van Nuys Station do 50 to 100 drug analyses a week. The vast majority of these are cocaine-related.
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April 8, 1993 | RICHARD LEE COLVIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The city of Los Angeles added sweeping powers of arrest Wednesday to its legal arsenal in a battle to free a San Fernando Valley street from the grip of a drug-dealing gang that has been compared to an occupying army. Van Nuys Superior Court Judge John H. Major issued a 22-point injunction against the Blythe Street gang in Panorama City, forbidding gang members to engage in many otherwise legal acts, such as standing on rooftops or possessing portable telephones.
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April 8, 1993 | RICHARD LEE COLVIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The city of Los Angeles added sweeping powers of arrest Wednesday to its legal arsenal in the battle to free a San Fernando Valley street from the grip of a drug-dealing gang that has been compared to an occupying army. Van Nuys Superior Court Judge John H. Major issued a 22-point injunction against the Blythe Street gang in Panorama City, forbidding gang members to engage in many otherwise legal acts such as standing on rooftops or possessing portable telephones.
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March 11, 1993 | CARMEN VALENCIA
After taking a 50-site tour of the best and worst of Sun Valley, members of the Sun Valley Community Venture Council will take the knowledge and craft a plan for residents to improve the city and combat gangs and crime. "We want to organize the community to advocate for a better community," said member Michael Schaffer, a county probation officer.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 24, 1991
A 28-year-old man was killed and a second man injured when shots were fired into a Wilmington home early Saturday during an apparent drug dispute. James Anthony Lariva died at the scene of the 4:25 a.m. shooting in the 1600 block of North Broad Avenue. He had been shot twice in the back. Police also found a 36-year-old man who had been shot several times in the legs.
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January 29, 1991
Detectives Monday were seeking the gunman who shot and killed a man during an apparent drug-related argument in a Hollywood parking lot. Officers sent on a call about 12:45 a.m. Sunday found Guillermo Luna, 20, lying in an apartment building parking lot in the 6600 block of Yucca Street, said police Detective Dennis Kilcoyne. Luna died at the scene of a single gunshot to the head, Kilcoyne said.
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February 6, 1993 | ALICIA DI RADO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Six San Fernando Valley residents and 12 others were honored Friday for risking their lives to fight drug sales and gang crime in their neighborhoods, the Los Angeles city attorney's office said.
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February 3, 1993 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A bullet hole mars the Diet Coke ad on a sign in Jae Joo Kim's store, a 24-hour Donut King anchoring a troubled Van Nuys mini-mall. Another bullet hole has punctured another part of the sign, distorting the red plastic letters announcing that small drinks cost 55 cents. There is yet another bullet hole just outside, in the black metal molding that frames one of the plate-glass windows.
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