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October 24, 1996 | ROBERT J. LOPEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Actor Edward James Olmos, whose film "American Me" angered the Mexican Mafia, was allegedly extorted for money and property by prison gang members. The disclosures are contained in a defense motion filed in a federal racketeering case against reputed Mexican Mafia members. The revelations represent the first time a public document has named the actor as an alleged victim of the group. There have been long-standing suspicions that Olmos was targeted by the prison gang.
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March 20, 2014 | By Richard Marosi
California has emerged as the major gateway for methamphetamine into the country, with Mexican organized crime groups smuggling an estimated 70% of the U.S. supply through state border crossings, according to a report released Thursday by state Atty. Gen. Kamala D. Harris. The 98-page report on trends in transnational organized crime also cites maritime smuggling, money laundering and criminal alliances between Mexican drug cartels and Southern California gangs as growing public safety threats.
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June 16, 1990 | DARRELL DAWSEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
More than 160 suspected affiliates of the Los Angeles-based Crips and Bloods gangs were arrested in a novel two-day sweep by federal agents seeking to check a national migration of the city's street violence, authorities announced Friday. In what they dubbed "Operation Streetsweep," agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms arrested 166 people in 11 states and seized an unspecified amount of drugs, guns and cash.
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December 20, 1996 | DAVAN MAHARAJ
A 20-year-old UC Irvine student accused of running a sophisticated ring that offered to sell more than two dozen machine guns, shotguns and illegally enhanced automatic rifles to street gangs was denied bail Thursday, a few hours after surrendering to federal authorities. Trung "Alex" Minh Dao, a geography major, was ordered to remain in custody pending a preliminary hearing scheduled for next month.
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December 20, 1996 | DAVAN MAHARAJ
A 20-year-old UC Irvine student accused of running a sophisticated ring that offered to sell more than two dozen machine guns, shotguns and illegally enhanced automatic rifles to street gangs was denied bail Thursday, a few hours after surrendering to federal authorities. Trung "Alex" Minh Dao, a geography major, was ordered to remain in custody pending a preliminary hearing scheduled for next month.
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September 10, 1991 | SUSAN PATERNO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
"Jorge Estrada!" A Mexican immigration official searched the roomful of boys for the one she wanted. Sullen-faced, in heavy-metal T-shirts and worn pants, the boys stared back. They were the weekly group of illegal immigrant children deported to Mexico from Los Angeles and Orange counties, where they had been arrested, mostly for stealing. Every Thursday morning they arrive, bleary-eyed from the trip, shuffling into the Mexican immigration office at the Otay Mesa border crossing in Tijuana.
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July 13, 1991 | SCOTT HARRIS and JIM HERRON ZAMORA, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
An evening at the movies turned into a harrowing night of violence in Universal City, Upland and Chino as shootings involving suspected gang members marred Friday's opening of "Boyz N the Hood," a critically acclaimed film depicting life in South Central Los Angeles. In the Cineplex Odeon theaters at Universal City, three people were wounded, according to Sheriff's Sgt. Larry Lincoln, in what deputies described as "gang-related" clash at about 10:15 p.m.. "It was horrible.
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February 6, 1992 | ANDREA FORD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As part of its new emphasis on fighting violent crime, the FBI has reassigned 22 agents in the Los Angeles area to focus exclusively on anti-gang investigations, the chief agent in the region said this week. To determine how to best use the newly assigned agents, the FBI is meeting with other federal and local law enforcement agencies and community groups, said Special Agent in Charge Charlie J. Parsons.
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October 21, 1987
A crackdown on criminal gangs from Jamaica resulted in 124 arrests, including five in Southern California. Stephen E. Higgins, director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, said in Washington that the raids took place over two days in 13 states and the District of Columbia. Los Angeles-based Immigration and Naturalization Service agents arrested five Jamaicans in Inglewood and seized a small quantity of illegal drugs, said Mike Flynn, a senior special agent.
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June 17, 1990 | STEPHEN BRAUN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the aftermath of a nationwide federal crackdown on street gangs, law enforcement authorities sought to keep up the pressure on Crips and Blood factions, arresting more fugitives in 11 states and launching several anti-gang sweeps in Southern California communities, officials said Saturday. A spokesman for the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms said at least 174 suspected gang members were in custody by Saturday morning.
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October 24, 1996 | ROBERT J. LOPEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Actor Edward James Olmos, whose film "American Me" angered the Mexican Mafia, was allegedly extorted for money and property by prison gang members. The disclosures are contained in a defense motion filed in a federal racketeering case against reputed Mexican Mafia members. The revelations represent the first time a public document has named the actor as an alleged victim of the group. There have been long-standing suspicions that Olmos was targeted by the prison gang.
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March 25, 1996 | MARTIN FORSTENZER, FOR THE TIMES
Last October, 15-year-old Brad Whiteside was crossing through a park in this Eastern Sierra town when he was jumped by two other teens. He was beaten so severely that he lost vision in one eye for a week. The boy's mother, Susan Flaherty, was so outraged over the daytime attack that she organized a citizens group--Bishop Residents Against Gangs--to help fight a growing juvenile crime problem here.
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April 29, 1995 | JULIE TAMAKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Limiting a popular anti-gang strategy employed by many Southern California cities, a state Court of Appeal has ruled that the city of San Jose lacks the power to control gangs by prohibiting behavior that is otherwise legal. The ruling could wipe out controversial portions of several court orders aimed at gang members in the San Fernando Valley, Norwalk and Burbank, authorities said.
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February 3, 1994 | DIANE SEO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Four beefy guys with ponytails and tattoos strut through the crowd at a South-Central Los Angeles party. They confront three other guys wearing baseball caps airbrushed with words such as machos and maldito. Without speaking, each side flashes signs--indicating who they are and where they're from. Speaking with their hands, they twist their fingers and rapidly open and close their fists--often a signal that a gang fight is imminent.
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December 21, 1993 | JESSE KATZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
If the dilemma at the Newport Beach pier is any indication, Southern California's battle with crime may be as much in our heads as in our streets. By almost any measure, the seaside landmark is among the safest gathering spots on the coast, drawing everyone from tourists to fishermen 24 hours a day. But the occasional intrusion of gangs--and their unpredictable, indiscriminate exploits--has undermined that perception of security.
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February 6, 1992 | ANDREA FORD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As part of its new emphasis on fighting violent crime, the FBI has reassigned 22 agents in the Los Angeles area to focus exclusively on anti-gang investigations, the chief agent in the region said this week. To determine how to best use the newly assigned agents, the FBI is meeting with other federal and local law enforcement agencies and community groups, said Special Agent in Charge Charlie J. Parsons.
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March 25, 1996 | MARTIN FORSTENZER, FOR THE TIMES
Last October, 15-year-old Brad Whiteside was crossing through a park in this Eastern Sierra town when he was jumped by two other teens. He was beaten so severely that he lost vision in one eye for a week. The boy's mother, Susan Flaherty, was so outraged over the daytime attack that she organized a citizens group--Bishop Residents Against Gangs--to help fight a growing juvenile crime problem here.
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October 21, 1990 | DAN WEIKEL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
On the evening members of the Pomona Boys opened fire on Vietnamese diners at the My Nguyen Restaurant in Garden Grove, police heard from one potential witness after another--"I was in the restroom. I didn't see anything." The cafe's tiny lavatory must have been a tight squeeze. More than a dozen people said they happened to be in there the exact moment six patrons were shot, two fatally, as payback for a flirtatious look at a gang member's date.
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February 6, 1992 | ANDREA FORD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As part of its new emphasis on fighting violent crime, the FBI has reassigned 22 agents in Southern California to focus exclusively on anti-gang investigations, the chief agent in the region said this week. To determine how to best use the newly assigned agents, the FBI is meeting with other federal and local law enforcement agencies and community groups, said Special Agent in Charge Charlie J. Parsons.
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September 10, 1991 | SUSAN PATERNO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
"Jorge Estrada!" A Mexican immigration official searched the roomful of boys for the one she wanted. Sullen-faced, in heavy-metal T-shirts and worn pants, the boys stared back. They were the weekly group of illegal immigrant children deported to Mexico from Los Angeles and Orange counties, where they had been arrested, mostly for stealing. Every Thursday morning they arrive, bleary-eyed from the trip, shuffling into the Mexican immigration office at the Otay Mesa border crossing in Tijuana.
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