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August 30, 1988 | KIM MURPHY, Times Staff Writer
Elrader Browning Jr., convicted of running a vast cocaine and heroin empire in Los Angeles, was sentenced Monday to two consecutive life terms without parole and fined $2 million, one of the harshest punishments ever handed out in a narcotics case. His top distributor, James H. (Doc) Holiday, a former leader of the Black Guerrilla Family prison gang, also was sentenced to life in prison without parole for his conviction on two counts of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute it.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 30, 1988 | KIM MURPHY, Times Staff Writer
Elrader Browning Jr., convicted of running a vast cocaine and heroin empire in Los Angeles, was sentenced Monday to two consecutive life terms without parole and fined $2 million, one of the harshest punishments ever handed out in a narcotics case. His top distributor, James H. (Doc) Holiday, a former leader of the Black Guerrilla Family prison gang, also was sentenced to life in prison without parole for his conviction on two counts of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute it.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 16, 1988 | ROBERT W. STEWART, Times Staff Writer
Cocaine kingpin Elrader (Ray Ray) Browning Jr., who twice in the last decade eluded the state's efforts to convict him of murder or arson, was found guilty Wednesday in Los Angeles federal court of 43 drug-related felonies, one of which will send him to prison for the rest of his life. A second defendant, James H. (Doc) Holiday, a former leader of the Black Guerrilla Family prison gang, was found guilty of two of the four drug-related offenses with which he was charged.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 16, 1988 | ROBERT W. STEWART, Times Staff Writer
Cocaine kingpin Elrader (Ray Ray) Browning Jr., who twice in the last decade eluded the state's efforts to convict him of murder or arson, was found guilty Wednesday in Los Angeles federal court of 43 drug-related felonies, one of which will send him to prison for the rest of his life. A second defendant, James H. (Doc) Holiday, a former leader of the Black Guerrilla Family prison gang, was found guilty of two of the four drug-related offenses with which he was charged.
NEWS
June 15, 1988
Cocaine kingpin Elrader (Ray Ray) Browning Jr., who prosecutors said operated a major narcotics ring that supplied much of Los Angeles as well as Oakland and Detroit, today was found guilty of 43 drug-related felonies by a federal court jury in Los Angeles. One charge carries a mandatory sentence of life in prison without possibility of parole. A co-defendant, James H. (Doc) Holiday, was found guilty of two of four drug offenses.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 22, 1988 | KIM MURPHY, Times Staff Writer
An attorney who visited Elrader Browning Jr. at Terminal Island Federal Prison shortly before his escape attempt has been cleared of any involvement in it, authorities said Thursday. Lawyer Larry Elkins met "at length" with U.S. marshals investigators Thursday morning and after the interview, is not considered a suspect in the case, Inspector Walter Dayton said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 10, 1988 | ROBERT W. STEWART, Times Staff Writer
Likening the government's case against him to the game show, "Let's Make a Deal," accused cocaine kingpin Elrader (Ray Ray) Browning Jr. told a federal jury Thursday that at least one of the principal witnesses against him is a liar who "would have jumped through a burning hoop to please Monty Hall." In an elaborate television metaphor, Browning, who is acting as his own legal counsel, referred to himself as "The Fall Guy." He compared prosecutors John S. Gordon and Lisa B.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 26, 1988 | ROBERT W. STEWART, Times Staff Writer
A former leader of the Black Guerrilla Family prison gang told a federal jury Wednesday that the government's attempt to link him to a $2-million-a-month cocaine distribution ring is based on "misconceptions, misinformation and mistaken conclusions of fact." James H. (Doc) Holiday, 46, who is serving as his own legal counsel, made the remarks as the government began presenting evidence in the drug-trafficking, money-laundering and conspiracy trial of Elrader (Ray Ray) Browning Jr.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 4, 1988 | ROBERT W. STEWART, Times Staff Writer
An self-described "enforcer" and drug runner who said he once worked for a $2 million-a-month cocaine and heroin ring headed by Eldrader (Ray Ray) Browning Jr. told a federal jury Friday that violence was a way of life within the organization. Convicted felon John (Big John) Milan, 32, was the last witness to testify for the government in the drug trafficking and conspiracy trial of Browning, 33, and an alleged associate, James H. (Doc) Holiday, 46.
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May 21, 1985 | ANDY FURILLO, Times Staff Writer
Southern California law enforcement officials have become increasingly concerned about the growing presence of the Black Guerrilla Family prison gang on the streets of South-Central and Southeast Los Angeles. At least two murders have been linked to an organized attempt by the gang to move in on the lucrative cocaine trade in the Watts area's housing projects, where some residents fear that recently paroled prison gang members are trying to establish a foothold.
NEWS
July 21, 1988 | KIM MURPHY, Times Staff Writer
Elrader (Ray Ray) Browning Jr., a notorious cocaine kingpin facing life in prison for running a major Los Angeles drug organization, was foiled in a weekend escape attempt at the federal prison at Terminal Island when he donned a wig, mustache and civilian clothes and attempted to pass himself off as a lawyer, authorities said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 16, 1988 | MICHAEL CONNELLY, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles police think that a prison inmate in San Diego is directing a San Fernando Valley drug organization whose top members were charged this month in the slayings of four people at a Lake View Terrace "rock" house. Investigators said they think that the inmate, Jeffrey A. Bryant, 37, of Pacoima, is the leader of a drug ring with as many as 200 members that has controlled the sale of rock cocaine in the northeast Valley for nearly a decade.
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