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November 26, 1991 | HENRY WEINSTEIN and RONALD J. OSTROW, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Federal authorities said Monday they have cracked an international money-laundering ring that moved $500 million in Colombian cocaine cartel money through banks in five U.S. cities, including Los Angeles. More than 35 people were arrested and 30 offices and homes searched in Los Angeles, Atlanta, New York, Miami and Providence, R.I., according to Commissioner of Customs Carol Hallett. In all, charges were lodged against 50 people by federal grand juries in the five cities.
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December 2, 2001 | PETER Y. HONG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In downtown Los Angeles' bustling jewelry district, six blocks from City Hall, a team of fire inspectors this year found the makings of a potential toxic disaster: more than a ton of cyanide powder in one building, with 1,700 pounds of the poison in the basement alone. Cyanide, widely used by downtown manufacturers to strip gold jewelry, can be vaporized into a lethal gas--a risk so deadly that the legal limit for an entire building is 10 pounds.
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March 10, 1998 | MILES CORWIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An LAPD task force created to combat South American jewel thieves--who have turned Los Angeles into the jewelry theft capital of the country--has arrested 51 members of organized theft rings, many of them while they were committing crimes, police announced Monday. The dozen detectives in the task force, which was created in August, tailed some suspects for weeks, said Lt. Al Corella of the Los Angeles Police Department's Burglary-Auto Theft Division.
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August 9, 2000 | JOSH MEYER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Fearing hordes of protesters gathering in nearby Pershing Square, and having little faith in the LAPD to protect them, most merchants in Los Angeles' sprawling jewelry district plan to shut down for convention week at a cost of millions of dollars a day in lost sales. "We're not taking any chances," said Sam Chamsi of the Diamond Center at 631 S. Hill St. in the heart of the nation's second-largest jewelry and diamond district.
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February 14, 1996
Police are seeking three robbers who took two briefcases containing $1 million in diamonds after shooting a man in an alley outside the Jewelry Mart in downtown Los Angeles, an official said. Officers were sent to 6th and Hill streets about 10:50 p.m. Tuesday to check a report of a shooting, said Los Angeles police Sgt. Luis Trujillo.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 2, 2001 | PETER Y. HONG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In downtown Los Angeles' bustling jewelry district, six blocks from City Hall, a team of fire inspectors this year found the makings of a potential toxic disaster: more than a ton of cyanide powder in one building, with 1,700 pounds of the poison in the basement alone. Cyanide, widely used by downtown manufacturers to strip gold jewelry, can be vaporized into a lethal gas--a risk so deadly that the legal limit for an entire building is 10 pounds.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 2, 1995
The Jewelry Building Owner's Assn. of Greater Los Angeles kicked off a new patrolling program Friday in the Downtown jewelry district, combining the forces of police and armed security officers. The private security force, which includes two on full-time bicycle duty, will patrol Hill Street between 5th and 7th streets, said Tom Gilmore, property manager of the International Jewelry Center. The LAPD's Central Division will add two patrol officers, Gilmore said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 4, 1994 | THOM MROZEK, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Closing a case that featured many setbacks for prosecutors, a judge dismissed charges Friday against the only remaining defendant accused in the alleged theft of a rare, 6.76-carat ruby. The ruling by Van Nuys Superior Court Judge Kathryne Ann Stoltz freed the last of five jewelry dealers arrested in Encino last summer by the Los Angeles Police Department.
NEWS
June 5, 2000 | LEE ROMNEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For decades Los Angeles' downtown jewelry district has been as closed as an oyster shell clamped around a pearl. Security is so strict at some shops that workers are issued metal-free clothing and the shoes of departing visitors are X-rayed. Million-dollar deals are still sealed on a handshake by Old World entrepreneurs who shun written contracts and fax machines. And employees are culled from the trusted ranks of family or by word-of-mouth alone.
NEWS
June 5, 2000 | LEE ROMNEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For decades Los Angeles' downtown jewelry district has been as closed as an oyster shell clamped around a pearl. Security is so strict at some shops that workers are issued metal-free clothing and the shoes of departing visitors are X-rayed. Million-dollar deals are still sealed on a handshake by Old World entrepreneurs who shun written contracts and fax machines. And employees are culled from the trusted ranks of family or by word-of-mouth alone.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 10, 1998 | MILES CORWIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An LAPD task force created to combat South American jewel thieves--who have turned Los Angeles into the jewelry theft capital of the country--has arrested 51 members of organized theft rings, many of them while they were committing crimes, police announced Monday. The dozen detectives in the task force, which was created in August, tailed some suspects for weeks, said Lt. Al Corella of the Los Angeles Police Department's Burglary-Auto Theft Division.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 14, 1996
Police are seeking three robbers who took two briefcases containing $1 million in diamonds after shooting a man in an alley outside the Jewelry Mart in downtown Los Angeles, an official said. Officers were sent to 6th and Hill streets about 10:50 p.m. Tuesday to check a report of a shooting, said Los Angeles police Sgt. Luis Trujillo.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 2, 1995
The Jewelry Building Owner's Assn. of Greater Los Angeles kicked off a new patrolling program Friday in the Downtown jewelry district, combining the forces of police and armed security officers. The private security force, which includes two on full-time bicycle duty, will patrol Hill Street between 5th and 7th streets, said Tom Gilmore, property manager of the International Jewelry Center. The LAPD's Central Division will add two patrol officers, Gilmore said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 4, 1994 | THOM MROZEK, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Closing a case that featured many setbacks for prosecutors, a judge dismissed charges Friday against the only remaining defendant accused in the alleged theft of a rare, 6.76-carat ruby. The ruling by Van Nuys Superior Court Judge Kathryne Ann Stoltz freed the last of five jewelry dealers arrested in Encino last summer by the Los Angeles Police Department.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 9, 2000 | JOSH MEYER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Fearing hordes of protesters gathering in nearby Pershing Square, and having little faith in the LAPD to protect them, most merchants in Los Angeles' sprawling jewelry district plan to shut down for convention week at a cost of millions of dollars a day in lost sales. "We're not taking any chances," said Sam Chamsi of the Diamond Center at 631 S. Hill St. in the heart of the nation's second-largest jewelry and diamond district.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 3, 2001
Re "Citing Health Hazards, State Halts Jewelry Making in an L.A. Building," July 28: We know there is a problem with toxic materials in the jewelry district, but here is another case of "Big Brotherism" in the form of the California Environmental Protection Agency. This sort of thing has been responsible for most of the corporate flight from Los Angeles over the last 45 years. How many of us remember the extensive auto and furniture manufacturing industries in this city? Now we have a focus on the jewelry industry.
NEWS
November 26, 1991 | HENRY WEINSTEIN and RONALD J. OSTROW, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Federal authorities said Monday they have cracked an international money-laundering ring that moved $500 million in Colombian cocaine cartel money through banks in five U.S. cities, including Los Angeles. More than 35 people were arrested and 30 offices and homes searched in Los Angeles, Atlanta, New York, Miami and Providence, R.I., according to Commissioner of Customs Carol Hallett. In all, charges were lodged against 50 people by federal grand juries in the five cities.
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