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February 2, 1989 | WILLIAM OVEREND, Times Staff Writer
Three former agents of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration in Los Angeles were indicted Wednesday on federal charges of conspiring to sell millions of dollars of heroin and cocaine while part of a nationwide drug distribution network. Two of the agents were also charged by a federal grand jury with stealing heroin from the agency's custody, including more than two pounds of heroin directly out of the DEA's evidence vault.
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November 26, 1991
A former federal drug agent who testified against a colleague accused of heroin trafficking and money laundering was sentenced Monday in Los Angeles to 10 years in prison for his role in the drug ring. John Jackson, 42, of Claremont, who had pleaded guilty, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Terry J. Hatter Jr. Prosecutors described the case as the worst corruption scandal ever to rock the Drug Enforcement Administration.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 14, 1989
A Los Angeles federal judge rejected electronic monitoring of John Anthony Jackson on Friday and once again denied bail for the former Drug Enforcement Administration agent. "I'm just not of a mind to experiment with this monitoring," said U.S. District Judge Terry J. Hatter Jr. "You (Jackson) will remain detained." Jackson's lawyer, John Robertson, proposed that his 39-year-old client wear a monitoring bracelet, which would broadcast 24 hours a day.
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April 18, 1991 | PAUL LIEBERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In 1988, it was the scandal in Los Angeles law enforcement: three veteran Drug Enforcement Administration agents indicted for stealing drugs and cash from suspects. Beyond being a sexy case--with millions of dollars stashed in Swiss bank accounts--it was the first hint that something was seriously amiss among agencies that were seizing more cocaine cash than anyone else in the United States. Indeed, a year later, local DEA chief John M.
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December 18, 1988 | WILLIAM OVEREND, Times Staff Writer
Federal prosecutors are investigating the suspected theft of more than five pounds of Asian heroin with a street value of $7.5 million from the custody of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration in Los Angeles, The Times has learned. The investigation by the U.S. attorney's office in Los Angeles into two separate suspected thefts of heroin is part of a continuing investigation into a corruption scandal that includes allegations that former DEA agents were also trafficking in cocaine.
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December 20, 1988 | WILLIAM OVEREND, Times Staff Writer
Two former U.S. drug agents pleaded not guilty to tax fraud charges Monday in Los Angeles federal court as their defense lawyers and relatives mounted a counterattack against accusations that they were also involved in cocaine trafficking and other suspected crimes. John Anthony Jackson and Wayne Countryman, former Drug Enforcement Administration agents, entered their pleas before U.S. Magistrate Ralph J. Geffen, who set a Jan. 31 trial date before U.S. District Judge Terry J. Hatter.
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January 5, 1989 | JOHN KENDALL, Times Staff Writer
A Los Angeles federal judge denied bail Wednesday for John Anthony Jackson, declaring that he was not satisfied that the former U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent could buy "almost a mansion" and start several businesses on a $30,000 or $40,000 yearly salary. "I find he is a flight risk, and he will remain detained," said U.S. District Judge Terry J. Hatter Jr. in upholding an earlier ruling by a U.S. magistrate. He also imposed a gag order barring lawyers from discussing the case.
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December 18, 1988 | WILLIAM OVEREND, Times Staff Writer
John Anthony Jackson was one of the flashiest federal drug agents in Los Angeles, a man known for his fancy clothes and luxurious tastes. He drove a Mercedes-Benz to work and sometimes spoke of losing thousands of dollars in all-night poker games in Gardena, saying he made his money from an Amway franchise. "They called him 'Action Jackson' long before the movie," a former colleague recalled. "He was as smooth as they come."
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December 15, 1990 | RONALD L. SOBLE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For almost five years, former U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent Darnell Garcia deposited more than $2 million in European bank accounts, according to Swiss bank records presented this week in federal court. The records, obtained by U.S. prosecutors under a treaty with the Swiss government, revealed that the money was deposited in Swiss Bank Corp. branches in two small towns on the Italian border, and then transferred to a branch in Luxembourg.
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November 30, 1990 | RONALD L. SOBLE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A former federal drug agent on Thursday told jurors, in graphic detail, how he and two other agents went on a crime spree over several years in which they stole drugs and cash from dealers, stash houses and even from the Drug Enforcement Agency's Los Angeles headquarters.
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January 30, 1991 | RONALD L. SOBLE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A former federal drug agent testified Tuesday that his partner, Darnell Garcia, proposed murdering three men whom Garcia suspected were leaking information to investigators gathering evidence in a burgeoning corruption scandal within the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. Wayne L. Countryman, 47, of Walnut, told a federal court jury in Los Angeles that Garcia attended two meetings--one in 1987 and another in 1988--in which plans to kill the men were discussed.
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December 19, 1990
A man who has pleaded guilty to a drug trafficking charge in the Drug Enforcement Administration corruption trial of former DEA agent Darnell Garcia testified Tuesday in a Los Angeles federal courtroom that Garcia used him as a middleman for four illicit cocaine deals. Sherman Lair, 40, of Alta Loma testified there was no doubt that Garcia gave him cocaine in 1986, and that Lair's brother-in-law sold the drugs. One of the deals took place in a parking garage across the street from U.S.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 15, 1990 | RONALD L. SOBLE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For almost five years, former U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent Darnell Garcia deposited more than $2 million in European bank accounts, according to Swiss bank records presented this week in federal court. The records, obtained by U.S. prosecutors under a treaty with the Swiss government, revealed that the money was deposited in Swiss Bank Corp. branches in two small towns on the Italian border, and then transferred to a branch in Luxembourg.
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December 7, 1990 | RONALD L. SOBLE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The corruption trial of former Drug Enforcement Administration Agent Darnell Garcia has had its dramatic moments during the first two weeks of testimony in a Los Angeles federal courtroom. Most of those moments have been provided by another former DEA agent, 41-year-old John Jackson of Claremont, who, like Garcia and a third former agent, was indicted two years ago for drug-trafficking, touching off a major DEA scandal.
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December 1, 1990 | RONALD L. SOBLE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Less than a week after he agreed with the government to tell the truth about the Drug Enforcement Administration's worst scandal, former agent John Jackson admitted Friday that he lied to a DEA investigator about a fellow agent's gold-smuggling scheme. Jackson, a crucial government witness in the DEA corruption trial, also told a federal court jury that his former associate, Darnell Garcia, was able to smuggle gold for years past U.S.
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November 30, 1990 | RONALD L. SOBLE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A former federal drug agent on Thursday told jurors, in graphic detail, how he and two other agents went on a crime spree over several years in which they stole drugs and cash from dealers, stash houses and even from the Drug Enforcement Agency's Los Angeles headquarters.
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December 28, 1988 | WILLIAM OVEREND, Times Staff Writer
Federal prosecutors investigating a growing drug corruption scandal are probing the suspected theft of almost $100,000 in cash from the Los Angeles office of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, The Times has learned. The cash disappeared from the office between July 10 and July 24, 1984, just three months before the suspected theft of 2 1/2 pounds of Asian heroin from the drug agency's evidence vault, according to federal sources.
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December 19, 1988 | WILLIAM OVEREND, Times Staff Writer
The 1980s had arrived and hundreds of Colombian drug dealers, fleeing a law enforcement crackdown in Florida, had just begun an exodus from Miami to Los Angeles. Federal drug agents in California were suddenly seizing hundreds of pounds of cocaine and millions of dollars in cash. In the Los Angeles office of the Drug Enforcement Administration, agents increasingly saw themselves as a beleaguered force, outnumbered and outgunned. And not all their troubles were with drug dealers.
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November 28, 1990 | RONALD L. SOBLE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As the second week of the corruption trial of former federal drug agent Darnell Garcia unfolds in a Los Angeles courtroom, defense lawyers face a seemingly daunting task in their efforts to convince jurors that Garcia is not an agent who switched sides. Garcia, 43, of Rancho Palos Verdes, is charged with drug-trafficking, money-laundering and providing intelligence information to a fugitive drug dealer.
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November 21, 1990 | RONALD L. SOBLE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Three U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents arrested in the agency's worst corruption scandal betrayed their mission to hunt down drug dealers and, instead, became narcotics traffickers themselves, a federal prosecutor told jurors Tuesday. Describing the case as a "five-year spree of corruption," Assistant U.S. Atty. Joyce Karlin said the scandal was international in scope, ranging from "some of the worst neighborhoods of New York" to "the most sophisticated banking capitals of the world."
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