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October 31, 1987 | STEVE PADILLA, Times Staff Writer
Local and federal drug agents, launching a new law enforcement strategy, seized 31 vehicles belonging to 55 suspected drug dealers and purchasers in a three-day sweep this week, Police Chief Daryl F. Gates said Friday. The seizures, all in the San Fernando Valley, marked the first time local authorities have used a federal forfeiture law to confiscate the property of drug buyers as well as dealers, Gates said.
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February 12, 1994 | BRIAN RAY BALLOU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Five people suspected of being members of a drug ring that moved as much as $1 billion in cocaine last year through Orange County to New York and Canada were arrested this week after a tip from Canadian law officials, authorities said Friday.
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November 24, 1988 | JOHN HURST, Times Staff Writer
Undercover narcotics officers wearing black hoods to protect their identities blazed away at bad-guy targets on a police range in Pasadena on Wednesday, using new submachine guns to demonstrate how the federal Drug Enforcement Agency hopes to combat well-armed dope dealers. DEA officials said the submachine guns are being issued to all its agents nationwide as a response to the arms build-up of drug dealers, who frequently possess powerful assault weapons when taken into custody.
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March 8, 1989 | From Staff and Wire Reports
A federal grand jury today indicted 33 wholesale jewelers and associates in Los Angeles' downtown jewelry district on charges of running a $1-billion cocaine money laundering ring, the largest ever smashed by the government. U.S. Atty. Robert Bonner, who announced the indictments, said the government had also filed civil complaints aimed at seizing $80 million in property owned by the defendants--including a $17-million, 10-story building in the heart of the downtown jewelry district.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 22, 1989 | CATHERINE GEWERTZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Cypress man who masterminded one of the world's biggest marijuana-trafficking rings was convicted in federal court Thursday of arranging to smuggle at least 34 tons of the drug by boat from Southeast Asia. William E. Uhler, 40, was convicted of federal charges stemming from the drug smuggling business that he operated from bases in Hawaii and Orange County between 1984 and 1988.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 1, 1992 | JIM NEWTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Federal drug agents seized a $3-million Malibu home Tuesday from a lawyer who they say received the property in return for work he did for an international drug smuggling organization. "This house is liberated," declared one Drug Enforcement Administration agent, as he stood on the sand beneath the pink-stucco and red-tile home on a tony Malibu street. Neighbors gaped in amazement as DEA agents fanned out around the house and peered up into the windows from the beach.
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September 17, 1988 | JOHN KENDALL, Times Staff Writer
Acting on a tip by agents who traded food stamps for PCP in Missouri, investigators in Los Angeles seized a laboratory that supplied the illicit drug and arrested a top-level suspect, authorities said Friday. John M.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 9, 1988 | KIM MURPHY, Times Staff Writer
A preliminary investigation has concluded there was little that could have been done to prevent last week's fatal shootings of two federal drug agents and the wounding of a third during an undercover operation in the San Gabriel Valley, a top Drug Enforcement Administration official said Monday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 8, 1989 | MICHAEL CONNELLY, Times Staff Writer
So much cocaine was found in a Sylmar warehouse raided 10 days ago that each Angeleno could have had a three-month supply. But what the world's biggest drug bust could not provide is enough credit to go around to all the law enforcement agencies that took part in it.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 19, 1989 | VICTOR MERINA, Times Staff Writer
Top federal law enforcement officials, whose Los Angeles offices are battling an explosion of local drug trafficking, joined the county Board of Supervisors on Tuesday in pushing for more dollars and manpower to combat the burgeoning drug trade. The heads of the local offices of the FBI, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the U.S. Customs Service, the Immigration and Naturalization Service and the U.S. attorney's office combined forces with the Sheriff's Department in a rare display of public unity as they crusaded for additional resources.
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