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July 27, 1990 | HENRY WEINSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A federal court jury in Los Angeles on Thursday convicted a Honduran businessman who is reputed to be one of the world's biggest drug kingpins of conspiracy in the 1985 abduction and slaying of U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration Agent Enrique Camarena.
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February 6, 1988 | KIM MURPHY, Times Staff Writer
A federal drug agent was killed and two other agents wounded Friday when the targets of an undercover heroin investigation tried to rob the agents and a posh Pasadena neighborhood exploded into gunfire. One of the wounded agents was declared brain dead with his vital functions being sustained on life-support systems Friday night, a Drug Enforcement Administration spokesman confirmed.
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October 25, 1987 | WILLIAM OVEREND, Times Staff Writer
When John Zienter took over as the top federal drug enforcement officer in Los Angeles earlier this year, one of his first moves was to join the Rotary Club. Zienter's honorary membership in Rotary International was not part of any undercover drug operation, but it did symbolize a change in strategy in the nation's war on drugs. As head of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration in Los Angeles, Zienter is among a growing number of top U.S.
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October 22, 1989 | CAROLYN SKORNECK, ASSOCIATED PRESS WRITER
Narcotics officers seize a mound of cocaine and say it's worth $300,000 on the street. But whose street? A crack dealer is arrested carrying dozens of crack rocks worth $1,000, officials say. But what is a rock? An informal survey by the Associated Press of narcotics officers nationwide found that a kilo of cocaine ranges from $10,000 in Los Angeles to $35,000 in Iowa City, Iowa, to almost $70,000 in Shreveport, La.
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February 14, 1989 | WILLIAM OVEREND, Times Staff Writer
On the eighth floor of the World Trade Center in downtown Los Angeles is a small room converted into a giant safe. Behind a thick metal grill is a 300-pound ex-Marine named Tony, a menacing figure assigned to guard the few million dollars worth of heroin and cocaine stacked inside. This is the evidence vault of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration in Los Angeles. The vault is surrounded by a small army of 75 federal drug agents on the same floor and the one below.
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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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 3, 1989 | WILLIAM OVEREND, Times Staff Writer
As a manhunt continued for a former U.S. drug agent now wanted on charges of conspiring to deal cocaine and heroin, two of his former colleagues pleaded not guilty Thursday to allegations that they conspired with him in setting up a drug network that stretched from Los Angeles to New York. The hunt for Darnell Garcia, 42, a former agent of the U.S.
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August 27, 1988 | WILLIAM OVEREND, Times Staff Writer
The rags-to-riches drug story of two South-Central Los Angeles gang members ended in a wealthy Encino neighborhood Friday when federal officials seized a $1.1-million hilltop house used in running a cocaine empire that reached halfway across the country.
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April 25, 1992 | JIM NEWTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Federal and local law enforcement agents Friday seized a $1-million Pacific Palisades home and arrested its owner, who is suspected of using the house as a manufacturing center for a major Southern California Quaalude operation. The owner, Robin Allen, was asleep when officers arrived Friday afternoon, and did not come to the door despite their pounding. More than a dozen officers--representing the Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S.
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October 7, 1989 | Michael Connelly, Times staff writer Michael Connelly wrote this story based on reporting by Andrea Ford, Douglas Jehl, John Johnson, Louis Sahagun and Ronald B. Soble.
In the week since a record 19 tons of cocaine was seized at a Sylmar warehouse, investigators have traced the cache to a Mexican middleman who was believed to have been distributing as much as three tons of the drug a week through Los Angeles. Federal prosecutors disclosed in court documents Friday that the Sylmar storehouse of cocaine was allegedly controlled by Rafael Munoz, a Juarez, Mexico, resident who remains at large.
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