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September 17, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Karen P. Tandy was sworn in as the first woman to lead the Drug Enforcement Administration, which is expected to shoulder more of the anti-drug workload with the FBI's renewed focus on terrorism. Tandy, a former prosecutor and Justice Department official, said her main goal is for the DEA to work on dismantling drug organizations completely. The DEA's roughly 4,600 agents are expected to grow in the coming years as the FBI handles fewer and fewer drug cases.
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September 17, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Karen P. Tandy was sworn in as the first woman to lead the Drug Enforcement Administration, which is expected to shoulder more of the anti-drug workload with the FBI's renewed focus on terrorism. Tandy, a former prosecutor and Justice Department official, said her main goal is for the DEA to work on dismantling drug organizations completely. The DEA's roughly 4,600 agents are expected to grow in the coming years as the FBI handles fewer and fewer drug cases.
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August 2, 2003 | From Times Wire Services
Karen P. Tandy, a prosecutor and senior Justice Department official, was confirmed by the Senate as the first woman to head the Drug Enforcement Administration. Tandy has served during the Bush administration as associate deputy attorney general in the Justice Department.
NEWS
January 16, 1985 | ZACK NAUTH, Times Staff Writer
A federal grand jury has indicted 26 persons in a $100-million, coast-to-coast drug trafficking ring that allegedly laundered its profits through Oriental rug and gem businesses in several states, including California, federal authorities announced Tuesday. Since 1974, the indictment charged, the ring has distributed almost 300 tons of marijuana and hashish from Colombia, Mexico and Lebanon throughout the United States.
WORLD
January 30, 2005 | From Reuters
A man suspected of killing a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration operative a decade ago was extradited from Mexico after a long legal battle, U.S. officials said Saturday. Richard Fass was shot in 1994 while working undercover in Arizona. The DEA said Agustin Vasquez-Mendoza and others killed Fass to rob him of $160,000 that they believed was for the purchase of methamphetamine. "I would like to thank the government of Mexico, in particular Atty. Gen.
OPINION
August 5, 2003
Suzanne Pfeil suffers severe pain and muscle spasms from post-polio syndrome. One fall day last year, Pfeil, now 44, awoke to find federal agents pointing automatic weapons. They were raiding her Santa Cruz assisted-living facility, which is a provider of medical marijuana under a measure that the state's voters passed in 1996. It's the sort of armed raid that California could soon see more of, with the confirmation of Karen P.
NATIONAL
September 25, 2007 | Eric Bailey, Times Staff Writer
sacramento -- Pushing to stem underground steroid trafficking in advance of the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, federal authorities announced on Monday the seizure of more than 50 home-based labs as part of an international crackdown on performance-enhancing drugs imported from China. The investigation was the largest steroid enforcement action in U.S. history and it culminated in 124 arrests on U.S. soil, including more than a dozen California indictments, authorities said.
NATIONAL
August 20, 2005 | Cynthia H. Cho, Times Staff Writer
A 10-month investigation led to more than 160 arrests in four U.S. cities and two foreign countries this week, and broke up three major transportation rings that smuggled methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin and other drugs into the country, the Drug Enforcement Administration said Friday. The foreign rings, which had ties to 27 U.S. distribution groups, brought in enough methamphetamine to provide the drug to more than 22,700 people each month, the government said.
WORLD
June 9, 2007 | Josh Meyer, Times Staff Writer
An alleged international arms dealer accused of arming militants from Iraq to Nicaragua for decades has been arrested on U.S. charges of conspiring to supply Colombian rebels with millions of dollars' worth of weapons, federal authorities said Friday. Monzer Kassar of Marbella, Spain, and codefendants Tareq Mousa Ghazi and Luis Felipe Moreno Godoy were arrested Thursday as they prepared to complete a transaction to pay for the weapons, federal officials said.
WORLD
May 20, 2006 | Chris Kraul, Times Staff Writer
Law enforcement authorities from several countries broke up what they say was one of the world's biggest cocaine smuggling operations, responsible for as much as 10% of the Colombian contraband smuggled into the United States and Europe. A prime target of the multi-pronged raid was alleged kingpin Pablo Rayo Montano, who the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration said ran an operation so extensive that it was "almost as sophisticated as a small nation" and used its own rogue navy.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 6, 2007 | Greg Krikorian, Times Staff Writer
SAN DIEGO -- A onetime leader of Mexico's notorious Arellano Felix narcotics organization asked for forgiveness in a courtroom here Monday as he was sentenced to life in prison for running what was once one of the world's most successful and violent drug cartels. "I am very remorseful and personally accept responsibility for my actions," Francisco Javier Arellano Felix said in a letter read aloud by his lawyer. "If I had the power to change and undo the things that I have done, I would."
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