January 16, 1985 |
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.
January 30, 2005 |
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.
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.
September 25, 2007 |
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.
May 20, 2006 |
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.
March 21, 2007 |
Twenty tons of cocaine seized off the Pacific coast of Panama over the weekend were believed headed to a Mexican port for delivery to the notorious Sinaloa cartel, U.S. officials said Tuesday. The seizure Sunday of drugs valued at more than $275 million wholesale was described by the officials as the largest recorded maritime cocaine bust. The drugs were believed to have been purchased by Ismael Zambada, a suspected leader of Mexico's so-called Sinaloa cartel, officials said.