September 27, 1988
An El Cajon man who admittedly made several million dollars as a kingpin of a methamphetamine manufacturing and distribution ring urged anyone involved with drugs to get out immediately. "Look what happened to me," Manuel Battaglia, 46, said shortly after a judge sentenced him to 20 years in prison for maintaining a criminal enterprise and defrauding the federal government by not reporting his illicit profits.
May 3, 2001 |
A man accused of operating one of the nation's largest cocaine and marijuana distribution networks was sentenced to 20 years in prison. Omar Rocha Soto, 39, was sentenced Tuesday after pleading guilty to operating a continuing criminal enterprise, which prosecutors call a "kingpin" charge. The plea agreement allowed him to avoid a life sentence. Rocha was arrested Aug. 17 as part of a federal investigation that resulted in 102 indictments in more than a dozen cities.
April 26, 2005 |
A reputed Afghan drug lord who authorities say operated with the protection of the Taliban has been captured and faces charges that he tried to smuggle more than $50 million worth of heroin into the United States, authorities said. Bashir Noorzai, 44, who is on the U.S. list of most-wanted drug kingpins, was ordered held without bail at his initial court appearance in Manhattan. If convicted, he could face life in prison. The full circumstances of Noorzai's capture were not made public.
March 28, 1993 |
Climaxing an unprecedented drive against a political kingpin, prosecutors Saturday indicted the man credited with picking three of Japan's last four prime ministers on tax-evasion charges that could subject him to $18.3 million in fines if convicted.
October 14, 1992 |
Under rising criticism for associating with gangsters and receiving only a slap on the wrist for accepting an illegal $4.1-million political donation, Shin Kanemaru resigned his Parliament seat today, ending a 38-year career that made him the kingpin of Japanese politics. The parliamentary resignation of Kanemaru, 78, also marked the end of his stewardship of the 111-member dominant faction of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party.
January 22, 1992 |
Matt Austin of El Camino Real High still feels the sting of last season's loss to San Fernando in the City Section wrestling finals. But perhaps more painful for Austin, a 160-pound senior, and his teammates is the realization that El Camino Real's years as a wrestling power might be over. The Conquistadores have struggled to a 10-9-1 record. Last season, they were whipped three times by archrival San Fernando, including in the City championship match.
May 8, 2005 |
Question: Four kingpin directors dominated our association for 22 years. Until their deaths, not one owner stood up to them or questioned their actions, including me. A director's wife wanted a new garage door and brick patio, so the board passed resolutions that everybody needed new doors and patios. They made owners pay full price for purchases that directors got free. Several large, back-to-back special assessments and fee increases paid for inferior materials and cheap labor.
May 5, 1989 |
Reputed billionaire narcotics trafficker Juan Ramon Matta Ballesteros, a key suspect in the murder of federal drug agent Enrique Camarena, was arraigned Thursday in Los Angeles on narcotics charges but refused to enter a plea, claiming that he had been kidnaped and tortured by U.S. authorities. At the same time, sources close to the investigation of the 1985 murder of Camarena told The Times that authorities have found one of Matta's hairs at the Guadalajara home of a Mexican drug lord where Camarena is believed to have been tortured and killed.
August 30, 1992 |
Every man has his price. What's yours? --Jimmy Hoffa If Danny DeVito were a rubber band, he'd be ready to snap. For two days, the director has been trying to shoot a complicated sequence in "Hoffa," which stars Jack Nicholson as Jimmy Hoffa, dark prince of the American labor movement. Nothing is going right. The sound is garbled. Extras knock over chairs. A flock of pigeons flies across the sound stage's cavernous rafters, making a racket.
August 23, 1987 |
A recent two-page, full-color ad in Daily Variety proclaimed that Sonny Gibson and Reparatta Mazzola will star in a new movie called "Dark Before Dawn." This is the same team that once tried to raise money for a movie version of "Mafia Kingpin"--the 1981 book (from Grosset & Dunlap) by ex-convict-turned-actor-and-author Gibson. Mazzola co-authored and was president of Kingpin Productions, which attempted to make the movie.