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February 17, 2008 | Kevin Crust
'American Gangster' (Universal, $29.98 for two-disc version, $34.98 for three-disc release) Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe go mano-a-mano in "American Gangster," director Ridley Scott's intense drama about a Harlem crime lord's reign in 1970s New York City. Overlooked in the major categories, the film nevertheless scored Oscar nominations for art direction and supporting actress Ruby Dee.
December 6, 2007 | Hector Tobar and Cecilia Sanchez, Times Staff Writers
Jose alan montoya died far from the beloved roosters he raised on his patio, far from the tortilla shop his mother ran, far from the people who still weep for a man gunned down on a marijuana plantation in the mountains of Michoacan. Montoya was born and raised in a humble, orderly neighborhood just outside this town in the northwestern state of Sinaloa. He died more than 600 miles to the south, shot and killed by army troops who say he opened fire on them.
October 21, 2007 | Robert W. Welkos, Times Staff Writer
If you lived in New York City in the 1970s, chances are you heard about Leroy "Nicky" Barnes. He was the heroin kingpin, dubbed by some the Al Capone of Harlem, an underworld superstar who had tauntingly posed for the cover of the New York Times Magazine in 1977 with the headline "Mister Untouchable."
September 9, 2007 | John Horn, Times Staff Writer
As a teenager visiting Harlem, Denzel Washington never came across drug lord Frank Lucas in person. But Washington certainly saw the human wreckage that Lucas helped create, especially along 116th Street between Seventh and Eighth avenues. "There were junkies everywhere," Washington says. "The neighborhood was destroyed by people like Frank Lucas." To lay waste to so many lives, Lucas had to have possessed incredible power.
August 24, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A suspected drug kingpin has been arrested as part of a sweeping sting by federal drug agents and Placentia police, authorities said Thursday. Pablo Perfecto, 36, of Yorba Linda was ordered held on $5-million bail Wednesday after investigators searched 11 homes in Fullerton, Orange, Placentia and Yorba Linda. They confiscated more than 7 1/2 pounds of cocaine and 2 pounds of methamphetamine. Perfecto was among more than a dozen suspects arrested in an alleged drug distribution conspiracy.
April 4, 2007 | SUSAN CARPENTER
WARNING: Dozens of bugs were sacrificed for this review. That's what happens when you ride a weekender the way it's meant to be ridden, as I did over four days and 1,100 miles through forest, desert and near-lunar landscapes. After a whirlwind trip between L.A. and Tucson, the windshield on my 2007 Victory Kingpin Tour was caked with squished entomological specimens. Not bad for a city boy that's been dressed up for country cruising.
February 25, 2007 | Carolyn Starks, Chicago Tribune
Just what made that little terrier think she could lug an 8-pound ball around a bowling alley? Everyone knows a dog can't bowl. One night three years ago, Zoe sank her canines into the holes of a pink bowling ball at King-Pin Lanes and took off at an awkward trot. Making a U-turn in the locker room, she dropped the ball by the bar, where baffled regulars put down their drinks. Zoe apparently wanted to play fetch.
February 24, 2007 | William C. Rempel, Times Staff Writer
THE official end of the notorious Cali cocaine cartel came late last year here with little more commotion than the rap of a judge's gavel. The Colombian drug lords Miguel Rodriguez Orejuela, 63, and Gilberto Rodriguez Orejuela, 67, entered guilty pleas and were ushered off to federal prison for the next 30 years -- no Miami Vice-like dramatics, no bodies riddled with gunfire in the manner of Medellin rival Pablo Escobar.
September 17, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Mexico extradited drug kingpin Francisco Javier Arellano-Felix to the United States, making him the first major Mexican drug lord to be sent north to face drug charges. The extradition was a victory for U.S. officials who have been pushing Mexico to hand over more drug lords. After serving a 10-year sentence in Mexico, the former head of Tijuana's Arellano-Felix drug clan was turned over to U.S. authorities in Brownsville, Texas.
September 16, 2006
Re "Drug Web Reportedly Spun in Cell," Sept. 13 How is it that a kingpin of the 18th Street gang in Los Angeles, Ruben "Nite Owl" Castro -- who is being held at Colorado's "Supermax" federal prison -- is allowed not only to have personal contacts but to send and receive correspondence? This applies to Aryan Nation gang members as well. Castro should not only be kept isolated from the world but should be forced to pay for the rehabilitation of drug addicts nationwide. Also, Aryan Nation gang members should be forced to teach racial tolerance.
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