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November 18, 1989 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
In what he believed is the largest such seizure in the world, state Atty. Gen. John K. Van de Kamp staged a press conference Friday surrounded by more than 1,000 pounds of the drug methamphetamine and $1 million in $100 bills. Four men arrested on a variety of drug charges in connection with the seizure are headed for federal court trials that could cost them as much as 40 years in prison, Van de Kamp said, with the "mastermind" possibly facing a life term.
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November 22, 1990 | JAMES M. GOMEZ
Acting on a tip, Newport Beach narcotics officers arrested a Garden Grove man at his home on suspicion of drug possession and confiscated 5 ounces of methamphetamine, eight assorted firearms and $200 in cash, police said Wednesday. James Alan Gassaway, 43, was taken into custody Tuesday afternoon at his Otis Street home, minutes after undercover detectives found a jar full of methamphetamine buried in his front yard, Newport Beach Police Sgt. Andy Gonis said.
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December 5, 1994 | ROBERT J. LOPEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Pomona police raided a clandestine drug laboratory just one block from department headquarters early Sunday morning, arresting seven people and seizing about $50,000 worth of increasingly popular methamphetamine. Acting on a tip, officers swooped down on the lab shortly after midnight, also confiscating several guns along with the chemicals used to make the illicit stimulant, said Lt. Greg Hamill.
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May 6, 1997 | From a Times Staff Writer
Tips about a flow of drugs into this city led local investigators into Los Angeles, where authorities discovered what they said was one of the largest methamphetamine labs in state history. Police on Saturday arrested two men and seized 10 pounds of the concentrated, crystallized form of speed, known as "ice," from a lab capable of producing 100 to 200 pounds a week, Buena Park Police Sgt. Ken Coovert said Monday.
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September 19, 1998 | JANET WILSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Eight people were arrested Friday after raids on suspected methamphetamine labs in Santa Ana, Anaheim and Fullerton, police said. Several pounds of the illegal drug were seized in the raids, which began midafternoon and ended about 6 p.m., Fullerton Police Lt. Mike Stedman said. Two search warrants were served in Anaheim, one in Santa Ana and one in Fullerton, all in residential areas, police said. Police found evidence of illegal drug labs in Anaheim and Santa Ana, Stedman said.
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March 19, 1996
A Van Nuys man was sentenced Monday to almost 16 years in prison for selling nearly 20 pounds of methamphetamine to undercover federal agents, officials said. Humberto Estrada Bombella, 33, was convicted in September of conspiracy and possession with intent to sell the drug, said Assistant U.S. Atty. Anthony Pachecho. Bombella was also convicted on a weapons count because a loaded handgun was found on the floor of his car during the arrest, Pachecho said. U.S.
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June 25, 1997 | HEATHER KNIGHT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
While cocaine use continues to slow, methamphetamine is gradually taking its place as the most widely abused drug in the United States--and use of the potent stimulant is becoming increasingly prevalent in Los Angeles, the federal government reported Tuesday. Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco now lead the nation's cities in the number of deaths associated with methamphetamine use, according to the latest quarterly report by the Office of National Drug Control Policy.
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October 4, 1986 | MIKE APAN, Times Staff Writer
An investigation by the San Diego Narcotics Task Force culminated late Thursday in the seizure of a methamphetamine laboratory, about $1.5 million worth of the drug, $175,000 in cash, 30 weapons and an electronic surveillance system at the North Park home of a psychologist, authorities said. Using a federal search warrant, narcotics agents with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, San Diego Police Department and San Diego County Sheriff's Department assisted in the arrest of Douglas E.
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