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NEWS
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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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 26, 1990 | WENDY PAULSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Four people suspected of running a laboratory capable of producing more than $2 million worth of methamphetamine were arrested Thursday evening during a drug raid at a house, police said. Orange police, assisted by the Inland Empire Clandestine Lab Task Force, obtained a search warrant and used a battering ram to enter a house in the 500 block of South Hilda Street about 6:30 p.m., said Orange Police Sgt. Robert Gustafson.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
NEWS
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
NEWS
May 20, 1992 | JIM NEWTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Even by the recklessly violent standards of the drug underworld, it is a particularly savage and desperate collection of criminals that congregates around methamphetamine. There are the Hells Angels, who distribute huge amounts of the drug known as "crank" or "speed." There are the well-armed crews of "cookers" who make the substance in 36-hour sprees, frantically churning it out from filthy, toxic laboratories.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 2, 1993 | TIMOTHY WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Warning of the potential danger from methamphetamine labs, authorities told a group of ranchers Thursday to be alert for pungent odors, discarded chemical containers and other signs associated with the illicit operations. Authorities held the meeting, which was attended by Ventura County Sheriff Larry Carpenter, Dist. Atty. Michael D. Bradbury and other county law enforcement officials, in response to the discovery of four clandestine drug labs in the county since January.
WORLD
July 31, 2010 | By Ken Ellingwood, Los Angeles Times
Until he raised his pistol for the last time, Ignacio Coronel Villarreal was known for keeping his head low and footprints light. In a world populated by many larger-than-life drug bosses, the slightly built Coronel ruled with a quiet ruthlessness. He was seldom photographed and moved so carefully in the suburb of mansions where he lived in western Mexico that just one bodyguard was with him when the dragnet closed. Even his age and birthplace are a source of mystery. This much is known: By the time Mexican troops killed Coronel on Thursday outside the city of Guadalajara, he had reached the top rungs of drug trafficking, lording over a broad stretch of the Pacific coast as part of a years-long alliance with the country's most-wanted crime boss, Joaquin "Chapo" Guzman.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 20, 1997 | DEBRA CANO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Four Anaheim residents will be arraigned today in Orange County Municipal Court in Fullerton in connection with the seizure of 6.5 million pseudo-ephedrine tablets, an ingredient of methamphetamine. They were among 21 people arrested last week after an investigation that began in January by police in Anaheim and Long Beach and the state Department of Justice.
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