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June 10, 1989 | ANTHONY MILLICAN, Times Staff Writer
A federal grand jury in San Diego has issued a 14-count indictment charging 10 more people with the manufacture and distribution of methamphetamine in the aftermath of a nine-month inter-agency sting operation that authorities have billed as the largest of its kind in U.S. history, officials reported Friday. The death of a 21-year-old woman is also involved in the case. The indictment issued Thursday alleges that the group conspired to manufacture 800 pounds of methamphetamine at three clandestine laboratories throughout the county.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 10, 1989 | ANTHONY MILLICAN, Times Staff Writer
A federal grand jury in San Diego has issued a 14-count indictment charging 10 more people with the manufacture and distribution of methamphetamine in the aftermath of a nine-month inter-agency sting operation that authorities have billed as the largest of its kind in U.S. history, officials reported Friday. The death of a 21-year-old woman is also involved in the case. The indictment issued Thursday alleges that the group conspired to manufacture 800 pounds of methamphetamine at three clandestine laboratories throughout the county.
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March 20, 1989 | H.G. REZA, Times Staff Writer
Calling it the single biggest roundup of methamphetamine manufacturers in U.S. history, federal and state drug agents ended a successful 9-month sting operation Sunday with the apprehension of about 100 suspected drug dealers and the closing of 23 meth labs in the San Diego area. About 350 officers from several law enforcement agencies descended on dozens of homes at 6 a.m. and arrested numerous suspects in San Diego and Orange counties and as far north as Mammoth Lakes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 21, 1989 | RICHARD A. SERRANO, Times Staff Writer
What federal, state and local officials have billed as the single largest case against methamphetamine manufacturers in U. S. history was in the hands of "Chuck," a 50-year-old former Marine Corps sergeant with a black belt in judo and jujitsu, a passion for motorcycles and a scraggly beard and long hair that made him look more like a member of the Hells Angels than what he truly was: An undercover cop. "And I was never without a gun," he said in an interview Monday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 21, 1989 | RICHARD A. SERRANO, Times Staff Writer
What federal, state and local officials have billed as the single largest case against methamphetamine manufacturers in U. S. history was in the hands of "Chuck," a 50-year-old former Marine Corps sergeant with a black belt in judo and jujitsu, a passion for motorcycles and a scraggly beard and long hair that made him look more like a member of the Hells Angels than what he truly was: An undercover cop. "And I was never without a gun," he said in an interview Monday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 6, 1990
A Santee man who pleaded guilty to conspiring to manufacture and possess methamphetamine was sentenced Monday to 20 years in federal prison. Kevin Sweeney, 31, was one of 91 defendants charged in the "Operation Crankcase" sting, in which undercover agents operated out of the Tripleneck Scientific chemical store. Sweeney's attorney, Charles Adair, said his client entered into secretly taped discussions about methamphetamine production with undercover agents.
NEWS
March 20, 1989 | H. G. REZA, Times Staff Writer
Calling it the single biggest roundup of methamphetamine manufacturers in U.S. history, federal and state drug agents ended a successful nine-month sting operation Sunday with the apprehension of about 100 suspected drug dealers and the closing of 23 meth labs in San Diego County. About 350 officers from every law enforcement agency in the county descended on dozens of homes at 6 a.m. and arrested numerous suspects in San Diego and Orange counties and as far north as Mammoth Lakes.
NEWS
March 20, 1989 | H.G. REZA, Times Staff Writer
Calling it the single biggest roundup of methamphetamine manufacturers in U.S. history, federal and state drug agents ended a successful 9-month sting operation Sunday with the apprehension of about 100 suspected drug dealers and the closing of 23 meth labs in the San Diego area. About 350 officers from several law enforcement agencies descended on dozens of homes at 6 a.m. and arrested numerous suspects in San Diego and Orange counties and as far north as Mammoth Lakes.
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