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October 7, 2000 | JACK LEONARD and MAI TRAN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Federal and local law enforcement officials are in the midst of a major crackdown on organized crime in Orange County's Little Saigon, hoping to make a dent in the racketeering and drug outfits that have flourished since the area's founding in the 1970s. In the last month, authorities targeted what they described as Orange County's largest supplier of the designer drug Ecstasy, along with operators of gambling and counterfeit clothing operations as well as credit card scams.
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October 7, 2000 | JACK LEONARD and MAI TRAN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Federal and local law enforcement officials are in the midst of a major crackdown on organized crime in Little Saigon, hoping to make a dent in the racketeering and drug outfits that have flourished since the 1970s. More than a dozen law enforcement agencies, including the U.S. Customs Service and Westminster police, have investigations underway in Little Saigon.
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October 7, 2000 | JACK LEONARD and MAI TRAN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Federal and local law enforcement officials are in the midst of a major crackdown on organized crime in Little Saigon, hoping to make a dent in the racketeering and drug outfits that have flourished since the 1970s. More than a dozen law enforcement agencies, including the U.S. Customs Service and Westminster police, have investigations underway in Little Saigon.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 7, 2000 | JACK LEONARD and MAI TRAN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Federal and local law enforcement officials are in the midst of a major crackdown on organized crime in Orange County's Little Saigon, hoping to make a dent in the racketeering and drug outfits that have flourished since the area's founding in the 1970s. In the last month, authorities targeted what they described as Orange County's largest supplier of the designer drug Ecstasy, along with operators of gambling and counterfeit clothing operations as well as credit card scams.
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July 27, 1997 | GEOFF BOUCHER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For 18 months, Raymond Ronald Mendez was a model employee for the Orange County public defender's office, an affable co-worker and crisp translator who interviewed Spanish-speaking defendants after their arrests. But the Santa Ana native has now been exposed as a man leading a second life--that of "Champ" Mendez, a player in the sprawling La Eme prison gang. He was convicted in May as a conspirator to murder and drug trafficking.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 29, 2000 | RICHARD MAROSI and MAI TRAN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Federal and local authorities said Thursday that they have dismantled Orange County's largest Asian organized crime syndicate, which supplied the majority of illegal gambling machines in the county. In a predawn raid in Little Saigon, authorities arrested 15 people. The alleged gang leader, Son Thanh Nguyen, 32, already was in custody on a weapons charge. Nguyen, authorities said, masterminded a sophisticated operation that installed "stealth" video games in cafes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 29, 2000 | RICHARD MAROSI and MAI TRAN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Federal and local authorities Thursday said they have dismantled the county's largest Asian organized crime syndicate, a Little Saigon-based operation that supplied the majority of illegal gambling machines in the county. In a predawn raid culminating "Operation Wildcard," authorities arrested 15 people. The alleged gang leader, Son Thanh Nguyen, 32, was already in custody on a weapons charge.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 26, 1993 | RENE LYNCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A reputed hit man was sentenced Tuesday to eight years in federal prison for his role in a botched murder-for-hire scheme that was organized by an alleged Las Vegas mobster. Blake Yoon, 28, of Los Angeles was the leader of a three-man "hit crew" who beat Lake Forest resident Wilbur Constable, 27, with baseball bats after luring the former Marine to a deserted parking lot in Irvine on Oct. 11, 1991. Constable, who was also shot once in the head, survived the assault.
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April 5, 2000 | MEG JAMES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The globe-trotting Godfather of South Boston--a storied gangster on the FBI's 10 Most Wanted List on suspicion of racketeering, extortion and 20 unsolved slayings--may have been spotted in Orange County, the federal agency said Tuesday. Officials would not say whether James "Whitey" Bulger, who once did time in Alcatraz for bank robbery, was actually seen in Orange County. However, a tipster called authorities after a woman believed to be Bulger's girlfriend, Catherine E.
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June 25, 1992 | MATT LAIT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An Orange County businessman was found not guilty Wednesday of charges that he paid a reputed Las Vegas mobster $21,000 to kill his secretary's fiance as part of a plot to have an affair with her. Although a U.S. District Court jury acquitted Julius F. Schill, 58, of San Juan Capistrano in the scheme, it convicted his co-defendant, Richard J. Dota, of murder for hire and conspiracy.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 29, 2000 | RICHARD MAROSI and MAI TRAN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Federal and local authorities Thursday said they have dismantled the county's largest Asian organized crime syndicate, a Little Saigon-based operation that supplied the majority of illegal gambling machines in the county. In a predawn raid culminating "Operation Wildcard," authorities arrested 15 people. The alleged gang leader, Son Thanh Nguyen, 32, was already in custody on a weapons charge.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 29, 2000 | RICHARD MAROSI and MAI TRAN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Federal and local authorities said Thursday that they have dismantled Orange County's largest Asian organized crime syndicate, which supplied the majority of illegal gambling machines in the county. In a predawn raid in Little Saigon, authorities arrested 15 people. The alleged gang leader, Son Thanh Nguyen, 32, already was in custody on a weapons charge. Nguyen, authorities said, masterminded a sophisticated operation that installed "stealth" video games in cafes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 5, 2000 | MEG JAMES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The globe-trotting Godfather of South Boston--a storied gangster on the FBI's 10 Most Wanted List on suspicion of racketeering, extortion and 20 unsolved slayings--may have been spotted in Orange County, the federal agency said Tuesday. Officials would not say whether James "Whitey" Bulger, who once did time in Alcatraz for bank robbery, was actually seen in Orange County. However, a tipster called authorities after a woman believed to be Bulger's girlfriend, Catherine E.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 25, 1998 | ROBERTO J. MANZANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A jewelry courier was robbed of a satchel of diamonds and cash Tuesday, the fourth such robbery in Orange County in two weeks. The 37-year-old Laguna Beach courier, who police did not identify, had just left the First Federal Bank in the 24000 block of Avenida de la Carlota at 12:44 p.m. and had placed the satchel of diamonds and cash in the back seat of his car when he was attacked, Sheriff's Lt. Lynn Nehring said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 21, 1998 | BONNIE HAYES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An LAPD crackdown on organized gangs of robbers who prey on jewelry store couriers may have forced the thieves south to Orange County, where there have been nearly 100 increasingly violent attacks on jewelers in the last 12 months, officials say. Three incidents this week in Orange County have reinforced fears that a special task force set up by Los Angeles police to deal with jewelry theft rings has moved the problem south.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 27, 1997 | GEOFF BOUCHER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For 18 months, Raymond Ronald Mendez was a model employee for the Orange County public defender's office, an affable co-worker and crisp translator who interviewed Spanish-speaking defendants after their arrests. But the Santa Ana native has now been exposed as a man leading a second life--that of "Champ" Mendez, a player in the sprawling La Eme prison gang. He was convicted in May as a conspirator to murder and drug trafficking.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 21, 1998 | BONNIE HAYES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An LAPD crackdown on organized gangs of robbers who prey on jewelry store couriers may have forced the thieves south to Orange County, where there have been nearly 100 increasingly violent attacks on jewelers in the last 12 months, officials say. Three incidents this week in Orange County have reinforced fears that a special task force set up by Los Angeles police to deal with jewelry theft rings has moved the problem south.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 25, 1998 | ROBERTO J. MANZANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A jewelry courier was robbed of a satchel of diamonds and cash Tuesday, the fourth such robbery in Orange County in two weeks. The 37-year-old Laguna Beach courier, who police did not identify, had just left the First Federal Bank in the 24000 block of Avenida de la Carlota at 12:44 p.m. and had placed the satchel of diamonds and cash in the back seat of his car when he was attacked, Sheriff's Lt. Lynn Nehring said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 26, 1993 | RENE LYNCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A reputed hit man was sentenced Tuesday to eight years in federal prison for his role in a botched murder-for-hire scheme that was organized by an alleged Las Vegas mobster. Blake Yoon, 28, of Los Angeles was the leader of a three-man "hit crew" who beat Lake Forest resident Wilbur Constable, 27, with baseball bats after luring the former Marine to a deserted parking lot in Irvine on Oct. 11, 1991. Constable, who was also shot once in the head, survived the assault.
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June 25, 1992 | MATT LAIT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An Orange County businessman was found not guilty Wednesday of charges that he paid a reputed Las Vegas mobster $21,000 to kill his secretary's fiance as part of a plot to have an affair with her. Although a U.S. District Court jury acquitted Julius F. Schill, 58, of San Juan Capistrano in the scheme, it convicted his co-defendant, Richard J. Dota, of murder for hire and conspiracy.
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