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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 6, 2000 | LOUISE ROUG
In an effort to combat gang activity, police served search warrants on 14 homes in Orange and Los Angeles counties early Wednesday and arrested an adult and a juvenile, authorities said. Rudy Sanchez, 30, was taken into custody for resisting arrest, and a 16-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of possessing ammunition and false identification, said Lt. Steve Costanzo of the La Habra Police Department. Investigators also seized two handguns and one shotgun, Costanzo said.
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BUSINESS
February 14, 1997 | JAMES S. GRANELLI and GEOFF BOUCHER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Marshaling its expanding force of agents in Orange County, immigration authorities arrested 43 undocumented workers at a dozen construction sites and 36 more at four McDonald's eateries, officials said Thursday. The arrests are part of a heightened effort by the Immigration and Naturalization Service in Orange County to crack down on the building industry and to increase its surveillance into less customary areas, like restaurants.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 9, 2001 | From Associated Press
A man authorities suspect in the slayings of racing legend Mickey Thompson and his wife accused sheriff's deputies Friday of raiding his home and taking documents protected by attorney-client privilege. Michael Goodwin said Orange County sheriff's deputies took the documents when they searched his Dana Point home Thursday in connection with the arrest of his brother on drug charges. He said deputies spent 90 minutes in his home, photographing some documents and taking others.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 20, 2000 | JACK LEONARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Orange County jurors awarded the owner of a Garden Grove auto body shop more than $1 million in damages after deciding that law enforcement officers raided the store without a warrant, a lawyer said Wednesday. Jurors concluded that the team of officers conspired to violate Merritt L. Sharp Sr.'s civil rights when it burst into his shop in June 1997 in a search for drugs, said Sharp's attorney, Jerry L. Steering.
NEWS
March 6, 1999 | HARRISON SHEPPARD and PHIL WILLON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Police raided the Little Saigon store at the center of a six-week protest by the Vietnamese community Friday and inside found an elaborate video piracy operation and thousands of allegedly counterfeit videotapes, mostly of Asian soap operas. Authorities had been investigating Truong Van Tran for two weeks, ever since they entered the Hi Tek Video store with him and noticed a string of VCRs hooked up to one unit.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 12, 1996 | TINA NGUYEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Westminster man carrying a carefully wrapped Christmas present was arrested at Los Angeles International Airport after police found 23 pounds of marijuana inside the box, authorities said Thursday. The bust led police to a Fountain Valley home where investigators arrested two more suspects and seized nine pounds of cocaine and $17,000 in cash, police said. The case began at 6:45 a.m. Wednesday when Los Angeles Police Department narcotics officers spotted Damien Cook, 20, at the airport.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 22, 1997
Federal agents raided a house Monday evening in northern Huntington Beach in what one law-enforcement source described as an investigation of suspected counterfeiting and possession of illegal firearms. Witnesses said a large squadron of agents with guns drawn made a forced entry into the house in the 14300 block of Riviera Drive about 5:30 p.m. No shots were heard.
BUSINESS
September 17, 1999 | GREG MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
State and federal investigators on Wednesday raided a Garden Grove online-gambling company suspected of cheating hundreds of investors out of as much as $20 million. The Orange County raid was part of a broader crackdown by state authorities on dozens of suspected "boiler room" operations in Southern California that prey on unsophisticated investors by persuading them to pour money into dubious Internet enterprises.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 25, 1994 | MIMI KO
Police shut down an alleged "boiler room" operation Tuesday at the United Supply Center. Authorities claim the firm called businesses throughout the country and, through misrepresentation, got them to pay for overpriced copier ink cartridges they never ordered. After conducting a six-month undercover investigation, police armed with a search warrant confiscated telephones, phone directories and business records, and detained 18 employees for questioning.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 5, 1991 | SONNI EFRON
About this time last year, I was crouched behind a bank of video slot machines in a darkened warehouse in Laguna Hills, half expecting a band of gangsters toting assault rifles to burst through the door. Eventually, several unarmed men showed up and were arrested by Orange County sheriff's deputies without a scuffle. More anticlimaxes were to follow.
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