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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.
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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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 16, 1995 | SUSAN MARQUEZ OWEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The former leader of a Costa Mesa group that claims accounts of the Holocaust are exaggerated tried to convince a judge Thursday that Costa Mesa police and other agencies illegally seized bank statements, guns and other property during a recent raid on his home. Police seized the property from Willis Carto's home and the home of his associate, Henry John Fischer, both in northern San Diego County, in March during an investigation into whether the two embezzled $7.
NEWS
July 22, 1993 | DAVE LESHER and THUAN LE, TIMES STAFF WRITERS. Times staff writers David Reyes and Rene Lynch contributed to this story
Federal authorities arrested a 21-year-old convicted felon Wednesday after they found 14 homemade pipe bombs in his bedroom. Agents from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, acting on a tip when they made the arrest, said there was no evidence linking suspect Eric Lord Jeffrey with the white supremacists arrested last Thursday in connection with an alleged plot to ignite a race war in Southern California with attacks on high-profile minorities.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 10, 1998 | HARRISON SHEPPARD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
More than $500,000 worth of stolen Eddie Bauer products was returned to the company Wednesday after Westminster police and FBI agents raided a Laguna Hills warehouse used to fence the goods in Orange County. Two men were ordered held without bail in federal court Wednesday on charges of receiving the stolen goods, which were taken from an Eddie Bauer facility in Denver last month.
NEWS
July 22, 1993 | DAVE LESHER and THUAN LE, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Federal authorities arrested a 21-year-old convicted felon Wednesday after they found 14 homemade pipe bombs in his bedroom. Agents from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, acting on a tip when they made the arrest, said there was no direct evidence linking Eric Lord Jeffrey of Santa Ana with eight suspected white supremacists arrested July 15. ATF agent Jim Adamcik said, however, that Jeffrey has a swastika tattoo on his chest along with the letters "WP," for "white power."
NEWS
August 23, 1996 | DON LEE and STUART SILVERSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
In their biggest-ever series of raids in Southern California's garment-manufacturing industry, state and federal labor investigators have turned up dozens of violations at shops sewing clothing for major apparel brands--including Kathie Lee Gifford's line of women's wear. The contractor for Gifford--the TV personality who was at the center of a recent sweatshop controversy--was a small Garden Grove shop called TLC Fashion.
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