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December 24, 1990 | JIM NEWTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sometime in late February, a for-sale sign will go up on the 213-acre Rancho del Rio, once allegedly the home of an international drug-trafficking ring, now little more than a scrappy collection of weathered buildings and chaparral owned by Orange County. The county hopes to fetch at least $1.4 million for the land, which has no running water, no electricity, no sewer hookups.
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March 3, 2008 | David Haldane, Times Staff Writer
Rancho del Rio is a property with a past. On 187 chaparral-covered acres deep in the hills of southeast Orange County, the ranch features a modest 1930s-era Spanish hacienda, numerous guest rooms with antique mahogany doors, a small vineyard, a well-stocked lake and at least a dozen scattered buildings including stables, caretaker's quarters, pump houses and barns. "It's peaceful, serene and gorgeous," says Jason Hahn, who oversees the place for the wealthy family that owns it.
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January 11, 1991 | DAN WEIKEL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Although she said she would not have approved the search warrant used, a federal judge Thursday refused to throw out evidence seized during a police raid of Rancho del Rio, allegedly the enclave of one of the nation's largest marijuana smuggling rings. The decision by U.S. District Judge Alicemarie H.
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October 20, 2003 | DAN WEIKEL, Times Staff Writer
Deep in the chaparral-covered hills of southeast Orange County lies a hidden landmark in the nation's war on drugs: Rancho del Rio, a rambling hacienda and former enclave of an international marijuana smuggling ring. The 188-acre ranch once belonged to Daniel James Fowlie, a surfer and artist, whom police suspected of having ties to the Brotherhood of Eternal Love in Laguna Beach during the late 1960s and early '70s. Drug guru and Harvard University psychologist Timothy Leary founded the group.
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January 29, 1990 | BOB SCHWARTZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Almost five years after it was seized in a drug raid, the fate of Rancho del Rio could finally be decided Tuesday, when the Orange County Board of Supervisors considers Sheriff Brad Gates' proposal to build a regional narcotics training center on the 213-acre property. Gates says the facility will help place the "domestic soldiers" in the war on drugs on an equal footing with highly sophisticated dealers.
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March 7, 1991 | DAVID REYES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Daniel J. Fowlie, whose 213-acre ranch in Orange County was seized by sheriff's deputies, was described at the start of his trial Wednesday as an international "drug king" who had imported 30 tons of marijuana from Mexico for distribution throughout the United States In opening remarks in federal court, Assistant U.S. Atty. Alana S. Artson told jurors that what he dubbed the "Daniel J.
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March 8, 1991 | DAVID REYES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Hidden in tanker trucks, tens of thousands of pounds of marijuana from Mexico passed through the international border into the United States to supply Daniel J. Fowlie's Orange County-based drug empire, his accountant testified Thursday in federal court.
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April 20, 1989
President Bush will stop in Orange County on Wednesday for an anti-drug event at Rancho del Rio, the remote and scenic headquarters of a former notorious drug smuggler, sources have confirmed. On Tuesday, an advance team from the White House toured the 213-acre ranch, which includes vineyards, a wine press and eight houses made of hand-laid stone, imported logs and tile. The ranch, which has a view of Santa Catalina Island, is accessible only by a treacherous 4-mile dirt road and an unpaved runway that was used by the smugglers.
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June 27, 1991 | JIM NEWTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After fierce bidding that drove the price up to $2.38 million, Orange County's Girl Scouts on Wednesday became the new owners of a 213-acre ranch that was once home to an international marijuana smuggler. Within a few months the land--where tons of marijuana once were bundled and shipped--should be bustling with hundreds of Girl Scouts enjoying a year-round camp. "We're delighted," said Bernice K. Hird, president of the Girl Scout Council of Orange County.
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June 27, 1991 | JIM NEWTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After a spirited session of bidding that drove up the price to $2.38 million, Orange County's Girl Scouts on Wednesday became the new owners of a 213-acre ranch that was once home to an international marijuana smuggler. Within a few months, the remote Rancho del Rio, which the Girl Scout Council of Orange County hopes to convert into a year-round camp, could be bustling with hundreds of Scouts.
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June 25, 1991 | JIM NEWTON
Real estate analysts and brokers predicted Monday that when the remote, 213-acre Rancho del Rio goes up for sale this week, county officials may find the response a little less than overwhelming. "Our interest has waned considerably," said Mike Cooper, a real estate agent for Knowles-Avery Land Co. "There's just so much property on the market right now that's closer in." Pat Ormsbee, an investment broker with Grubb & Ellis in Newport Beach, agreed.
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June 18, 1991 | JIM NEWTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The federal government has threatened to block Orange County's proposed sale next week of a 213-acre South County ranch seized in a 1985 drug raid, saying the county hasn't lived up to its agreement on use of the land. If the federal government makes good on its threat, it could derail hopes by county officials to sell Rancho del Rio on the open market. One of the prospective bidders is expected to be the county Harbors, Beaches and Parks Service Area.
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March 9, 1991 | DAVID REYES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Trying to discredit one of the government's key witnesses against accused Orange County drug smuggler Daniel J. Fowlie, defense attorneys Friday focused on the witness' history of lying to the IRS and dealing in hundreds of pounds of hashish. Under cross-examination, Joseph M.
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April 25, 1989
President Bush's Orange County visit today at a glance: WHAT: Bush is here to present a check for $4.39 million to local law enforcement authorities as their share of $5.2 million in cash confiscated in raids on Feb. 12, 1988. Bush also will address VIPs at a luncheon. WHERE: Ceremonies will take place at Rancho del Rio, a confiscated drug smuggler's headquarters 4 miles off the Ortega Highway. WHO: The event is not open to the public. Invited are high school students involved in Sheriff Brad Gates' anti-drug abuse program, Young Republicans of Orange County, the Republican Party County Central Committee and local police chiefs.
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March 6, 1991 | MARIA NEWMAN
Rancho del Rio, the 213-acre spread in southeast Orange County that became a symbol of the war on drugs, is officially for sale. County supervisors voted Tuesday to open the bidding for purchase of the property, the former home of an alleged drug kingpin. The lowest bid the county will accept is $1.54 million. Deadline for bids is June 26.
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March 8, 1991 | DAVID REYES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Hidden in tanker trucks, tens of thousands of pounds of marijuana from Mexico passed through the international border into the United States to supply Daniel J. Fowlie's Orange County-based drug empire, his accountant testified Thursday in federal court.
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March 7, 1991 | DAVID REYES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Daniel J. Fowlie, whose 213-acre ranch in Orange County was seized by sheriff's deputies, was described at the start of his trial Wednesday as an international "drug king" who had imported 30 tons of marijuana from Mexico for distribution throughout the United States In opening remarks in federal court, Assistant U.S. Atty. Alana S. Artson told jurors that what he dubbed the "Daniel J.
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