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November 26, 1990 | SEBASTIAN ROTELLA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was like stumbling onto the master villain's secret hide-out in a movie. At a solitary ranch house in the high desert 10 days ago, Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies and federal drug agents found an incredible sight: thousands of marijuana plants lining a huge, high-tech subterranean bunker beneath an outdoor basketball court.
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November 26, 1990 | SEBASTIAN ROTELLA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was like stumbling onto the master villain's secret hide-out in a movie. At a solitary ranch house in the high desert 10 days ago, Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies and federal drug agents found an incredible sight: thousands of marijuana plants lining a huge, high-tech subterranean bunker beneath an outdoor basketball court.
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November 21, 1990
The Los Angeles County district attorney's office filed charges Tuesday against a Lancaster contractor described as the central figure in a major marijuana production ring that dug high-tech underground farms in the Antelope Valley and Arizona. Frank Gegax, who surrendered last week, was charged with cultivation, possession and maintaining a place for manufacture and distribution of marijuana. Also charged Tuesday was Richard F.
NEWS
November 22, 1990
The district attorney's office has filed charges against two men accused of operating a marijuana ring that produced millions of dollars worth of plants in high-tech underground farms. Frank Gegax, 48, of Lancaster, and Richard F. Yerger, 28, of Long Beach were charged Tuesday with cultivation, possession and maintaining a place for manufacture and distribution of marijuana.
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November 21, 1990 | SEBASTIAN ROTELLA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Los Angeles County district attorney's office filed charges Tuesday against a Lancaster contractor described as the central figure in a major marijuana production ring that dug high-tech underground farms in the Antelope Valley and Arizona. Frank Gegax, who surrendered last week, was charged with cultivation, possession, and maintaining a place for manufacture and distribution of marijuana. Also charged Tuesday was Richard F.
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December 13, 1990 | JOHN RIVERA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Narcotics detectives arrested a 61-year-old Palmdale man Wednesday on charges that he built a sophisticated marijuana farm under the Mojave Desert, a lone-wolf operation inspired by his son's involvement with a nationwide ring that constructed several such farms in California and Arizona, investigators said. Richard E. Yerger Sr.
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January 19, 1991 | JOHN CHANDLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A federal grand jury in Los Angeles has indicted two Antelope Valley men on federal drug charges for allegedly building and operating a sophisticated underground marijuana farm in Llano, one of four such operations uncovered by investigators last fall, authorities said Friday. The two-count indictment, handed down late Thursday, charges Richard E.
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November 30, 1990 | SEBASTIAN ROTELLA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A federal grand jury in Phoenix has indicted 14 men accused of operating a multimillion-dollar network that allegedly dug high-tech subterranean marijuana farms beneath desert land in the Antelope Valley and Arizona. The indictment, released Thursday, is the first issued since federal drug agents last month discovered the highly organized ring, which was allegedly headed by construction contractors.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 13, 1991 | MICHAEL CONNELLY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The believed mastermind behind three sophisticated underground marijuana plantations discovered in the Antelope Valley and Arizona last year will go on trial Tuesday. Frank E. Gegax, 48, of Lancaster is scheduled to be tried in Prescott, Ariz., on federal charges that he headed an operation of subterranean marijuana farms in Lancaster and the Mojave Valley in Arizona that produced a harvest worth more than $75 million on the street. "He is it . . . the major leader," Assistant U. S. Atty.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 18, 1990 | MAYERENE BARKER and TRACEY KAPLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A second massive underground marijuana plantation, similar to a multimillion-dollar pot farm discovered last week near Lancaster, has been unearthed in the remote Antelope Valley community of Llano, authorities said Saturday. The Llano find is smaller but more sophisticated than the first, which sheriff's deputies called the largest such operation ever found in Los Angeles County. The farms, about 20 miles apart, are linked to similar operations in the Mohave Valley of Arizona, said Capt.
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November 28, 1990 | SEBASTIAN ROTELLA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sheriff's deputies in the Antelope Valley searched the suspected site of a sixth indoor marijuana farm Tuesday, and a top federal investigator said the ring that built the sophisticated underground plantations apparently dealt the drug nationwide. "It's growing," the federal drug agent, who asked not to be identified, said of the ring's market area. "It's beyond California."
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