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June 14, 2001 | KEN ELLINGWOOD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Rudy M. Camacho, who has overseen U.S. Customs Service operations on California's border with Mexico, was named Wednesday to steer the agency's enforcement efforts along the entire 2,000-mile international boundary. Camacho was appointed Customs' Southwest border coordinator, a newly created post based in San Diego that will oversee enforcement along a border that spans four U.S. states and sits at the fore of the federal government's war on drug smuggling.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 8, 1991
A random inspection at the Calexico border crossing resulted in the confiscation of a record $33.6 million worth of cocaine Friday night, officials said. Customs inspectors and drug-sniffing dogs found 960 pounds of cocaine in the trunk of a 1981 Chevrolet Caprice at 7 p.m., said Bobbie Cassidy, spokeswoman for the U.S. Customs Service. It was the largest load of cocaine ever discovered there, Cassidy said.
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September 8, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
U.S. Customs inspectors seized 2,907 pounds of cocaine worth $106 million inside a truck at the Otay Mesa cargo inspection stop, a spokeswoman said Saturday. Agents on Friday arrested the truck driver, Alfredo Angon Rivera, 37, of Los Angeles for investigation of smuggling a controlled substance, said Customs spokeswoman Bobbie Cassidy. The cocaine was hidden in a trailer load of scrap metal being imported from Mexico, Cassidy said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 21, 1992 | ANNE BAKER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The U.S. Customs Service has more than doubled its seizures of marijuana at the five ports of entry in San Diego and Imperial counties, according to a Customs report released Tuesday. Nearly 40 tons of marijuana, 8 tons more than the weight of a 737 airplane, was seized by Custom's agents at the five U.S.-Mexico border checkpoints during fiscal year 1992, which ended Sept. 30. That contrasts with 15 tons taken in fiscal year 1991.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 26, 1991 | LISA CASTIGLIONE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
U.S. Customs agents seized a record 15,833 pounds of cocaine at the five ports of entry in the San Diego district during fiscal year 1991, federal officials announced Friday. In addition, the amount of marijuana recovered, 30,916 pounds, is the highest in six years. Last year customs agents at San Ysidro, Otay Mesa, Tecate, Calexico and Andrade collected 14,820 pounds of marijuana from smugglers. Heroin seizures rose from 12 pounds in fiscal 1990 to 16 pounds this year. Rudy M.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 7, 1991 | PATRICK MCDONNELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
U.S. customs agents seized 60.4 pounds of cocaine with an estimated street value of $4.5 million early Saturday after the illegal substance was found concealed in a vehicle arriving from Mexico at the San Ysidro port of entry, authorities said. The driver of the vehicle, Adrian Aranda, 26, a U.S. citizen who resides in Tijuana, was arrested in connection with the 4 a.m. seizure, according to the U.S. Customs Service. U.S.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 10, 1992 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
U.S. Customs officials announced a program aimed at keeping open at least 75% of the inspection lanes at the busy Port of Entry in San Ysidro, declaring Monday that the open lanes should ease polluting, time-consuming, money-wasting backlogs at the U.S.-Mexico border.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 24, 1993
As director of Customs San Diego District, I believe it is my duty to the taxpayers to attempt to correct the misleading information provided in your article "Tougher Times Loom at the Border" (April 12). You presented a distorted story, filled with outdated information. Reporter G.H. Reza was afforded two opportunities to tour Customs cargo facilities at Otay Mesa to learn about our latest efforts there, but chose instead to focus on stale material that is three to four years old. To an outsider who has not availed himself of the most expert guidance, it may seem that most inspections are cursory at best and that thorough inspections are rare.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 18, 1991 | PATRICK McDONNELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Amid much hoopla, U.S. and Mexican authorities launched car-pool lanes Monday for passenger vehicles transporting more than four people from Mexico into the United States through the San Ysidro Port of Entry, the world's busiest border crossing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 16, 1991 | PATRICK McDONNELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For the legions of motorists exasperated by the seemingly ceaseless delays along the U.S.-Mexico border, Rudy M. Camacho has sobering news: Things may not get better, even though the number of U.S. customs inspectors posted to the border is expected to rise by about one-third in coming months. "I think it would be irresponsible for me to say we're going to cut all the waiting times in half," Camacho said Friday. He took office this week as U.S. Customs district director in San Diego.
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