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March 3, 1990 | RONALD L. SOBLE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Five Colombians, who were about to be released from jail because a federal judge ruled that police had bungled when they searched an apartment and found nearly $3 million in drug money, have been rearrested on state charges stemming from the same raid, Bell police said Friday. Narcotics Detective Dennis Tavernelli said the Colombians were booked Thursday night on suspicion of money laundering and participating in a conspiracy to sell cocaine.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 3, 1990 | RONALD L. SOBLE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Five Colombians, who were about to be released from jail because a federal judge ruled that police had bungled when they searched an apartment and found nearly $3 million in drug money, have been rearrested on state charges stemming from the same raid, Bell police said Friday. Narcotics Detective Dennis Tavernelli said the Colombians were booked Thursday night on suspicion of money laundering and participating in a conspiracy to sell cocaine.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 28, 1990 | RONALD L. SOBLE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A federal judge has ruled that police bungled the search last December of a Bell Gardens apartment in which nearly $3 million in cash from drug proceeds was discovered. He ordered charges against five defendants in the case dropped. At the time, the case--which involved officers from the cities of Huntington Park and Bell and Bell Gardens--was seen as a breakthrough in disrupting the money-laundering activities of Colombian drug dealers in the Los Angeles area.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 28, 1990 | RONALD L. SOBLE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A federal judge has ruled that police bungled the search last December of a Bell Gardens apartment in which nearly $3 million in cash from drug proceeds was discovered. He ordered charges against five defendants in the case dropped. At the time, the case--which involved officers from the cities of Huntington Park and Bell and Bell Gardens--was seen as a breakthrough in disrupting the money-laundering activities of Colombian drug dealers in the Los Angeles area.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 27, 1991
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and 38 local police departments joined in Manhattan Beach Thursday to form a countywide task force aimed at coordinating efforts and resources to combat drug trafficking. The official announcement of L.A. IMPACT (Los Angeles Interagency Metropolitan Police Apprehension Crime Task Force) was made at a news conference attended by Atty. Gen. Dan Lungren. L.A.
NEWS
December 19, 1989 | CHRIS WOODYARD and DAN WEIKEL, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
In what authorities described as the second-largest cocaine bust ever in California, police from Anaheim and other agencies seized nearly 5,000 pounds of cocaine and arrested seven on suspicion of drug trafficking over the weekend in Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties, officials announced Monday. The investigation began a week ago, according to police and court documents.
NEWS
December 19, 1989 | RONALD L. SOBLE and CHRIS WOODYARD, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Stepped-up pressure on drug dealers doing business in the Los Angeles metropolitan area resulted in seizure of about 5,000 pounds of cocaine worth an estimated $100 million and, separately, almost $3 million in drug cash about to be laundered, federal and local officials said Monday. A Drug Enforcement Administration official said the weekend cocaine seizure was the second-largest bust in Southern California history.
NEWS
June 23, 1990 | DAN WEIKEL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Thursday's bloody ambush of a Fullerton undercover police officer underscores the increasing potential for violence facing drug investigators and the wide-ranging, sometimes nomadic nature of narcotics dealers who cross city borders to do business. Officer Tommy De La Rosa, 43, was fatally wounded by drug dealers at a modest stucco home where he went to deliver what he promised would be a 200-kilogram shipment of cocaine.
NEWS
October 16, 1989 | PAUL LIEBERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With a record bust and growing scandal, it has hardly been a routine time on the front lines of the Los Angeles drug wars. The discovery of 21 tons of cocaine in Sylmar and suspension of 18 sheriff's investigators have focused very different sorts of attention on the police units that match wits with major drug traffickers, prompting a re-evaluation by some, gloating by others and--inevitably in the society of cops--some humor.
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