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March 25, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO - A veteran U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer was sentenced Monday to 7½ years in federal prison after being convicted of helping smugglers bring marijuana and undocumented immigrants into the U.S. for a decade. Lorne "Hammer" Jones, 50, a former Marine, received as much as $500,000 from smugglers, allowing a lavish lifestyle that included a boat, trips to Las Vegas and season tickets to San Diego Chargers games, prosecutors said. Jones had been an inspector since 1994 and worked at the San Ysidro and Otay Mesa crossings.
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SPORTS
April 14, 2014 | By Steve Dilbeck
Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig is typically reticent to discuss any topic with the media, but the one subject he has always made completely off-limits was how he escaped from Cuba. And apparently with excellent reason. An exclusive story in Los Angeles Magazine details his complex odyssey, a stunning tale of human trafficking, smugglers, a drug cartel, a staged kidnapping, betrayal, revenge and even alleged death threats. The monthly magazine said the lengthy investigative report took contributing writer Jesse Katz five months to piece together.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 20, 2013 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO - A Customs and Border Protection officer was convicted Friday of conspiring for more than a decade to help smugglers bring marijuana and undocumented immigrants into the U.S. A jury in federal court deliberated for five days before convicting Lorne Leslie "Hammer" Jones, 50, of helping smugglers enter the U.S. through the San Ysidro and Otay Mesa border crossings. "Lorne Jones allowed greed to destroy everything his badge represents," said U.S. Atty. Laura Duffy. Jones had been an inspector since 1994.
SPORTS
April 14, 2014 | Bill Plaschke
Seemingly from the moment Cuban refugee Yasiel Puig showed up at Dodger Stadium out of nowhere, arriving last June unwilling to discuss his unknown background, the talk behind the batting cages has been rife with unprintable rumors. There were rumors Puig was smuggled out of Cuba by members of a Mexican drug cartel. There were rumors he still owed the smugglers money, and that his life could be in jeopardy. There was talk about Puig being essentially owned by a Miami businessman with a criminal record who hired those smugglers in exchange for 20% of the ballplayer's future earnings.
NATIONAL
March 22, 2012 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
Craigslist offers an array of opportunities -- but hiring human smugglers isn't legally among them, federal authorities say. They've arrested a Mexican man who allegedly used the site to recruit staff for his Texas-based human-smuggling operation. José Gustavo Diaz-Velasquez , 29, was arrested last week in the border town of Rio Grande City, Texas, after a yearlong federal investigation. Immigration agents began investigating Diaz-Velasquez in August after they discovered nearly a dozen Craigslist posts recruiting drivers for the smuggling operation, U.S. Atty.
NEWS
July 17, 1995 | Reuters
Iranian officials have cracked down on illegal trade by arresting thousands of smugglers and seizing products ranging from meat mincers to satellite dishes, the IRNA news agency reported Sunday. A law enforcement public relations officer from Hormozgan said that 512 automobiles, 731 boats, 12,000 household appliances, televisions, recorders and radios were confiscated during the past three months. He said items included satellite dishes, vacuum cleaners, watches and calculators.
NEWS
May 5, 1985 | Reuters
Egyptian police said they have foiles and attempt to smuggle $2.4 million worth of jewels into the country. The jewels were found on Egyptian passengers coming from Tokyo and a Sudanese passenger arriving from Khartoum, police said Friday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 2, 2012 | By Scott Gold, Los Angeles Times
A veteran U.S. Coast Guard chief petty officer was killed Sunday after suspected smugglers rammed his vessel near Santa Cruz Island, casting him into the ocean with a fatal head wound. Chief Petty Officer Terrell Horne III, 34, of Redondo Beach was second in command of the Halibut, an 87-foot patrol cutter based in Marina del Rey. Authorities said they could not recall a Coast Guard chief petty officer being killed in such a manner off the coast of California. Early Sunday morning, the Halibut was dispatched to investigate a boat operating near Santa Cruz Island, the largest of California's eight Channel Islands.
NATIONAL
October 31, 2012 | By John M. Glionna
The rules of the smuggling game across the U.S.- Mexico border have been written unofficially for years: If a bad guy moving drugs or people encounters a border fence, you tunnel under it. But a group of enterprising - or desperate - smugglers got caught trying an alternative method. They built a flimsy makeshift ramp and tried to drive over a U.S. Border Patrol fence near the Imperial Sand Dunes in Southern California. A U.S. Border Patrol spokeswoman in Arizona told the Los Angeles Times that a pair of suspected smugglers tried to drive over a 14-foot-high fence in southeastern Arizona just after midnight Tuesday but abandoned the vehicle and fled back into Mexico as agents approached.
NEWS
March 12, 2001
I am so angry. The sentence for the smugglers of the shahtoosh shawls ("Shawl Smugglers' Sentence Piques Antelope Protectors," March 2) is woefully inadequate to stop or deter the loss of the beautiful Tibetan antelope. JOSEPH RACANO Huntington Beach
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 8, 2014 | By Alicia Banks
Three men accused of trying to smuggle roughly two tons of marijuana onto the beaches of Malibu in a panga-style boat were charged Tuesday in federal court. Carlos Millan-Rogel, Jesus Aaron Guevara-Moreno and Victor Ayala-Marin face a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison if convicted, according to the U.S. attorney's office. A 20-page affidavit filed with the complaint says the three men were caught by authorities Monday morning on the sand at Leo Carrillo State Park in Malibu where the boat was found washed up on the sand, leaking gas and smelling strongly of marijuana.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 25, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO - A veteran U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer was sentenced Monday to 7½ years in federal prison after being convicted of helping smugglers bring marijuana and undocumented immigrants into the U.S. for a decade. Lorne "Hammer" Jones, 50, a former Marine, received as much as $500,000 from smugglers, allowing a lavish lifestyle that included a boat, trips to Las Vegas and season tickets to San Diego Chargers games, prosecutors said. Jones had been an inspector since 1994 and worked at the San Ysidro and Otay Mesa crossings.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 20, 2013 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO - A Customs and Border Protection officer was convicted Friday of conspiring for more than a decade to help smugglers bring marijuana and undocumented immigrants into the U.S. A jury in federal court deliberated for five days before convicting Lorne Leslie "Hammer" Jones, 50, of helping smugglers enter the U.S. through the San Ysidro and Otay Mesa border crossings. "Lorne Jones allowed greed to destroy everything his badge represents," said U.S. Atty. Laura Duffy. Jones had been an inspector since 1994.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 18, 2013 | By Annlee Ellingson
The immigrant smuggler at the center of "Coyote" is hardly a cartel-hardened pollero . Rather, Brian (Robert J. Steinmiller Jr.) is a white, middle-class Angeleno pushing 30 and still living at home. When he loses his job teaching a food-handling course for being too explicit in his descriptions about how bacteria spread, his metalhead Uncle Jimmy (Dennis W. Hall) gives him a gig in construction - as well as dubious life advice. In his new dirty job, Brian's germaphobia is swiftly replaced by a new obsession with his Latino co-workers, who, peddling in stereotypes, include a benevolent gardener working for a better life for his sons and a gangster electrician with a stash of loot left over from the riots.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 11, 2013 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- For the second time this month, Coast Guard personnel shot out the engine of a panga boat attempting to flee after being detected in an attempt to smuggle marijuana into the U.S., authorities said Wednesday. The latest incident occured 155 miles southwest of San Diego on Tuesday morning and involved a panga carrying 7,100 pounds of marijuana. Three suspected smugglers were taken into custody. The first incident occurred Dec. 2 about 140 miles southwest of San Diego.
WORLD
July 24, 2013 | By Sergei L. Loiko
MOSCOW -- The Russian Foreign Ministry reacted angrily Wednesday to a Lithuanian court's decision to extradite a Russian citizen to the United States on charges of arms trafficking. “We are seriously concerned with the U.S. side's continuing practice of sending requests for extradition of Russian citizens to third countries,” Konstantin Dolgov, the Foreign Ministry's human rights envoy, said in a statement published on the ministry's website. He charged that the extradition request “brusquely ignores the corresponding legal procedure," including a 1999 treaty in which Russia and the United States promised to cooperate on criminal cases.
NATIONAL
May 21, 2009 | Luis F. Perez
They can spot the smile on a suspected smuggler's face from 10,000 feet in the air, record full-color video of his run for shore and simultaneously track 5,000 ships spread over hundreds of miles of ocean. Flying above the Atlantic about halfway between Florida and the Bahamas, the latest addition to the government's anti-smuggling arsenal can track the trajectory of a boat leaving Cuba and compare it -- in seconds -- to every filed course plan for vessels on the water.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 13, 2011 | By Sam Quinones and Andrew Blankstein, Los Angeles Times
Before dawn Tuesday, California National Guard troops spotted a suspected smuggling boat moving up the coast from San Diego. The boat had no lights and after about an hour, it headed for shore at Crystal Cove State Park, near Newport Beach in Orange County. In the rough surf, the small craft flipped, spilling its occupants into the ocean. No one was hurt. But federal customs authorities, working with the Guard troops, arrested 14 suspected illegal immigrants, all from Mexico; another immigrant escaped and remains at large.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 26, 2013 | By Los Angeles Times Staff
The discovery of a Mexican smuggling boat, which was carrying nearly a ton of marijuana, in Manhattan Beach is part of a growing trend on the beaches of Southern California. Border Patrol agents spotted the panga boat just before 3 a.m. Saturday in waters illuminated by a full moon. After the vessel came ashore near 44th Street, authorities discovered 1,850 pounds of marijuana and two Mexican men, according to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. The men were taken into custody for questioning, ICE said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 2, 2013 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- The Coast Guard recovered 3.3 tons of marijuana off Southern California when smugglers tossed 245 bales overboard after their boat was spotted, the Coast Guard said Tuesday. The 210-foot cutter Alert recovered the bales early Sunday about 90 miles west of San Nicolas Island. The smugglers' boat made a U-turn and sped back to Mexican waters, as the Coast Guard notified the Mexican navy, officials said. The Alert, from its homeport in Astoria, Ore., was on anti-smuggling duty off Southern California when the smugglers' boat was spotted about 1:30 a.m.  The smugglers had been located by a Sacramento-based Coast Guard C-130 Hercules aircraft.
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