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December 14, 2001
Re "L.A. Bus Firm Investigated in Immigrant Smuggling Scheme," Dec. 11: The Justice Department and the INS are going after the Golden State Transportation bus company. I would like to see them follow the money trail and go after the destination where these illegal aliens were being taken. The companies who hire illegal aliens are behind all this. They are the ones that provide the money for the smuggling and traffic in slave labor. I want to see the Justice Department and the INS go after the real culprits!
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 26, 2014 | Kevin Baxter, Brian Bennett
Yasiel Puig's journey to Los Angeles - and riches with the Dodgers - is a serpentine tale of drug cartels, nighttime escapes and international human smuggling. Yet in the booming marketplace for Cuban ballplayers, it is far from unique. Since 2009, nearly three dozen have defected, with at least 25 of them signing contracts worth more than a combined $315 million. Many, like Puig, were spirited away on speedboats to Mexico, Haiti or the Dominican Republic. Once there, they typically were held by traffickers before being released to agents - for a price.
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OPINION
December 24, 2001
Re "Tyson Foods Is Indicted in Immigrant Smuggling," Dec. 20: So much for the notion of illegal immigrants stealing jobs that belong to Americans! Obviously not all U.S. companies are willing to pay the wages American workers would demand. It is good to see the INS go after one of the greedy corporations at the root of this problem and not just the hapless immigrants who come here desperate to feed their families. Sheila Peck Huntington Beach
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 18, 2014 | By Christine Mai-Duc
A Sylmar couple has pleaded not guilty to accusations that they paid to have a 9-year-old girl smuggled to the U.S. from Central America and forced her to work at their restaurant. Dora Alicia Valle, 50, and her live-in boyfriend, Estrada Melvin Sandoval, 40, were charged with one count each of human trafficking and slavery. The girl, now 11, was brought to the Los Angeles area from El Salvador in 2012, according to the L.A. County district attorney's office.  The pair allegedly forced the girl to work four days a week at Costa Del Sol, a Pacoima restaurant that Valle owned.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 27, 2013 | By Times Staff Writer
Immigration authorities are looking into possible human smuggling after a panga boat was found Tuesday morning on the shore of Mugu Rock, Ventura County sheriff's officials said. California Highway Patrol officials responded about 6:10 a.m. to a report about the beached vessel. Ventura County sheriff's officials and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement were called to assist, said Capt. Don Aguilar of the Sheriff's Department. “We frequently have boats that wash ashore, whether it's for drugs or human smuggling, but this one we believe is suspected of human smuggling,” Capt.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 10, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- A 50-year-old Chula Vista man has pleaded guilty to smuggling 100 pounds of dried sea cucumbers into the U.S. from Mexico to sell on the lucrative black market. Cheng Zhuo Liu admitted in federal court that he smuggled the small marine animals into the U.S. in the spare tire area of his Hyundai. Black market value of the sea cucumbers was placed between $5,000 and $10,000, prosecutors said. Liu faces a possible five years in prison and $20,000 fine when sentenced June 9. Because of overfishing, many species of sea cucumbers are now protected by an international trade agreement.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 21, 2013 | By Tony Perry and Richard Marosi
Two ex-Border Patrol agents were sentenced Friday to at least 30 years in prison for smuggling more than 500 people into the U.S. Raul Villarreal, 44, was sentenced to 35 years for leading the smuggling ring. His brother, Fidel Villarreal, 45, was sentenced to 30 years for managing the operation. The sentences, meted out in San Diego federal court by U.S. District Judge John Houston, are among the longest given to border law enforcement officials. Houston said he hoped the sentences act as deterrents.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 15, 2009 | Andrew Blankstein
Federal authorities have arrested eight people -- and were seeking a ninth -- with ties to the Drew Street clique of the Avenues gang on suspicion of drug trafficking and human smuggling. Agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement served search and arrest warrants Wednesday morning and Tuesday night at locations in the Imperial Valley and Los Angeles. One of the sites in the 2800 block of Avenue 34 in northeast Los Angeles was the base of operations for the alleged smuggling ring and served as a "drop house" before illegal immigrants were taken to their final locations, ICE spokeswoman Virginia Kice said in a statement.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 11, 2013 | By Jason Felch, Los Angeles Times
Federal agents have seized an estimated $100 million in art over the last two years from a prominent Manhattan antiquities dealer they describe as one of the most prolific antiquities smugglers in the world. Subhash Kapoor, a 64-year-old American citizen, awaits trial in India, where he is accused of being part of an antiquities smuggling ring that American and Indian investigators say spanned continents. U.S. authorities have issued their own arrest warrant for Kapoor, saying they have evidence he supplied stolen art to leading museums around the world.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 27, 2009 | Richard Marosi
California authorities announced indictments Wednesday against a distribution cell of the Sinaloa drug cartel that allegedly smuggled large amounts of cocaine and marijuana into Southern California through the border crossing at Calexico. The 16 suspects are accused of transporting the drugs in compartments hidden in vehicles and then storing the contraband at stash houses in the Los Angeles area, authorities said. From there, authorities said, the drugs were distributed to cities across the U.S. and Canada.
WORLD
April 13, 2014 | By Laura King
TRIPOLI, Libya - Dragging deeply on a cigarette and swirling his espresso dregs, the curly-haired young militiaman offered up a vivid account of the battles he and fellow rebels waged to bring down dictator Moammar Kadafi - days of blazing bombardment, thirsty desert nights. Then he voiced his dismay at the chokehold those same armed groups now maintain on Libya. "We fought so hard to make a new country," said the 28-year-old of Libyan extraction who left Britain to join the revolution that swept this North African nation in 2011.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 10, 2014 | By Aamera Jiwaji
An Israeli court has punished a Palestinian prisoner whose semen was smuggled from jail. Abdul Karim Rimawi was fined about $1,499 Thursday and deprived of family visits for two months, according to a statement by the Palestinian Prisoner Club Assn. The emailed statement read, "The punishment of Rimawi is the first such kind of punishment in the history of courts. " Rimawi, who has served 12 years of his 25-year sentence, helped smuggle his semen from jail two years ago. Eight months ago, his wife gave birth to a boy.  Clandestine in-vitro fertilization is viewed as the latest form of resistance by Palestinians.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 10, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- A 50-year-old Chula Vista man has pleaded guilty to smuggling 100 pounds of dried sea cucumbers into the U.S. from Mexico to sell on the lucrative black market. Cheng Zhuo Liu admitted in federal court that he smuggled the small marine animals into the U.S. in the spare tire area of his Hyundai. Black market value of the sea cucumbers was placed between $5,000 and $10,000, prosecutors said. Liu faces a possible five years in prison and $20,000 fine when sentenced June 9. Because of overfishing, many species of sea cucumbers are now protected by an international trade agreement.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 19, 2014 | Richard Marosi
A U.S. Border Patrol agent patrolling a smuggling trail in the mountains east of San Diego shot and killed a suspect Tuesday morning after being struck in the head during a rock attack, federal and San Diego County authorities said. The confrontation occurred about 6:30 a.m. on Otay Mountain, which is heavily used for illegal crossings into San Diego. Agents patrolling in SUVs and all-terrain vehicles crisscross the mountain around the clock. The agent opened fire after being hit in the face with a rock thrown by a noncitizen who was suspected of crossing the border illegally, San Diego County Sheriff's Lt. Glenn Giannantonio said.
NATIONAL
February 12, 2014 | By John M. Glionna
COLUMBUS, N.M. - Each morning, embattled Mayor Nicole Lawson performs a private ritual in this tiny U.S.-Mexico border village of 1,600 isolated souls, a forgotten place with mostly unpaved roads and not a single stoplight. After brushing her teeth, she pads over to a white note board bearing only an oversize number scrawled in black. On this mid-January morning, she wipes away the "58," replacing it with "57. " With a sigh of satisfaction, Lawson, 39, counts down yet another difficult day until the end of her term running a hamlet that may be one of America's most dysfunctional communities.
NATIONAL
February 3, 2014 | By David Zucchino
Louis DiNatale didn't intend to enter Canada when he and his wife wound up on a bridge from New York state to Ontario province one day in September, misdirected by an unreliable GPS. What began as an American couple's getaway to Vermont quickly turned into a lesson on the stark difference between the U.S. and Canada when it comes to gun laws. DiNatale, whose request to turn around and cross back into the U.S. was denied, then made another mistake. When a border official asked whether he had any weapons, he said no. Then the questions started about guns.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 19, 2010 | By Kim Christensen
The owner of a Claremont doughnut shop was indicted Tuesday on federal charges that he bought endangered-elephant ivory on EBay and smuggled it into the United States from Thailand three years ago. Moun Chau, 50, of Montclair was charged with conspiracy and the illegal importation of wildlife, according to the indictment, which cited violations of the Endangered Species Act and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species. The alleged smuggling was discovered in November 2006 when authorities found four African elephant tusks in a shipment purported to be toys.
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.
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