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March 30, 1990 | EDWIN CHEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
U.S. authorities accused the Iraqi government Thursday of masterminding an elaborate plot to smuggle electronic devices from California to Baghdad for eventual use in detonating nuclear weapons. Unsealing an indictment by a federal grand jury in San Diego against five alleged agents of the government in Baghdad, officials said they hope to extradite for prosecution in the United States the plot's alleged ringleader, Ali Ashour Daghir, and possibly other participants.
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June 11, 1998 | JON STEINMAN
A Glendale man was sentenced Tuesday to 18 months in federal prison and ordered to pay a $4,000 fine for his part in a multimillion-dollar smuggling operation that brought counterfeit goods to the U.S. from Korea. Sun Hyung Lee, 45, pleaded guilty to smuggling and trafficking in counterfeit merchandise in February 1997, six months after he and eight others were indicted on bribery, smuggling and counterfeiting charges.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 19, 1992 | From a Times Staff Writer
A Glendora nursery owner pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges that he used an express parcel service to smuggle Medfly-infested coffee berries into California from Hawaii, a state agricultural official said. While other people have been convicted on similar charges, this was believed to be the first criminal case involving Medflies against a licensed nursery owner, said Gera Curry, a spokeswoman for the Department of Food and Agriculture. Michael S.
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May 7, 1996 | TOM GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The smuggler who led authorities on the 80-mile chase that ended in the televised baton beating of two illegal immigrants by sheriff's deputies has been caught--after trying to sneak north with another load of undocumented people, authorities said Monday. The suspect, identified as Fidel Delgado-Pimental, was arrested Friday in the southwestern Riverside County community of Winchester after a tip to immigration authorities led to surveillance of the area, said U.S. Atty.
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April 7, 1996 | TONY PERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After the deaths Saturday of seven suspected illegal immigrants as their speeding truck flipped into a gully, federal officials vowed an unstinting investigation to find and prosecute the smuggler they hold wholly responsible for the tragedy. If the smuggler is ever found, the extent to which he can be held legally responsible may hinge on the outcome of a little-noticed smuggling case that goes to a federal judge in San Diego on Monday for sentencing.
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April 9, 1996 | TONY PERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a defeat for prosecutors seeking to increase prison sentences for smugglers of illegal immigrants, a San Diego judge rejected a U.S. attorney's request Monday for a 25-year sentence for a smuggler involved in a high-speed crash that killed three people and injured 16.
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September 8, 1988 | KENNETH REICH, Times Staff Writer
Atty. Gen. John K. Van de Kamp said Wednesday that tobacco industry advertising suggesting that youth gangs would take to cigarette smuggling if voters approve Proposition 99, a cigarette tax increase, is "a scare tactic of the worst and baldest kind."
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May 7, 1996 | TOM GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The smuggler who led authorities on the 80-mile chase that ended in the televised baton beating of two illegal immigrants by sheriff's deputies has been caught--after trying to sneak north with another load of undocumented people, authorities said Monday. The suspect, identified as Fidel Delgado-Pimental, was arrested Friday in the southwestern Riverside County community of Winchester after a tip to immigration authorities led to surveillance of the area, said U.S. Atty.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 11, 1998 | JON STEINMAN
A Glendale man was sentenced Tuesday to 18 months in federal prison and ordered to pay a $4,000 fine for his part in a multimillion-dollar smuggling operation that brought counterfeit goods to the U.S. from Korea. Sun Hyung Lee, 45, pleaded guilty to smuggling and trafficking in counterfeit merchandise in February 1997, six months after he and eight others were indicted on bribery, smuggling and counterfeiting charges.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 19, 1990 | BOB POOL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
State agriculture officials took a new swat at the Mediterranean fruit fly Thursday by offering a $10,000 reward to anyone who helps catch fruit smugglers responsible for infestations of the insect. Officials urged informants to anonymously call a toll-free telephone hot line if they know of anyone who has received uninspected fruit from such places as Hawaii, southern Mexico, and Central and South America.
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April 26, 1996 | TONY PERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The California Highway Patrol announced Thursday that it has concluded that a 19-year-old illegal immigrant was the driver in the April 6 crash outside Temecula that killed eight illegal immigrants. Fernando Covarrubias-Varela already faces federal smuggling charges for his role in the crash. If state charges are filed in connection with driving the vehicle, he could get a far more serious sentence than the federal case would bring.
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April 9, 1996 | TONY PERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a defeat for prosecutors seeking to increase prison sentences for smugglers of illegal immigrants, a San Diego judge rejected a U.S. attorney's request Monday for a 25-year sentence for a smuggler involved in a high-speed crash that killed three people and injured 16.
NEWS
April 7, 1996 | TONY PERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After the deaths Saturday of seven suspected illegal immigrants as their speeding truck flipped into a gully, federal officials vowed an unstinting investigation to find and prosecute the smuggler they hold wholly responsible for the tragedy. If the smuggler is ever found, the extent to which he can be held legally responsible may hinge on the outcome of a little-noticed smuggling case that goes to a federal judge in San Diego on Monday for sentencing.
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April 7, 1996 | TONY PERRY and JOSH MEYER and HENRY WEINSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A stolen pickup truck filled with suspected illegal immigrants careened off a winding mountain road in rural Riverside County on Saturday as it attempted to evade Border Patrol agents, killing seven men and injuring 18 others--one of the worst accidents in the history of California's troubled southern border, authorities said. U.S.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 3, 1994
Two Los Angeles men have been arrested on suspicion of possessing and transporting untaxed cigarettes and alcoholic beverages as investigators seized more than 7,700 cartons of cigarettes that had not been taxed by the state of California, authorities said. Arnulfo Vasquez, 46, and Felix Antonio Montes, 31, were taken into custody Sunday by officers of the California State Police and were being held in lieu of $300,000 bail each.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 19, 1992 | From a Times Staff Writer
A Glendora nursery owner pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges that he used an express parcel service to smuggle Medfly-infested coffee berries into California from Hawaii, a state agricultural official said. While other people have been convicted on similar charges, this was believed to be the first criminal case involving Medflies against a licensed nursery owner, said Gera Curry, a spokeswoman for the Department of Food and Agriculture. Michael S.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 3, 1994
Two Los Angeles men have been arrested on suspicion of possessing and transporting untaxed cigarettes and alcoholic beverages as investigators seized more than 7,700 cartons of cigarettes that had not been taxed by the state of California, authorities said. Arnulfo Vasquez, 46, and Felix Antonio Montes, 31, were taken into custody Sunday by officers of the California State Police and were being held in lieu of $300,000 bail each.
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September 9, 1991 | MARY WILLIAMS WALSH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Welcome to Canada, where "cold turkey" has taken on a sensational new meaning for hard-pressed cigarette smokers. The Canadian government has taxed cigarettes to such levels that smokers have lately been known to drive across the border to the United States, buy a turkey, rip out its frozen innards in the supermarket parking lot, stuff the cavity with cheap American loose tobacco, and smuggle the bird back home.
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September 9, 1991 | MARY WILLIAMS WALSH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Welcome to Canada, where "cold turkey" has taken on a sensational new meaning for hard-pressed cigarette smokers. The Canadian government has taxed cigarettes to such levels that smokers have lately been known to drive across the border to the United States, buy a turkey, rip out its frozen innards in the supermarket parking lot, stuff the cavity with cheap American loose tobacco, and smuggle the bird back home.
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July 21, 1990 | JERRY GILLAM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Three people have been arrested and charged with produce smuggling--the kind of smuggling that authorities suspect is the way Mediterranean fruit flies get into California, state Department of Food and Agriculture officials reported Friday. No evidence of Medflies was found in the 1,260 pounds of produce seized after the arrest in San Jose of wholesale produce dealers Thiet Nguyen, (Susan) Ung Thi Tchang and Tai Tran.
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