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November 7, 1989 | RICHARD SIMON and STEPHANIE CHAVEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Even before the first drops of malathion fell over parts of the San Fernando Valley on Monday night to fight the county's worst Mediterranean fruit fly infestation, officials reported finding more of the crop-destroying pests, requiring aerial spraying of a new area of the San Gabriel Valley.
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September 15, 2001 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A former employee at Los Angeles International Airport was sentenced this week to five years in federal prison for conspiring to smuggle firearms and explosives onto an airliner, the U.S. attorney's office said. Lionel Rodriguez, 31, of Diamond Bar was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Santa Ana. A spokesman for the U.S. attorney's office said Rodriguez worked as a loss prevention agent at an airport shop.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 14, 1990 | JANE FRITSCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a display of dissatisfaction with police conduct, the Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday sent the Police Commission new guidelines intended to cut down on the number of illegal aliens that officers turn over to immigration authorities. It was unclear whether the guidelines will be put into effect. Police officials object to some of the provisions and said Tuesday that they expect the commission, which has ultimate authority in police policy matters, to make changes.
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June 26, 2001 | HECTOR BECERRA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The leader of a group of immigrant smugglers who held people for ransom in San Fernando Valley houses while brutalizing and raping some of them was sentenced Monday to life in federal prison. According to trial testimony, Mario Arenas-Morales, 34, ordered his men, five of whom have been convicted so far, to rape two female immigrants, beat and torture two men and abandon them without shoes in deserted areas in 1999. U.S. District Judge George H.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 9, 2000
A senior U.S. Customs Service agent pleaded guilty in federal court Friday to taking thousands of dollars in bribes from an importer and conspiring to smuggle 15,000 counterfeit Microsoft computer programs from Hong Kong to the United States. Richard Casas, 46, of El Monte faces up to 40 years in prison when he is sentenced in November by U.S. District Judge Lourdes G. Baird.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 5, 1989
Two suspected smugglers were arrested at Los Angeles International Airport as part of a continuing crackdown on the transporting of illegal aliens aboard commercial airliners, an Immigration and Naturalization Service spokesman said Saturday. Also arrested late Friday and early Saturday at three domestic airline terminals were 35 immigrants, who were about to board 12 separate flights bound for New York, Atlanta, Chicago and Dallas.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 15, 2001 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A former employee at Los Angeles International Airport was sentenced this week to five years in federal prison for conspiring to smuggle firearms and explosives onto an airliner, the U.S. attorney's office said. Lionel Rodriguez, 31, of Diamond Bar was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Santa Ana. A spokesman for the U.S. attorney's office said Rodriguez worked as a loss prevention agent at an airport shop.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 4, 1991
A prison guard pleaded guilty Monday to bribery and other federal charges stemming from a scheme to smuggle whiskey and 14 grams of cocaine to an inmate at the Metropolitan Detention Center in downtown Los Angeles. In addition to his plea to two counts of bribery by a public official, Willie Simmons, 30, of Inglewood pleaded guilty to two counts of providing contraband in a prison and one count of distributing cocaine, U.S. Atty. Lourdes Baird said.
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January 21, 1995 | NICHOLAS RICCARDI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A North Hollywood man is one of 11 illegal-immigrant smugglers who pleaded guilty to conspiracy in federal court this week, according to federal officials. Dilawar Singh Gill, 33, faces up to five years in jail and a $250,000 fine after his plea Tuesday, said the U.S. attorney's office in Seattle, which oversaw the prosecution.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 9, 2000
A senior U.S. Customs Service agent pleaded guilty in federal court Friday to taking thousands of dollars in bribes from an importer and conspiring to smuggle 15,000 counterfeit Microsoft computer programs from Hong Kong to the United States. Richard Casas, 46, of El Monte faces up to 40 years in prison when he is sentenced in November by U.S. District Judge Lourdes G. Baird.
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November 23, 1999
A Muscovite who arrived at Los Angeles International Airport lugging two suitcases pleaded guilty in federal court Monday to lying about their contents--200 jars of expensive sturgeon caviar. The caviar that 28-year-old Dmitri Alekseyevich Neposedov was bringing into the country weighed 50 pounds and had a retail value of up to $75,000, said Diane Petrula of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
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January 28, 1996 | THAO HUA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When Dang Nhi returned from Vietnam this month, she had a collection of souvenirs, including four packages of cha bong, nestled inside her canvas suitcase. To the 23-year-old Anaheim woman, the dried shredded pork, marinated in sauce made from fresh fish netted off of Vietnam's coast, was a prized gift for relatives in America.
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January 21, 1995 | NICHOLAS RICCARDI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A North Hollywood man is one of 11 illegal-immigrant smugglers who pleaded guilty to conspiracy in federal court this week, according to federal officials. Dilawar Singh Gill, 33, faces up to five years in jail and a $250,000 fine after his plea Tuesday, said the U.S. attorney's office in Seattle, which oversaw the prosecution.
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April 16, 1993 | HENRY WEINSTEIN, TIMES LEGAL AFFAIRS WRITER
A federal jury in Los Angeles on Thursday convicted two men of illegally transporting and exporting hazardous chemical waste bound for Pakistan, the first conviction by a jury for this crime, according to federal prosecutors. The jury convicted Tariq Ahmad, 33, of Reno and Rafat Asrar, 38, of Irvine of violating the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act. Both men also were convicted of arson, conspiracy to commit arson, mail fraud and perjury. Ahmad was convicted of money laundering.
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January 23, 1993 | MICHAEL FLAGG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A federal grand jury Friday charged a Huntington Beach man and an Iranian national with trying to illegally ship a sophisticated IBM computer to Iran. The grand jury indicted Reza Zandian, 41, of Iran and Paris, and Charles Reger, 57, on charges of attempting to export a controlled commodity, making a false statement to the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Customs Service, and conspiracy.
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March 2, 1989 | GEORGE RAMOS, Times Staff Writer
In the parlance of alien smugglers at Los Angeles International Airport, everybody has "cousins." With a knowing smile, a man who all too readily identified himself as Jose Luis Hernandez admitted that he had just boarded three "cousins" on Eastern Airlines Flight 80 bound for New York, via Atlanta. "Yes, they are illegal, but they're my cousins," said "Hernandez," a winning young man dressed in designer blue jeans and a white jacket.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 17, 1990 | MARITA HERNANDEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Citing public testimony about eroding trust in police by immigrants and refugees, Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alatorre said Monday that he planned to move forward to clarify a city policy instructing officers not to turn illegal aliens over to immigration authorities, unless they are charged with serious crimes.
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January 5, 1993 | MICHAEL FLAGG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Federal agents arrested an Orange County man and an Iranian citizen late Monday and charged them with trying to illegally export a sophisticated computer to Iran. The two are Reza Zandian, 41, who gave his address to federal agents as Paris, France, and Tehran, Iran; and Charles Reeger, 57, of Huntington Beach. They were arrested by agents on a Costa Mesa side street just off the San Diego Freeway after returning from an air-freight terminal at Los Angeles International Airport.
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June 4, 1991
A prison guard pleaded guilty Monday to bribery and other federal charges stemming from a scheme to smuggle whiskey and 14 grams of cocaine to an inmate at the Metropolitan Detention Center in downtown Los Angeles. In addition to his plea to two counts of bribery by a public official, Willie Simmons, 30, of Inglewood pleaded guilty to two counts of providing contraband in a prison and one count of distributing cocaine, U.S. Atty. Lourdes Baird said.
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