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September 16, 1997 | BOB POOL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The two men couldn't wiggle out of this one--not when customs agents found snakes writhing in their pantyhose. That's why a pair of wildlife collectors caught at a Texas border crossing with reptiles in their underwear pleaded guilty to smuggling Monday in Los Angeles federal court.
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July 17, 2000 | GINA PICCALO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Police say a South Gate man has confessed to killing a 36-year-old woman because he didn't want to pay the $2,600 fee she charged him for transporting his illegal immigrant nephew and a friend. Salvador Velasco, 27, a convicted felon who had been criminally deported two years ago, and his roommate Juan Luis Rodriguez, 25, are scheduled to be arraigned on murder charges Tuesday.
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June 17, 1998 | PATRICK KERKSTRA and PATRICK J. McDONNELL, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Federal authorities Tuesday charged three men with smuggling after three dozen illegal immigrants were found at a Watts home where police say they were being held as prisoners. Officials learned of the immigrants' captivity after Spanish-language KMEX-TV Channel 34 alerted authorities to hand-written notes stating that people were being held in the home against their will. The case underscores how mounting enforcement pressure along the U.S.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 17, 1998 | PATRICK KERKSTRA and PATRICK J. McDONNELL, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Federal authorities Tuesday charged three men with smuggling after three dozen illegal immigrants were found at a Watts home where police say they were being held as prisoners. Officials learned of the immigrants' captivity after Spanish-language KMEX-TV Channel 34 alerted authorities to hand-written notes stating that people were being held in the home against their will. The case underscores how mounting enforcement pressure along the U.S.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 10, 1996
Federal investigators arrested a U.S. Customs Service analyst and a customs house courier Friday on suspicion of helping smuggle rice sticks and other Asian foods through the San Pedro Bay ports, authorities said. Investigators arrested Denise Britt, 43, who processed shipping data to determine which freight containers customs inspectors would examine, and Joann Winfield Gillam, 52, who carried paperwork between importers or exporters and the customs house.
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November 8, 1989 | STEPHANIE CHAVEZ and RICHARD SIMON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
More fertile Mediterranean fruit flies were reported Tuesday to have been detected in the San Gabriel Valley, prompting at last two state scientists to express concern that Los Angeles County faces a full-blown infestation of the notorious pests.
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November 12, 1989 | RICH CONNELL and MICHELE FUETSCH, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Two children allegedly kidnaped by alien smugglers in an extortion attempt were found unharmed Saturday morning at a Wilmington church and two suspects were taken into custody, authorities said. Twenty-two hours after the abduction, Maria Gonzales burst into tears as she stepped from an elevator at Long Beach police headquarters into the arms of her 7-year-old daughter, Blanca, and 9-year-old son, Carlos. " Gracias.
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March 30, 1990
Deputies discovered 43 illegal immigrants crowded inside a Willowbrook residence early Thursday and arrested two men on suspicion of smuggling human beings, authorities said. Lynwood sheriff's deputies investigating a report of a disturbance in the 2500 block of East 110th Street made the discovery about 6:15 a.m., Deputy George Ducoulombier said.
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March 4, 1989 | MARITA HERNANDEZ, Times Staff Writer
An ongoing investigation into the transporting of illegal immigrants through Los Angeles International Airport has expanded to include surveillance of several "drop houses" where outbound immigrants are apparently piling up as their smugglers scramble for alternatives to deliver them to their destinations in the East, immigration officials said Friday.
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August 23, 1990 | TRACY WILKINSON and LILY DIZON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
More than 90 Salvadoran and Mexican illegal immigrants were found crammed into a small home in La Puente on Wednesday, held captive by seven men who smuggled the aliens into the United States but then refused to release them unless a ransom was paid. Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies, acting on a tip, stormed the one-story house in the 15000 block of Amar Road Wednesday afternoon and discovered the 92 aliens--among them about half a dozen children.
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September 16, 1997 | BOB POOL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The two men couldn't wiggle out of this one--not when customs agents found snakes writhing in their pantyhose. That's why a pair of wildlife collectors caught at a Texas border crossing with reptiles in their underwear pleaded guilty to smuggling Monday in Los Angeles federal court.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 10, 1996
Federal investigators arrested a U.S. Customs Service analyst and a customs house courier Friday on suspicion of helping smuggle rice sticks and other Asian foods through the San Pedro Bay ports, authorities said. Investigators arrested Denise Britt, 43, who processed shipping data to determine which freight containers customs inspectors would examine, and Joann Winfield Gillam, 52, who carried paperwork between importers or exporters and the customs house.
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March 5, 1993 | JULIE TAMAKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An arrest for shoplifting a pair of shoes from a Price Club uncovered a thief who has been shipping stolen cars from the San Fernando Valley to Russia, Burbank police said Thursday. At least one Honda stolen in the West Valley appears to have been shipped to Russia already and at least three others were found in the harbor area, sealed in crates for the sea voyage, police said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 17, 1991
Five people were arrested after they allegedly kidnaped a man they helped cross the Mexican border and held a gun on his friends to collect their smuggling fee, police said Tuesday. Alejandro Legorreta, 18, was kidnaped Monday morning by the same people who helped him, his 18-year-old wife and 18-month-old child get to Azusa from Mexico, Sgt. Mike Gurbada said.
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November 13, 1990
Sheriff's deputies detained the driver of a van and 17 illegal aliens crammed inside, authorities said Monday. The illegal immigrants were discovered Monday when Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies, acting on a tip, searched the vehicle at a gas station in the Pico Rivera area, southeast of downtown Los Angeles, said Sgt. Michael Herek. The passengers and the driver were turned over to Immigration and Naturalization Service agents, said Herek. Sgt.
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August 23, 1990 | TRACY WILKINSON and LILY DIZON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
More than 90 Salvadoran and Mexican illegal immigrants were found crammed into a small home in La Puente on Wednesday, held captive by seven men who smuggled the aliens into the United States but then refused to release them unless a ransom was paid. Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies, acting on a tip, stormed the one-story house in the 15000 block of Amar Road Wednesday afternoon and discovered the 92 aliens--among them about half a dozen children.
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March 28, 1990
Thirty-five illegal immigrants, including four women and a child, were taken into custody by U.S. immigration authorities Tuesday morning after the stolen truck they were crammed into was involved in an hit-and-run accident in Bell. The driver of the truck and another man, who were not immediately identified but were believed to be alien smugglers, were arrested after the vehicle went out of control during a police chase and overturned at Bell Avenue and Bissell Street, officers said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 13, 1990
Sheriff's deputies detained the driver of a van and 17 illegal aliens crammed inside, authorities said Monday. The illegal immigrants were discovered Monday when Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies, acting on a tip, searched the vehicle at a gas station in the Pico Rivera area, southeast of downtown Los Angeles, said Sgt. Michael Herek. The passengers and the driver were turned over to Immigration and Naturalization Service agents, said Herek. Sgt.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 30, 1990
Deputies discovered 43 illegal immigrants crowded inside a Willowbrook residence early Thursday and arrested two men on suspicion of smuggling human beings, authorities said. Lynwood sheriff's deputies investigating a report of a disturbance in the 2500 block of East 110th Street made the discovery about 6:15 a.m., Deputy George Ducoulombier said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 28, 1990
Thirty-five illegal immigrants, including four women and a child, were taken into custody by U.S. immigration authorities Tuesday morning after the stolen truck they were crammed into was involved in an hit-and-run accident in Bell. The driver of the truck and another man, who were not immediately identified but were believed to be alien smugglers, were arrested after the vehicle went out of control during a police chase and overturned at Bell Avenue and Bissell Street, officers said.
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