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December 26, 1996 | JESSE KATZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Like generations of smugglers along the Rio Grande, the gray-haired man with the droopy right eye specializes in exploiting the laws of supply and demand. As he prepared to slip a 20-kilo load across the U.S.-Mexico border, molding it into a tight wad with packing tape, he rationalized his illicit trade as an act of desperation, the sort of thing decent people turn to when poverty and unemployment cut their options short.
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November 26, 2013 | By Richard A. Serrano
WASHINGTON - A firearms dealer convicted during the fallout from the government's failed Fast and Furious gun-tracking program may soon be set free after winning a court battle for a new sentencing hearing. A federal magistrate has ruled that Ian Garland deserves a new hearing because of errors made when a judge initially sent him to prison for five years. Prosecutors, while acknowledging mistakes, plan to oppose early release for Garland. They hope to present new evidence at the Dec. 13 hearing that he knew many of the 190 firearms he sold to city officials in Columbus, N.M., were being smuggled into Mexico.
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May 4, 2001 | JOSH MEYER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Federal authorities arrested 11 women and men Thursday on suspicion of running a sophisticated human-smuggling operation that funneled hundreds of people from Ukraine into the United States and forced some into prostitution. For at least the past two years, men, women and children were recruited in the capital city of Kiev, provided with valid Mexican visas and flown to Mexico, where they were transported to a villa just south of Tijuana, authorities said.
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July 12, 2013 | By Cindy Carcamo
NOGALES, Ariz. - Gun runners once were so nonchalant about driving into Mexico that one smuggler stashed a .50-caliber rifle on the top of the engine block of a sedan, the weapon visible to anyone who bothered to pop the hood. It was 2010 and word hadn't yet spread that U.S. officials were beefing up outbound inspections, searching for guns that were fueling Mexico's raging drug war. Border agents confiscated the rifle and hundreds of other weapons and ammunition during the first few years of stepped-up enforcement along the southwestern border, federal data show.
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February 8, 1992 | LEE MAY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Federal immigration officials Friday announced that a Georgia peach firm has been fined $1.1 million for knowingly hiring illegal immigrants, the largest such penalty ever levied against a U.S. employer. Lane Packing Co., one of the state's largest peach harvesters and packagers, hired undocumented Mexican workers who were smuggled into the country as part of an unusual, massive ring, officials of the Immigration and Naturalization Service said.
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May 24, 1996 | MARK FINEMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The 89 migrants aboard Pacific Transport Bus 148 were almost home free. Cruising along Highway 2 just a few miles from the spot where California, Arizona and Mexico meet, they were nearing the end of a costly, arduous journey that had begun weeks--or months--before. Eighty of them had started out in El Salvador, six in the Dominican Republic, and three halfway around the world in India. Their destination: Tijuana, and an illegal crossing into Southern California. The price: $700 to $1,500 each.
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April 29, 1993 | SEBASTIAN ROTELLA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The toll of their grueling odyssey still etched on their faces, dozens of Chinese immigrants emerged into the sunshine Wednesday to take stock of their temporary home--the Ensenada city jail. They were among more than 306 illegal immigrants, apparently from mainland China, found by Mexican police on Monday crammed in a safehouse on the outskirts of this Baja California port city about an hour's drive from the U.S.-Mexico border.
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May 24, 1991 | EDWARD J. BOYER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An El Toro man pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court to smuggling toxic waste from Los Angeles County to Mexico for illegal dumping, prosecutors said. U.S. Atty. Lourdes Baird said prosecution of Raymond Franco, 58, represents the first federal indictment and conviction under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, an environmental statute that prohibits unlawful transportation and disposal of hazardous waste.
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January 26, 1992
Two suspected illegal immigrants were captured after leading Border Patrol agents on a 73-mile chase from Temecula in Riverside County through Orange County and into La Mirada, authorities said Saturday. The one-hour pursuit ended at 10:05 p.m. Friday when the 23-year-old driver and his 16-year-old passenger drove into a cul-de-sac in La Mirada, said Steve Kean, spokesman for the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service in San Clemente.
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February 16, 1989 | GEORGE SKELTON, Times Sacramento Bureau Chief
With much fanfare, Gov. George Deukmejian opened a state trade office here Wednesday in hopes of finding new Mexican markets for California products. But everywhere he went he was hounded by bitter controversy about "the ditch." Deukmejian repeatedly pleaded ignorance, insisting that he was not in any way involved in the U.S. government's plan to dig a ditch 4 miles long, 14 feet wide and 5 feet deep at the border near San Diego.
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June 20, 2009 | Josh Meyer
A government audit of U.S. efforts to stop arms trafficking to Mexico was criticized Friday by a Republican lawmaker who said its conclusion that smuggled weapons from America were fueling the rise of violent Mexican drug cartels was based on incomplete data. The report, released Thursday by the Government Accountability Office, said that the United States lacked a coordinated strategy to stem the flow of smuggled weapons.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 13, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
More than two dozen puppies were seized from a motorist trying to smuggle them from Mexico, officials said Wednesday. Many of the 28 animals were infested with parasites, dehydrated and too weak to stand, said a San Diego County Department of Animal Services spokeswoman. The puppies, ages 3 to 6 weeks, included Chihuahuas, boxers, cocker spaniels and poodle mixes. After two weeks of monitoring, they will be placed in shelters for adoption.
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May 4, 2001 | JOSH MEYER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Federal authorities arrested 11 women and men Thursday on suspicion of running a sophisticated human-smuggling operation that funneled hundreds of people from Ukraine into the United States and forced some into prostitution. For at least the past two years, men, women and children were recruited in the capital city of Kiev, provided with valid Mexican visas and flown to Mexico, where they were transported to a villa just south of Tijuana, authorities said.
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January 3, 2001 | From Associated Press
Mexican authorities have arrested a couple from Oregon on charges of taking handguns into the country. Kevin John Faill, 22, and his wife, Marcie Mears, 18, made their initial appearance in court Tuesday. They were being held without bail in a municipal jail in downtown Tijuana.
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April 14, 2000 | From Associated Press
Two people were found dead after authorities opened two sealed train cars packed with illegal workers hoping to reach the United States. Five others died soon afterward. The two cars carried 200 people, officials said. Forty-six people were hospitalized, but most were released. The migrants, who had left Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala in search of work, were discovered Wednesday while en route through Mexico.
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April 6, 1999 | From Associated Press
Three Mexican nationals were charged Monday in connection with their role in leading a group of illegal immigrants on a deadly trek through a snowstorm in the mountains of eastern San Diego County. Jesus Rodriguez Cruz, Carlos Javier Gutierrez Sanchez and Luis Alberto Meza Rosario were charged in federal court with one count each of felony immigrant smuggling.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 21, 1988 | STEPHEN BRAUN and ERIC MALNIC, Times Staff Writers
Immigration agents and El Monte police broke up what one official described as a "brokerage for humans" Wednesday, taking into custody 86 illegal aliens from Mexico who had been locked in a small house and a van by smugglers. Federal immigration officials said that some of the aliens had not eaten in at least two days but appeared to be in fair physical condition. "They were tired and hungry and allegedly hadn't eaten in two days," said William J.
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July 9, 1990 | CHARISSE JONES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A couple allegedly kidnaped two children on a Los Angeles street corner Sunday when their mother failed to come up with the money she owed them for smuggling the two across the Mexican border, police said. Officers said the unidentified man and woman snatched 9-year-old Nasario Morales and his 11-year-old sister, Maria, at about 10:30 a.m. from the corner of 23rd and Los Angeles streets.
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March 14, 1999 | GREG HERNANDEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The U.S. Coast Guard seized a fishing boat carrying 16 suspected illegal immigrants Saturday off the coast of Newport Beach, ending what officials call a rare attempt to smuggle people into California by boat from Mexico. "I've never seen one here like this," said Coast Guard Chief Warrant Officer Jerry Snyder, who is stationed in Newport Beach. "It's absolutely rare for [suspected illegal immigrants] to come up here like this." The boat was spotted about 1:30 p.m.
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August 23, 1998 | JAMES F. SMITH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Lawyers won a federal court order Saturday delaying the transfer of an Orange County ship captain from his hospital bed to a prison, and they expressed growing confidence that their intense legal campaign could win the man's freedom within a few weeks.
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