March 9, 1993 |
Authorities stumbled onto a dramatic illustration Monday of the grim business of smuggling human freight: more than 100 frightened, sweaty illegal immigrants crammed tightly into a single truck. The passengers--men, women, children--were banging on the walls and shouting for air, said California Highway Patrol Officer Mary Oncale. She stopped the vehicle about 1 p.m. as it struggled up a grade on Interstate 15 near Escondido, about 30 miles northeast of San Diego.
June 20, 2000 |
Three men were sentenced to prison Monday for smuggling dozens of undocumented immigrants through the mountains of eastern San Diego County on a trek that turned deadly during a spring snowstorm last year. The men had pleaded guilty in January to immigrant smuggling that resulted in one death. Five people died and more than 50 were left stranded during the April 1999 storm.
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February 20, 1991 |
A Pomona man was sentenced to five years in federal prison Tuesday, completing the successful prosecution of a ring that smuggled undocumented immigrants from central Mexico to Southern California and held them for ransom. Moises Barraza Armenta, 20, was the last of six people to be sentenced after prosecutors used for the first time a federal hostage-taking law designed to combat international terrorism to win stiff sentences for a crime committed inside the United States.
August 17, 1990 |
A federal grand jury indicted a Carlsbad motel operator, five Los Angeles men and a Mexican national on charges of running an alien-smuggling ring that whisked about 600 people per month to Santa Ana and Los Angeles. The manager of the Travel Inn Motel, Bharat Thakkar, 28, of Carlsbad was charged with conspiring to smuggle aliens and two counts of harboring aliens, federal prosecutors said.
June 26, 1997 |
A seven-month investigation by federal and Orange County drug agents led to the arrest this week of more than a dozen people suspected of moving cocaine from Mexico through Southern California to Chicago. Authorities said the investigation involved the Orange County Regional Narcotics Suppression Program, the Internal Revenue Service, Drug Enforcement Administration and U.S. Customs.
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April 25, 1986
In the latest crackdown on drug smuggling in Southern California, police Thursday arrested seven reputed top drug dealers and confiscated 418 pounds of cocaine, with an estimated street value of $118 million. Arrested in Thursday's four raids in Walnut and Ontario were six Colombian nationals and one Nicaraguan, Los Angeles Police Sgt. Michael Celmer said.