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March 15, 1997 | ANNE-MARIE O'CONNOR and JEFF LEEDS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
U.S. border agents have seized two truckloads of military assault rifles and grenade launchers that were mysteriously smuggled into this country through the Port of Long Beach and were addressed to Mexico City, officials said. The Mexican consulate said diplomats have been told the ship with the contraband arms came from Asia. But U.S. officials declined to reveal the origin of the shipments, which contained thousands of parts of disassembled weapons, or what ship brought them to Long Beach.
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October 2, 2001 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A Hollywood businessman pleaded guilty Monday to smuggling 180 pounds of contraband African ivory tusks in a shipment of chairs from Nigeria. Ebrima Marigo, 36, faces 15 to 21 months in prison when he is sentenced in January by U.S. District Judge Robert M. Takasugi. Assistant U.S. Atty. William Carter said customs inspectors at Los Angeles International Airport had the chairs X-rayed on a hunch that they might contain cocaine.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 9, 1989 | STEPHEN BRAUN, Times Staff Writer
A raid by federal agents on a South-Central Los Angeles "drop house" led to the arrests of four principals in a major smuggling operation suspected of transporting hundreds of illegal aliens by air to New York, Chicago and Miami in recent weeks, immigration officials said Wednesday.
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August 4, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Two Cuban nationals were charged with trying to smuggle 26 illegal immigrants into the United States in a speedboat that capsized, killing six. Osvaldo Fernandez Marrero and Roberto Montero Dominguez, both of Miami-Dade County, were charged after investigators interviewed them and 20 survivors pulled from rough seas early Wednesday south of Key West. Three adults and three children died, but only one body was found.
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March 1, 1989 | LEE MAY, Times Staff Writer
The sweeping arrests this week of suspected illegal immigrants in Atlanta and Los Angeles represent a stepped-up government effort to stem the growing incidence of alien-smuggling, federal officials said Tuesday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 27, 1997 | DAVID G. SAVAGE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Cash may have gone out of style as the currency of choice, but can the government confiscate your money simply because you are carrying too much of it? For the 41-year-old owner of two Hollywood service stations, the answer so far has been "yes." On June 9, 1994, Hosep Bajakajian and his wife went to Los Angeles International Airport to board a flight to his native Syria. In their suitcases and carry-on bags, they had packed $357,144 in cash, which he said was intended to pay off family debts.
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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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April 12, 1994 | From A Times Staff Writer
Two Coast Guard cutters Monday were pursuing a 180-foot vessel suspected of carrying an undetermined number of illegal Chinese immigrants in waters 240 miles west-southwest of the international border, federal officials said. Representatives of the Coast Guard and the Immigration and Naturalization Service were unable to identify the origin or flag of the vessel, named Jin Yinn 1, which was spotted Saturday by a C-130 aircraft on routine patrol, Coast Guard spokesman Trent Jones said.
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February 8, 1995 | CRAIG TURNER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The battle exploded onto the placid streets of suburban North York when metropolitan police here tried to question a 23-year-old man near an after-hours nightclub. The suspect pointed a pistol out of his car window and emptied it at pursuing officers. Then he pulled out a second gun and fired again. None of the officers was hurt. But the incident was seen here by many as evidence of the escalating level of criminal violence in Canada's cities.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 27, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Eleven people have been charged in four separate plant-smuggling schemes worth more than $840,000, according to the U.S. attorney's office. Arrested were suspects from Australia, South Africa, Mexico and Hong Kong. Some are accused of sending $542,000 worth of protected cycads to the United States from South Africa, Australia and Zimbabwe. Others allegedly used invalid permits to send $300,000 worth of cycads from South Africa.
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December 21, 2000 | TONY PERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A federal grand jury has indicted two Iranians and a Malaysian in an alleged plot to smuggle aircraft parts out of the United States to keep Iran's aging fleet of F-14 Tomcat warplanes flying. An indictment unsealed this week accuses the three of using a warehouse in Bakersfield to store the parts before shipment to London.
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September 21, 2000 | From Associated Press
A Harvard-educated lawyer, head of one of the nation's largest immigration asylum firms, and seven others were charged Wednesday with helping smugglers sneak scores of Chinese into the country. Porges, a Manhattan law firm, earned more than $13 million illicitly over the last seven years as it forged a relationship with Chinese smugglers, federal prosecutors alleged.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 29, 2000
A lawyer pleaded guilty in federal court Monday to conspiring with a senior U.S. Customs agent and two other men to smuggle 15,000 counterfeit Microsoft programs into the United States from Hong Kong. Lawrence S. Boyle, 53, of Westminster, reached a plea agreement with prosecutors that was filed under seal. Boyle's attorney declined to say whether it calls for him to testify against the other defendants. U.S. District Judge Lourdes Baird ordered Boyle to return for sentencing Nov.
NEWS
August 10, 2000 | MYRON LEVIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Top cigarette makers, already engulfed in lawsuits over the health effects of smoking, are now facing a surge of legal attacks involving their role in cigarette smuggling, a global problem that experts say cheats governments out of tax revenues and promotes smoking by keeping supplies of cheap cigarettes on the market.
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July 28, 2000 | KEN ELLINGWOOD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Mexican national who tried to fend off immigrant-smuggling charges by arguing that U.S. Border Patrol agents humiliated him during booking has been deported after quietly pleading guilty. Lawyers for Jesus Ibarra Chavez, 23, sought to have the federal charges dropped by arguing that agents violated his rights by making him pose for a booking photograph holding a sign that read, "I Support Our Border Patrol."
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September 7, 1997 | ANNE-MARIE O'CONNOR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The sweetest forbidden fruit at the border nowadays is not white, powdery or from Colombia. And it may not seem like the biggest threat to the Western world. But U.S. Customs Service officials are all fired up about a recent surge of the smuggling of Cuban cigars into San Diego.
NEWS
April 7, 1996 | JESSE KATZ and TONY PERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Public enemy No. 1 in the eyes of the Border Patrol. Crafty, nocturnal, predatory, a lifeline to the desperate, a smuggler of illegal immigrants. Coyote. Two bloody incidents in the span of a week--the videotaped beating of two suspected illegal immigrants Monday in South El Monte and the deaths of seven suspected illegal immigrants Saturday morning near Temecula--have thrust the illicit but thriving business of immigrant smuggling into the public spotlight.
NEWS
July 25, 2000 | From Associated Press
A former Immigration and Naturalization Service inspector was sentenced Monday to five years in prison for smuggling illegal immigrants from Mexico into the United States. Keith Manuel Johnson, 39, could have received up to 15 years for his conviction on one count of conspiracy and three counts of immigrant smuggling. U.S. District Judge Napoleon Jones rejected Johnson's request for a new trial or dismissal of the charges for lack of evidence. Johnson was convicted by a jury in April.
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