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November 5, 2002 | From Times Staff Reports
A Tarzana criminal defense attorney was sentenced Monday to 30 months in federal prison as part of a criminal investigation into the illegal smuggling of Ukrainian nationals into the United States. Alex Van Kovn pleaded guilty to witness tampering, harboring an undocumented alien and making false statements, said his attorney, Alex R. Kessel of Encino.
August 7, 2003 | From Reuters
The World Health Organization said there was compelling evidence that tobacco firms played a compliant role in global cigarette smuggling and that governments must hold them accountable. In a report focusing on the trade in Iran and Iraq, the agency said smuggling allows multinational tobacco firms to sidestep trade restrictions while fueling consumption and pressuring governments to cut taxes.
September 9, 2008 | Tony Perry
Four members of a Fallbrook family were charged in federal court Monday with operating what investigators called one of the longest-running illegal immigrant smuggling rings. Maria Del Carmen Alvarez, Indalecio Alvarez-Montoya, Juan Alvarez and Patricia Marquez were charged with smuggling immigrants through the San Ysidro border crossing with phony documents and in some cases hiding them in the trunks of vehicles. Prosecutors said the ring had operated since at least 1996. Among the charges are filing false income statements and charging smuggling fees to the immigrants' "sponsors" in the United States.
October 21, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
A U.S. Border Patrol agent from Yuma pleaded guilty in federal court in Phoenix in the smuggling of an illegal immigrant into the country while on duty. Victor Manuel Santiago, who has been with the agency for three years, was accused of smuggling, transporting and harboring a woman from Mexico. Authorities said Santiago, 35, met the woman at a remote area of the border and brought her into the country to live with him in Yuma.
November 27, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Two Brazilians were being held Saturday on suspicion of smuggling three people into the country and then holding them for ransom, authorities said. Police arrested Reynaldo Eid, 46, and Alaor Oliveira, 51, Thursday at the Hacienda Travelodge on Newport Boulevard, where they were allegedly holding two women and a child from Brazil. A friend of a relative of at least one alleged victim called police, officials said. The three were not identified.
May 9, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
A Nicaraguan woman was found guilty on charges of running a smuggling ring that helped thousands of illegal South American migrants pass through Nicaragua and on to the United States. Enma Urania Laguna Maldonado, 38, and two other Nicaraguans, Denis Eladio Diaz Arauz and Rene Montenegro Blandon, were convicted in Chinandega, 60 miles west of Managua, the capital. Each could face at least eight years in prison.
February 11, 1995 | CHARLES V. ZEHREN, NEWSDAY
Spurred by the tragedy of the Golden Venture ship and determined to combat the transport of human cargo in the future, the House of Representatives on Friday passed legislation to raise penalties for smuggling immigrants into the United States. The measure applies the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations, or RICO, Act to those caught illegally transporting foreigners.
March 1, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
The first person convicted under a law that bars aid to terrorists was sentenced to 155 years in prison for leading a cigarette smuggling ring that funneled profits to the Lebanese group Hezbollah. Mohamad Hammoud, 29, masterminded a scheme to bring cigarettes from North Carolina, where low taxes keep down prices, to Michigan for resale. In June, he was found guilty of sending $3,500 to Hezbollah.
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