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August 3, 1988 | Associated Press
A Lutheran minister and a free-lance journalist were acquitted Tuesday of smuggling two pregnant Salvadoran women into the United States. A jury deliberated 4 1/2 hours over two days before acquitting the Rev. Glen Remer-Thamert and Demetria Martinez on all counts in what the defense billed as New Mexico's first sanctuary case. The sanctuary movement is a grass-roots effort that has been working since 1980 to aid refugees from Central America.
July 3, 2013 | By Tony Perry
An ex-Customs and Border Protection officer was sentenced Wednesday to 12 years in prison after being convicted of conspiring to smuggle cocaine and methamphetamine into the U.S. Oscar Ortiz-Martinez, 33, who worked at the Calexico port of entry, was convicted of accepting $22,000 in bribes and attempting to collect $30,000 - all from someone he believed was a drug cartel operative. Instead, the person was an undercover federal agent, prosecutors said. Victor Silva, 33, a co-defendant, pleaded guilty and testified against Ortiz during the trial in San Diego federal court.
South Africa is accustomed to inconvenience. Decades of isolation in sports and business have made resourcefulness a necessity. In sports, the boycotts and bans have also engendered a sophisticated level of cheating among some sportsmen, those who have learned to use subterfuge to get what the world would deny them. They use bribery and corruption. They buy passports, change names and blur identities. It is no great surprise that money greases the wheels of this international intrigue.
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.
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.
January 17, 2010 | By Tony Perry and Patrick J. McDonnell
A boat packed with suspected illegal immigrants capsized early Saturday in the surf off a state beach in San Diego, leaving one migrant dead and triggering a search-and-rescue effort that lasted throughout the day, authorities said. The incident illustrates an uptick in maritime smuggling along the U.S.-Mexico border as smugglers respond to a buildup of forces and barriers at the land boundary separating San Diego from Baja California. Six people from the capsized vessel were rushed to area hospitals, but one died en route, said Jackie Dizdul, a spokeswoman for U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
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