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April 26, 2013 | By Robert Faturechi, Los Angeles Times
A former Los Angeles County sheriff's jailer was convicted Friday on charges related to taking a $700 bribe and smuggling cocaine behind bars, prosecutors said. Remington Orr, 25, pleaded guilty to accepting a bribe and possession of a controlled substance in jail, both felonies. He allegedly had two ounces of cocaine when he was arrested at Men's Central Jail in February 2012. According to the district attorney's office, he agreed to a sentence of 2 1/2 years. In a separate case, Orr, who resigned from the department, also pleaded guilty to permitting a loaded firearm in a vehicle and driving with a suspended license.
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April 25, 2013 | By Tony Perry
Seven people have been charged with smuggling parts of an endangered species of fish into the United States to profit from a lucrative black market, federal authorities in San Diego said. The seven are charged with smuggling dried swim bladders from the endangered Totoaba macdonaldi . The bladders are prized for use in Chinese soups and can fetch up to $5,000 apiece in the United States, twice that amount in foreign markets in Asia, authorities said. Authorities have seized 529 bladders since February.
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April 19, 2013 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- A reserve deputy with the Imperial County Sheriff's Department has been arrested on suspicion of smuggling illegal immigrants into the U.S., officials said. Elizabeth Hernandez, 23, of El Centro, was arrested Wednesday after being spotted by Border Patrol agents smuggling three illegal immigrants past a checkpoint on Highway 86 near Salton City, prosecutors said. The three were in the trunk of Hernandez's personal car, according to prosecutors. She was wearing her uniform and carrying her department-issued firearm, court documents indicate.
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April 11, 2013 | By Andrew Blankstein
Prosecutors charged an attorney with half a dozen felony counts for allegedly trying to smuggle heroin into an L.A. County jail inside a greeting card. Stephen Beecher, 61, who was arrested April 9, faces counts including conspiracy, bringing drugs into jail, transportation of a controlled substance and bringing a firearm into a jail, said Jane Robison, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County district attorney's office. The Sherman Oaks resident was released on bail Thursday and scheduled to be arraigned May 1 in a downtown courtroom.
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April 5, 2013 | By Paige St. John, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO - A catalog of recent misconduct cases in California's corrections system includes allegations that prison guards groped and grappled with inmates, brought them drugs, shared their booze and solicited them for sex. The two-volume report, issued this week by the independent Office of Inspector General, chronicles 278 disciplinary cases the watchdog agency monitored from July to December 2012. The report includes numerous allegations of prison workers delivering drugs and mobile phones to inmates, having sex with them and turning a blind eye to or even arranging inmate assaults.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 27, 2013 | By Richard Winton
  A follower of Charles Manson accused of trying to smuggle a cellphone to the cult leader has a long history with Manson, officials said. Craig Carlisle Hammond, 63, goes by the name Gray Wolf, given to him by Manson. He has been a regular visitor of Manson's, the mastermind of  one of the most notorious killing sprees in U.S. history - the Tate-La Bianca murders in Los Angeles. It's unclear whether Hammond knew Manson before he went to prison. PHOTOS: The Manson murders Hammond, 63, faces charges of possession of an illegal communication device, attempting to bring a cellphone into a prison and conspiracy, said Terry Thornton, a California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation spokeswoman.
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March 27, 2013 | By Richard Winton
King County prosecutors have filed charges against a follower of Charles Manson who was arrested Sunday at Corcoran State prison on suspicion of trying to smuggle a cellphone to the convicted mass murderer. Craig Carlisle Hammond, 63, is charged with possession of an illegal communication device, prosecutors said. Hammond, a retiree, was searched and subsequently arrested at 3:35 p.m. Sunday and taken to Kings County Jail, where he was released four hours later on $30,000 bail. He is due in court next month.
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March 26, 2013 | By Richard Winton
A follower of Charles Manson is due in court next month in Central California after allegedly trying to smuggle a cellphone to the cult leader. The alleged incident occurred Sunday at Corcoran State Prison, where Manson is being held. Craig Carlisle Hammond, 63, faces charges of possession of an illegal communication device, attempting to bring a cellphone into a prison and conspiracy, said Terry Thornton, a California Department of Corrections and Rehabiltation spokeswoman.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 26, 2013 | By Richard Winton
A follower of Charles Manson has been arrested for allegedly trying to smuggle a cellphone to the cult leader at Corcoran State Prison Craig Carlisle Hammond, 63, was arrested Sunday on charges of possession of an illegal communication device, attempting to bring a cellphone into a prison and conspiracy, said Terry Thornton, a California Department of Corrections and Rehabiltation spokeswoman. Hammond, a retiree, was searched and subsequently arrested at 3:35 p.m. and taken to a King County Jail, where he was released four hours later on $30,000.
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March 7, 2013 | By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
SAN DIEGO - James O'Keefe, the conservative activist whose hidden-camera stings have been aimed at liberal targets, has agreed to pay $100,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by a former employee of the group ACORN, according to documents filed Thursday in federal court here. As part of the settlement, O'Keefe says he "regrets any pain" suffered by Juan Carlos Vera, who was interviewed by O'Keefe and an associate in ACORN's office in National City, near the U.S.-Mexico border, on Aug. 18, 2009.
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