CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 29, 2013 |
An Orange County pharmacist who admitted to wiring $2,050 to Pakistan to be used to fund terrorist activities was sentenced Friday to five years in federal prison. Oytun Ayse Mihalik, 40, a Turkish national and permanent U.S. resident, pleaded guilty in August to one count of providing material support to terrorists after sending three money orders over a month in late 2010 and early 2011. Mihalik used a false name, “Cindy Palmer,” to send the funds, according to authorities.
July 25, 1995 |
An undercover federal agent who spoke with cult leader David Koresh less than an hour before agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms launched their disastrous raid on his sect's compound near Waco, Tex., said Monday that he warned his boss that Koresh had been tipped off.
January 27, 2007
Re " 'Do you know who I am?' " editorial, Jan. 22 I fail to see the big deal in holding a badge that is only provided in return for political favors. Other than the examples of misuse you cited, what does one do with such a badge? I carried a real badge and credentials for most of the 28 years I served as a special agent for a branch of the Department of Defense, and if I wasn't on official business, both remained in my desk at the office. I suggest that if a badge is given out, it be encased in Lucite and accompanied by a suitably inscribed plaque for open display.
January 31, 1987
The body of a young, 20-foot Pacific gray whale was discovered entangled in a gill net about a quarter-mile off the Palos Verdes coast, the National Marine Fisheries Service said. "We are attempting to determine the owner of the net," said Charles Clark, a special agent for the fisheries service. Since the Pacific gray whale is an endangered species, the owner of the net could face criminal or civil sanctions, Clark said.
November 29, 1986 |
The U.S. Customs Service on Friday fined Avianca, the Colombian national airline, $4.7 million after 293 pounds of cocaine were discovered in a shipment of flowers, a Drug Enforcement Administration agent said. The drug was found Thursday in four of 2,500 cartons of roses and carnations, special agent Jack Hook said. Customs agents at Miami International Airport check flower shipments by pushing probing rods through the boxes.