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March 2, 1996 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Chip Sting Arrest May Aid Irvine Probe: An FBI sting operation that led to the arrests over the last three days of 43 suspects in connection with computer chip theft in Northern California has also produced information that could help solve a $9.9-million heist in Irvine last May, officials said.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 8, 2001 | STUART PFEIFER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The state Supreme Court has refused to consider an appeal by several suspects arrested in a Santa Ana police undercover sting that targeted public sex acts by gay men, attorneys said Wednesday. The Supreme Court's decision sets the stage for a series of trials for men accused of soliciting sex from undercover officers at Santiago Park. Police said they conducted the operation last year in response to long-standing complaints from residents in the north Santa Ana neighborhood.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 2, 1997 | DAVAN MAHARAJ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In Room 1516 of the Irvine Marriott, an unusual drug deal was taking place: 110 pounds of cocaine were being swapped for valuable artwork, including 10 Renoirs, two Dalis and a Matisse. Moments after the alleged art-for-coke exchange, the supposed drug sellers drew their guns, announced that they were federal agents and arrested two San Diego men, Raymond E. Torrez and Jose Becerra Uribe. Both were later charged with attempted cocaine trafficking.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 5, 2000 | HUGO MARTIN and JENNIFER MENA, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The illegal drugs were stashed under a counter near the cash register in a cramped meat market in Cypress Park, police said. The undercover officer didn't speak a secret code word. He simply said he needed something for a cold. According to police, the man behind the counter then handed the officer a few tablets of ampicillin, an antibiotic that by law can be prescribed only by a doctor.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 8, 2001 | STUART PFEIFER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The state Supreme Court has refused to consider an appeal by several suspects arrested in a Santa Ana police undercover sting that targeted public sex acts by gay men, attorneys said Wednesday. The Supreme Court's decision sets the stage for a series of trials for men accused of soliciting sex from undercover officers at Santiago Park. Police said they conducted the operation last year in response to long-standing complaints from residents in the north Santa Ana neighborhood.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 14, 1996 | LEE ROMNEY
Police conducted a sting operation this week to catch stores in Brea and neighboring cities selling alcohol to minors, police said. Eight stores were cited during the decoy sting Wednesday, which targeted 51 stores in Brea, La Habra, Placentia and Yorba Linda, police said. Brea police worked with officers from La Habra and Placentia to target the stores, because Brea youths detained by police have said they often leave the city in search of clerks who do not know them.
NEWS
April 16, 1996 | LEE ROMNEY and DAVAN MAHARAJ, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
In what was said to be the largest crackdown yet on methamphetamine cooks in California, authorities Monday began arresting people from San Diego to Stanislaus County, wrapping up an Orange-based sting operation in which agents sold $1.5 million worth of chemicals used to make the drug. By day's end, about 200 law enforcement officials, who fanned out at dawn across the state, had arrested 25 people. Authorities said they plan to take another 25 suspects into custody this week.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 22, 1996
Huntington Beach police teamed up with those in Placentia and arrested 10 people for trying to buy cocaine Friday night in a reverse sting operation aimed at cleaning up the Koledo Park area. The apartments in the neighborhood near Beach Boulevard and Slater Avenue have been a troublesome source of drug dealing, say Huntington Beach police. Undercover officers sold a cocaine substitute at the apartments from nightfall Friday until about 1:30 a.m. Saturday, police said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 5, 2000 | HUGO MARTIN and JENNIFER MENA, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The illegal drugs were stashed under a counter near the cash register in a cramped meat market in Cypress Park, police said. The undercover officer didn't speak a secret code word. He simply said he needed something for a cold. According to police, the man behind the counter then handed the officer a few tablets of ampicillin, an antibiotic that by law can be prescribed only by a doctor.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 5, 2000 | H.G. REZA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jeffrey Jhyfang Lo still has faith in his adopted country. But after he was arrested by the FBI in a sting operation, jailed for more than two months and stripped of his possessions, his faith in its government has been sorely tested. Lo, who runs an import-export business out of a cramped Cypress apartment, was found innocent late last week of charges that he tried to smuggle a high-tech camera to China, where it could have been used by the military.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 5, 2000 | H.G. REZA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jeffrey Jhyfang Lo still has faith in his adopted country. But after he was arrested by the FBI in a sting operation, jailed for more than two months and stripped of his possessions, his faith in its government has been sorely tested. Lo, who runs an import-export business out of a cramped Cypress apartment, was found innocent late last week of charges that he tried to smuggle a high-tech camera to China, where it could have been used by the military.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 5, 2000 | H.G. REZA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Despite a nightmarish experience in which he was snared by the FBI, jailed for more than two months and stripped of his possessions, Jeffrey Jhyfang Lo still has faith in his adopted country. But his faith in its government has been sorely tested. Lo, who runs an import-export business out of a cramped Cypress apartment, was found not guilty late last week of charges that he attempted to smuggle a high-tech camera to China, where it could have been used by the military. A U.S.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 2, 1997 | DAVAN MAHARAJ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In Room 1516 of the Irvine Marriott, an unusual drug deal was taking place: 110 pounds of cocaine were being swapped for valuable artwork, including 10 Renoirs, two Dalis and a Matisse. Moments after the alleged art-for-coke exchange, the supposed drug sellers drew their guns, announced that they were federal agents and arrested two San Diego men, Raymond E. Torrez and Jose Becerra Uribe. Both were later charged with attempted cocaine trafficking.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 22, 1996
Huntington Beach police teamed up with those in Placentia and arrested 10 people for trying to buy cocaine Friday night in a reverse sting operation aimed at cleaning up the Koledo Park area. The apartments in the neighborhood near Beach Boulevard and Slater Avenue have been a troublesome source of drug dealing, say Huntington Beach police. Undercover officers sold a cocaine substitute at the apartments from nightfall Friday until about 1:30 a.m. Saturday, police said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 14, 1996 | LEE ROMNEY
Police conducted a sting operation this week to catch stores in Brea and neighboring cities selling alcohol to minors, police said. Eight stores were cited during the decoy sting Wednesday, which targeted 51 stores in Brea, La Habra, Placentia and Yorba Linda, police said. Brea police worked with officers from La Habra and Placentia to target the stores, because Brea youths detained by police have said they often leave the city in search of clerks who do not know them.
NEWS
April 16, 1996 | LEE ROMNEY and DAVAN MAHARAJ, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
In what was said to be the largest crackdown yet on methamphetamine cooks in California, authorities Monday began arresting people from San Diego to Stanislaus County, wrapping up an Orange-based sting operation in which agents sold $1.5 million worth of chemicals used to make the drug. By day's end, about 200 law enforcement officials, who fanned out at dawn across the state, had arrested 25 people. Authorities said they plan to take another 25 suspects into custody this week.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 5, 2000 | H.G. REZA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Despite a nightmarish experience in which he was snared by the FBI, jailed for more than two months and stripped of his possessions, Jeffrey Jhyfang Lo still has faith in his adopted country. But his faith in its government has been sorely tested. Lo, who runs an import-export business out of a cramped Cypress apartment, was found not guilty late last week of charges that he attempted to smuggle a high-tech camera to China, where it could have been used by the military. A U.S.
BUSINESS
March 2, 1996 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Chip Sting Arrest May Aid Irvine Probe: An FBI sting operation that led to the arrests over the last three days of 43 suspects in connection with computer chip theft in Northern California has also produced information that could help solve a $9.9-million heist in Irvine last May, officials said.
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