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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 21, 1992
A reputed kingpin of one of Los Angeles' most notorious Crips factions was sentenced Monday to 23 years in prison for trying to rob an undercover sheriff's deputy of 33 pounds of cocaine. Eugene Henley, 26, known as "Big U," was arrested last December in a sting operation after he and a friend, Eddie J. Wagner, tried to rob an undercover officer who they apparently believed was a drug dealer, said Deputy Dist. Atty. Dan Feldstern.
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October 1, 1990 | BOB DROGIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After 4 1/2 years as U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration chief here, Andy Fenrich figured that Operation King Cobra was bound to be a classic. Two Philippine businessmen wanted to sell 22 pounds of high-grade heroin. Unknown to them, the buyer was an undercover DEA agent backed by elite Philippine police. As hidden video cameras rolled and tape recorders whirred, the date and price was set for one of the biggest Philippine drug stings--called a "buy-and-bust" here--ever.
NEWS
September 4, 1987
Inglewood police went into the cocaine business again, arresting 23 of their customers. Lt. Larry Carter said officers first raided a "rock" house in the 900 block of N. Eucalyptus Avenue, booking three occupants on suspicion of possessing cocaine for sale. Then, as they had done seven times previously, officers waited on patrons--and arrested them. Carter said 160 people have been taken into custody in the eight sting operations. "Without buyers, there can be no sellers," Carter said.
NEWS
April 13, 1993 | MARTIN BOOE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
It's not easy being a Kentucky state legislator these days. There are too many jokes going around and they are depressing at best, insulting at worst. "People stop you on the street and say things like, 'Hey, I've got four hundred bucks--I can buy the Legislature for that, can't I?' " longtime state Sen. Hank Hancock complains. "It gets pretty hard to listen to." The taunts stem from an ongoing FBI investigation known as Operation BOPTROT.
NEWS
December 6, 1992 | from Reuters
U.S. and state law enforcement officials Saturday arrested six big-game guides and outfitters charged with illegally taking wildlife, including protected grizzly bears and wolves, in one of Alaska's largest sting operations ever. The arrests came amid national outrage over a plan by Alaska's game managers to use airborne hunters to shoot hundreds of wolves for the purpose of boosting caribou and moose populations in certain areas. The U.S.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 4, 1994 | CHIP JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy who had been under surveillance for about a month was arrested when he tried to purchase a kilogram of cocaine from an undercover officer on a downtown street, authorities said Thursday. William Barr, 25, a 4 1/2-year veteran of the department, was arrested about 2:15 p.m. Wednesday near Alameda and Macy streets, said Deputy Larry Mead, a Sheriff's Department spokesman.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 1, 1996 | ERIC SLATER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
There is no training manual for rookie cops sent back to high school as undercover narcs. But the really important rules can be learned more quickly than algebra. * Whenever possible, address authority figures as "dude." * Speak frequently about the band Rancid and how incredibly hard they rock.
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June 16, 1991 | PATT MORRISON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A prospective juror gazing out of this town's only federal courtroom might have seen, framed in a single fanlight window, the snapshot symbolism of what the Earth First! environmental movement has been about: a live oak tree and an electric pole, almost side by side. Ten years and barely 170 miles from where Earth First! announced its arrival in 1981, unfurling a 100-yard black plastic streamer down the face of Glen Canyon Dam to look like a deep crack, four Earth First!
NEWS
October 22, 1994 | KEVIN JOHNSON and LEE ROMNEY, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Most of the drug users arrested by Santa Ana police officers dealing county-made crack cocaine are not sent to jail even though the controversial stings are intended to make small-time buyers eligible for harsher punishments, authorities said Friday. Deputy Dist. Atty. Carl Armbrust acknowledged that a majority of the 350 people arrested during the past 18 months were first-time buyers and were assigned to drug diversion programs instead of receiving jail or prison terms.
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