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March 27, 2004 | From Times Staff Reports
Three men were arrested at a shopping center after they allegedly sold drugs and guns to police during an undercover sting, officials said Friday. Roberto Rodriquez, 31, of Santa Ana, Agustin Razo, 26, of Sacramento and Miguel Garay, 28, of Monrovia each were being held on $500,000 bail on suspicion of sale of unregistered firearms and sale of methamphetamine and marijuana, police said. Immigration officials are also holding them on no-bail warrants.
March 11, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Twelve unlicensed contractors were indicted after an undercover sting operation in which local officials posed as victims of October's wildfires in San Diego County. The contractors solicited work at a house ravaged by the Cedar fire, according to San Diego Dist. Atty. Bonnie Dumanis and California Insurance Commissioner John Garamendi. The indictments were handed down Friday. The Disaster Fraud Management Team posed as homeowners in need of fire repair over a two-day period in February.
March 10, 2004 | David Haldane, Times Staff Writer
A Santa Ana woman has been arrested on suspicion of practicing medicine without a license after diagnosing and treating an undercover investigator posing as a patient, authorities said Tuesday. Maria Genoveva Torres, 58, was taken into custody by Santa Ana police at a residence in the 800 block of Halladay Street and booked into Orange County Jail, where bail was set at $20,000, said Candis Cohen, spokeswoman for the Medical Board of California.
February 14, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Teenage decoys will be used to snare bar and liquor store owners selling alcohol to minors in the Isla Vista college community. The Sheriff's Department's Isla Vista Foot Patrol plans to start using the 19-year-olds this month, as part of an intensifying campaign to prevent underage drinking. It's the first time decoys have been used in about a decade. Rather than handing out citations, Lt.
September 19, 2003 | Andrew Blankstein and Monte Morin, Times Staff Writers
An El Segundo man who offered to kill Kobe Bryant's accuser for $3 million was arrested early Thursday in a sting operation after he accepted a satchel of movie prop money from undercover officers, authorities said. Patrick Gruber, a 31-year-old Swiss national who boasted of ties to the Russian Mafia, allegedly wrote to the Lakers' basketball star and offered to "solve" Bryant's "current problem" for a price, said Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca.
August 29, 2003 | Matt Lait and Scott Glover, Times Staff Writers
Undercover LAPD officers posing as citizens trying to report police misconduct were routinely dismissed or stonewalled by fellow officers in a series of stings, according to the federal monitor overseeing reforms after the Rampart corruption scandal. The monitor said in a report -- released this month and now on the LAPD's Web site -- that the officers' failure to properly handle complaints was "outrageous and discouraging."
July 25, 2003 | Christine Hanley, Times Staff Writer
Undercover agents caught two Orange County men trying to illegally export aerospace parts and other military technology to China, including components for fighter jets, attack helicopters and surface-to-air missiles, according to a federal indictment unsealed Thursday. Amanullah Khan, 54, was already in custody in Santa Ana on an unrelated parole violation when he was arrested Wednesday.
June 30, 2003 | From Times Wire Services
State and federal wildlife officials seized hundreds of rare and endangered turtles and snakes in raids aimed at breaking up one of the nation's largest suspected networks of illegal reptile and amphibian sales. The morning raids in Ohio, Indiana and Michigan followed a two-year investigation by the states' departments of natural resources and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, officials said.
May 14, 2003 | Patrick McGreevy, Times Staff Writer
Launching a sting operation against the growing crime of immigration fraud, City Atty. Rocky Delgadillo announced Tuesday that he has filed criminal cases against 18 immigration consultants for crimes including misrepresenting themselves as attorneys. During its initial five-month investigation the immigration fraud strike force targeted consultants in Pico-Union who specialize in assisting people from Spanish-speaking countries, including Mexico and El Salvador.
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