CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 31, 1989
An expanded federal indictment was issued in Los Angeles Wednesday against three former Drug Enforcement Administration agents and two others charged with drug trafficking and money laundering. The new indictment against former DEA agents Darnell Garcia, 42, of Rancho Palos Verdes; John Jackson, 39, of Claremont, and Wayne Countryman, 45, of Walnut, and two other defendants adds more currency and customs violations to the original charges issued last October.
December 18, 1988 |
Federal prosecutors are investigating the suspected theft of more than five pounds of Asian heroin with a street value of $7.5 million from the custody of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration in Los Angeles, The Times has learned. The investigation by the U.S. attorney's office in Los Angeles into two separate suspected thefts of heroin is part of a continuing investigation into a corruption scandal that includes allegations that former DEA agents were also trafficking in cocaine.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 10, 1991 |
A former federal drug agent was sentenced Monday to five years in prison for his part in what has been called the worst corruption scandal in the history of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. Wayne Countryman, 48, had pleaded guilty to narcotics conspiracy and tax evasion and testified for the prosecution at the trial of another agent, Darnell Garcia, who has been sentenced to 80 years in prison.
July 6, 1989 |
A seven-month, international manhunt for former federal drug agent Darnell Garcia, wanted on charges of conspiring to deal cocaine and heroin and money-laundering, ended with his capture Monday in Luxembourg, authorities announced Wednesday. In a terse, written announcement late Wednesday afternoon, Chief Assistant U.S. Atty. Gary A. Feess said the 42-year-old Rancho Palos Verdes man was in custody but gave no details of the arrest.
December 20, 1988 |
Two former U.S. drug agents pleaded not guilty to tax fraud charges Monday in Los Angeles federal court as their defense lawyers and relatives mounted a counterattack against accusations that they were also involved in cocaine trafficking and other suspected crimes. John Anthony Jackson and Wayne Countryman, former Drug Enforcement Administration agents, entered their pleas before U.S. Magistrate Ralph J. Geffen, who set a Jan. 31 trial date before U.S. District Judge Terry J. Hatter.
August 10, 1990 |
A former U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court to charges that he conspired with two other agents to traffic in narcotics, including stealing drugs from the agency's evidence vault in Los Angeles and hiding drug profits in foreign bank accounts. "I actually distributed cocaine and heroin," John Jackson told U.S. District Judge Terry J. Hatter Jr. in Los Angeles. Jackson spoke clearly and without emotion. Ralph B.