The California Court of Appeal appears to have just handed a major victory to medical marijuana dispensaries that follow state law. Until now, dispensary operators targeted by police have faced the prospect of trying to defend themselves in court without being allowed to argue a so-called affirmati ... More >>
Remember how $330,000 worth of methamphetamine was just found at the San Clemente border checkpoint on Aug. 6? Perhaps it was part of a great big drug convoy because two busts at the same border stop last week uncovered more than a half-million dollars worth of meth, marijuana and cocaine, according ... More >>
Was anyone out there expecting a delivery of 30 pounds of methamphetamine from a 24-year-old fellow who is a citizen of the United States? It's not coming, advises the U.S. Border Patrol.
Have Santa Barbara police nabbed Orange County's Heisenberg? Or would it be more accurate to allege David Vieyra is our Gus Fring?
Santa Ana residents are helping to wage a secret war against one of Mexico's most ruthless drug cartels—and they're winning
The son of one of the former Real Housewives of Orange County has reportedly gotten into trouble with the law again. Josh Waring, the son of Lauri Waring, was apparently popped Oct. 10 for felony grand theft auto involving a 2005 Cadillac that was not his. But wait, there's more, because there's ... More >>
Two more burglars in that rash of thefts from Orange County churches, temples and other religious facilities pleaded guilty and were sentenced to a year in jail each. Robert Lee Dennis, 45, of Santa Ana, and Fernando Flores, 21, of Garden Grove, received the same jail time as Daniel Ruben Cortes, 2 ... More >>
An undercover Drug Enforcement Adminstration (DEA) operation investigating a conspiracy to annually import from Mexico more than 75 kilograms of cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin into Southern California has resulted in a severe punishment for one of the drug dealers. In pre-sentencing maneuverin ... More >>
A guy who looks as if he could have been sampling his product and his wife (not so much) were arrested in April by Irvine Police and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents for allegedly making and distributing steroids illegally.But bodybuilder Carlos Hernandez, 27, and Roxanne Hernandez, 3 ... More >>
A federal law-enforcement investigation into a Canada-based narcotics-and-money-laundering network operating in Southern California has resulted in the loss of freedom for a 33-year-old man who participated in a South Coast Plaza-area deal for 37 kilograms of cocaine. Unbeknownst to Jun Jie Zhang, ... More >>
The Southern California Drug Task Force assigned to a Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) designated "High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area" has busted a large scale drug distribution ring selling the party drug Ecstasy out of a Little Saigon apartment complex.According to a federal grand jury indi ... More >>
How the SoCal transplant became a best-selling author by delving into Laguna Beach's legends
Does methamphetamine now come in 22-lbs. bundles?On Wednesday, two Orange County men were among five people arrested in Kern County after authorities seized about 22 pounds of crystal methamphetamine.That's the same amount of the drug Border Patrol dogs sniffed out of a minivan at the San Clemente c ... More >>
UPDATE, MAY 2, 10:23 A.M.: The trail from the body of Luis Arreola, who died in an emergency room after being found with gunshot wounds outside apartments in Anaheim April 25, led investigators to alleged meth dealers and an apparent plot to steal drugs from them. Six suspects from Anaheim, Commerce ... More >>
Approaching a green Chevrolet Z71 that had just been pulled over for unsafe lane movement on an Indiana toll road Monday night, a state trooper says he noticed a tarp inside the vehicle had shifted to expose what to his eyes appeared to be a bundle of marijuana. By the time the stop was over, 64- ... More >>
Mark Moen, the former owner and operator of Lake Forest's 215 Agenda medical marijuana dispensary, has pleaded guilty to 73 counts of money laundering, four counts of selling marijuana, two counts of possessing it with the intent to sell, and one count of possessing more than $100,000 in cash fro ... More >>
Hi Mr. Glew, This past weekend, my girlfriend and I were out at the bars for a bit of fun. We wanted to keep the fun going past 2 A.M., so we decided to pick up a white energy supplement...and by white energy supplement, I mean cocaine. Shortly after leaving my "friend's" house, I was ... More >>
An investigative trail (or line?) led a Riverside-based coalition of drug enforcement cops to an empty house in the 23300 block of Red Robin Lane in Lake Forest--and 88 pounds of cocaine with a street value pegged at $4 million.It also led to the arrests of Julio Cesar Perez-Arellano of Aliso Vie ... More >>
Angel Toy Co.The company literature says Angel Toy Co. distributes teddy bears and other stuffed animals around the world.According to the sentences handed down today, sisters Ling Yu of Arcadia and Meichun Cheng Huang of Irvine are spending the next three years in federal prison for using t ... More >>
Oh Texas, you're a real buzzkill. We just heard Snoop Dogg was arrested in Texas on Saturday for a misdemeanor drug charge, after a real snoop dog (oh, the irony) sniffed out the marijuana on his tour bus. According to TMZ, agents claimed they found a red prescription bottle with several joints ... More >>
U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security agents seized 17 tons of marijuana Nov. 15, when they discovered a tunnel that appears to be one of the largest cross-border smuggling operations in recent years. According to an Associated Press story on the bust, the tunnel was some 400 yards long and stretched b ... More >>
Border Patrol agents boast they intercepted a "bumper crop" of crystal methamphetamine near the San Clemente checkpoint last week.Wednesday morning's encounter with a "nervous" 24-year-old woman resulted in the discovery of 12 pounds of crystal meth hidden in the rear bumper of ... More >>
UPDATE, JULY 1, 1:18 P.M.: After his first sentencing hearing was postponed because Allan James Waters showed up to court drunk, the former Orange County sheriff's deputy finally learned his fate today: two years and eight months in state prison.The 37-year-old Laguna Niguel resident had bee ... More >>
UPDATE, JUNE 14, 1:18 P.M.: Former Orange County sheriff's deputy Allan James Waters will not face additional counts after authorities suspected him of being drunk at his scheduled sentencing on charges of causing an injury accident while driving under the influence of prescription drugs.Thou ... More >>
There's an interesting little story on the Long Beach Press Telegram website today about what has to be the biggest marijuana bust on Catalina Island in recent memory. "Deputies arrested one man and seized 1,500 pounds of marijuana on a Catalina Island beach, authorities said today," the story sa ... More >>
A boat containing 740 pounds of marijuana was discovered on Monday, at approximately 6 a.m., but so far nobody has come to claim the haul, leaving experts guessing that it was most likely a Mexican cartel smuggling operation gone awry.The first clue: The boat was heading north whenever its occupa ... More >>
UPDATE, APRIL 7, 3:15 P.M.: Orange County sheriff's deputy Allan James Waters, 37, of Laguna Niguel, pleaded guilty today to driving under the influence of prescription drugs while off-duty and crashing into and injuring a 78-year-old woman.Waters, who collected a mountain of medication by f ... More >>
UPDATE, FEB. 24, 8:04 A.M.: Oil heir Jason Davis, who was busted for alleged heroin use and pipe possession in Newport Beach last month, could get up to three years behind bars if convicted of the charges prosecutors have filed against him.The grandson of billionaire Marvin Davis faces three felo ... More >>
A woman called Anaheim Police Monday after failing to reach her bedridden grandmother or the 87-year-old's caretaker by phone. Officers arrived at grandma's mobile home in the 5800 block of La Palma Avenue around 11 p.m. to find her alone--along with a meth lab. The caretaker was arrested when he ... More >>
Additional charges have been filed against an Orange County sheriff's deputy who was off-duty and allegedly drugged-up when he crashed his Mercedes into a Toyota in Laguna Niguel, injuring a 78-year-old woman--just a half hour after he plowed into a Lexus outside Dana Point City Hall.Allan Jam ... More >>
Mexico's drug traffickers would lose some customers but not much money if California voters approve the marijuana-legalizing Prop 19 on Nov. 2, concludes a study by the nonpartisan RAND Drug Policy Research Center. That's because Californians mostly grow their own already.
A Santa Ana man was arrested Thursday on Interstate 80 in Henry County, Illinois, for possessing what state troopers believe was 16.8 pounds of brown heroin.Lucas Mendiola, 36, was the lone occupant in a SUV that was the second vehicle pulled over on that stretch of I-80 in less than a month that ... More >>
UPDATE: Four gang members face charges in Orange County's first murder of the year (updates throughout) . . . While at a party Jan. 4, three gang members are alleged to have asked a fourth to set up a meeting with drug dealer Bernal Ezquivel Felix. The plan, authorities say, was the stage a fake ... More >>
Only a fraction of Mexicans get U.S. asylum.
At about 8 a.m. on Aug. 12, more than two dozen Santa Barbara County narcotics detectives raided a 50-acre property just above the 101 Freeway near the Dos Pueblos Ranch. Inside nine large greenhouses they discovered between $40 million and $80 million worth of marijuana plants and anoth ... More >>
Inside the brutal world of America's kidnapping capital
I can understand robbing a Taco Bell for money. I can understand robbing a Taco Bell for food. I can even understand robbing a Taco Bell for its trade secrets. But for a bloody print? Nothing much happening in Ohio outside of Cleveland and the Dayton Flyers, apparently.
Police believe East LA high-school dropout Jose Saenz has killed a good friend and the mother of his daughter
Rob Krentz's Family Talks About the Life and Death of the Murdered Arizona Rancher
Courtesy of U.S. Border PatrolTrunk full of skunk weedMissed this one earlier, but U.S. Border Patrol agents earlier this week seized 230 pounds of marijuana stashed in the trunk of a sedan at a San Clemente rest stop.
Tougher border enforcement in California and Texas has spelled disaster for southern Arizona
Illustration by Simon DavisonRemember last October's arrest of a Los Alamitos man for having 62 pounds of pot and four pounds of hashish in his car after getting pulled over in Nebraska?The hammer has come down on 50-year-old Gerard Maddox.
In honor of Cinco de Mayo, this is your Mexican regional music on drugs
If a family that plays together stays together (or is it "prays together"? Whatever), what are we to make of a family that's caught holding 66 pounds of marijuana?That can be asked of Cynthia F. Bruckner, 62, and her son Scot A. Christensen, 42, who were arrested Wednesday near Lincoln, Nebraska, ... More >>
Leif Garrett, then and now.Leif Garrett's arrest for drug possession Monday morning at the Metrolink station in downtown Los Angeles is a good excuse as any to revisit Dave Wielenga's great 1999 article, "Shakin' Like a Leif: Kicking Smack With Leif Garrett." What's the deal is with the 48-year- ... More >>
I thought people went to Taco Bell after toking the doob, not in search of it. The following story shows how much I know. From southwest Florida:The manager of a Cape Coral Taco Bell has been arrested after allegedly selling marijuana to undercover deputies on four separate occasions, three in the v ... More >>
"I'm the sheriff. I can do whatever I want." --Prior to his arrest on federal bribery charges, Mike Carona confided his view of the world to a law enforcement colleague concerned about the Orange County sheriff's close friendship with Ed Grech, a local businessman whom the FBI had secretly recorded ... More >>
How the Brotherhood of Eternal Love Became OCs Hippie Mafia