[¡Ask a Mexican!] And why do Mexicans like to hand-deliver invitations?
UPDATE, OCT. 22, 10:42 A.M.: A memorial campaign to raise money for funeral and burial expenses for slain bicyclist Shaun Eagleson raised $11,219 toward its $15,000 goal in its first 20 hours online
A few months after Gary Webb killed himself with his dad's old pistol, I stood shirtless in my back yard, staring at the full moon. The sky was black and cloudless, the moon blurry. Earlier that night, I'd poured myself several splashes of single-malt scotch. I shook my fist in the air and screamed. ... More >>
See the update on Page 2 about more than $1 million worth of meth, heroin and cocaine being seized Wednesday. ORIGINAL POST, AUG. 29, 7:05 A.M.: U.S. Border Patrol agents from the San Clemente checkpoint are giving Orange County law enforcement at their various sobriety checkpoints a run for the ... More >>
Jose Felix Zepeda did not pull the trigger on the gun that killed 29-year-old Leder Vazquez Sanchez about a half-mile from Disneyland on April 25, 2012, but Zepeda is the only one of several defendants to be convicted of first-degree murder in the case. A jury Thursday found Zepeda, a 41-year-old dr ... More >>
Remember Tosh Plumlee? He was the star of my Sept. 2006 cover story, "Cocaine Airways," which detailed his colorful career as a contract pilot for the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency. In that story, I wrote about how Plumlee, a Texas native, found work for the CIA in the 1950s flying weapons to Cas ... More >>
Filming began this week in Atlanta, Georgia, on Kill the Messenger, a Focus Features movie based on my similarly-titled 2006 book, as well as Gary Webb's 1998 volume, "Dark Alliance." My book shares its title with a December 2004 obituary I wrote for this paper about Webb's suicide and how what sho ... More >>
[¡Ask a Mexican!] And are all Mexicans who have shaved heads and tattoos cholos?
Despite the urging of county Supervisor Todd Spitzer, the Board of Supervisors decided against charging teen hikers in Trabuco Canyon for $160,000 in rescue costs--although the board did agree Tuesday to seek state legislation that would allow passing future rescue costs on to reckless victims.But S ... More >>
An Anaheim man involved in a Mexico-Orange County criminal conspiracy annually distributing more than 75 kilograms of cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin will pay dearly for his crimes.In late March, U.S. District Court Judge David O. Carter handed Adrian Ibarra a whopping prison term of nearly 22 y ... More >>
A suspended, cross-dressing Roman Catholic priest nicknamed "Monsignor Meth" because of his role in a drug operation whose suppliers were alleged to be two South County residents is expected to plead guilty to charges against him Tuesday. Federal court papers in Waterbury, Conn., indicate Kevin Wall ... More >>
A call about a guy being beaten in a car parked in a Tustin residential neighborhood, and some follow-up police investigation, led to the discovery of an alleged conspiracy/kidnapping/attempted murder plot by an Arizona drug cartel.That's the spin from the Tustin Police Department, which claims the ... More >>
2012 was a busy year for marijuana. It began with what looked like the beginning of the end of the medical marijuana industry in California and ended with the legalization of recreational weed in both Colorado and Washington State. Looking back through the posts in Navel Gazing's Cannabis Chron ... More >>
Santa Ana-born pride of Garden Grove High, pro baseball warrior, Orange County car wash king, crony of CNBC Mad Moneyman Jim Cramer and convicted thief, druggie, conman and sex offender Lenny Dykstra has been sentenced to 6 1/2 months in lockup despite getting into fights with jailers. U.S. District ... More >>
A federal grand jury in Southern California has indicted three Orange County residents for allegedly conspiring to sell large quantities of methamphetamine in Garden Grove, Cypress and Buena Park.According to the indictment, government agents arrested 43-year-old Jon Jason Mashburn, Dustin Craig Bos ... More >>
Neither Fullerton police nor any other witness saw Samuel Fausto Uribe try to sell illegal narcotics but that didn't stop government officials from charging the 28-year-old Fullerton resident with possession of methamphetamine for sale in the summer of 2011.Though Uribe had been sitting in the drive ... More >>
A Buena Park man is scheduled to be arraigned this morning on charges he stashed a large inventory of dental narcotics and other drugs and falsely represented himself as a dentist despite having no valid license to practice.Esteban Campos faces up to eight years in prison if convicted of two felony ... More >>
Theresa Ann Jones clearly wasn't happy in her August 12, 2011 mug shot.On that day, police in Orange County stopped a vehicle leaving a motel parking lot known for drug activity.Because the driver had no valid license, the cops took him into custody and were going to let Jones take the vehicle.
This week, Salvador Reyes Vera hoped he'd receive a 20-year federal prison sentence for operating a massive cocaine and heroin distributorship because, as his taxpayer-funded defense lawyer argued, that was long enough to teach the high-ranking Santa Ana gangster a lesson about obeying the law.In fa ... More >>
A 31-year-old Garden Grove man arrested last year by federal and state police in Massachusetts for allegedly piloting a plane loaded with 74 pounds of marijuana pleaded not guilty on Tuesday, according to news reports.Using police drug sniffing dogs, officials claim they found three duffel bags load ... More >>
I have a medical marijuana recommendation, and since my apartment is non-smoking I have to smoke outside, which as I understood from my doctor and collective is legal anywhere tobacco is legal. I try my hardest to be discreet by puffing on small side-streets, but the other night, a bit after midn ... More >>
Note to marijuana smugglers: If you're going to haul 40 pounds of weed into Southern California in your private airplane, you might want to do that on the 364 other days of the year when President Barack Obama isn't using the same airspace. Apparently the San Luis Obispo man who went un ... More >>
UPDATE, FEB. 15, 10:54 A.M.: Parents of Santa Margarita High School students received emails from school officials this morning announcing the Eagles' head football coach Harry Welch was reinstated after a three-week suspension: "As you may be aware, Coach Harry Welch has been on administrative l ... More >>
A La Habra man headed a notorious Crips street gang drug ring that sold marijuana across the country and held meetings on the same Compton block where a second Crips operation sold pot and moved prescription drugs to Louisiana, according to the U.S. Attorney's office in Los Angeles.Deverick Desha ... More >>
A documentary opening Friday in Fullerton explores the drug-related violence in Mexico since President Felipe Calderon took office in December, 2006.8 Murders a Day focuses mostly on Juarez, Mexico, the murder capital of the world or, as producer-director Charlie Minn's puts it, "the greatest hum ... More >>
Flickr user KazanjyIn 2009, Santa Ana police served a search warrant on Alfredo Ruvalcaba Lariz, owner of Alfredo's Pizza, which is best known in the city for serving humongous pies. A tipster told authorities Lariz served a different kind of powder as well: cocaine.Police combed through Alfredo' ... More >>
There's no Orange County angle here, but this story is simply too 909, er funny, not to pass along. On Monday, a Riverside County drug task force raided a suspected pot farm in Hemet. No, the fact they actually have time to do go after marijuana cases with all the meth labs out there isn't the we ... More >>
State troopers in the Midwest are discovering a common thread among drug mules and alleged drug mules pulled over along Interstate 80: Orange County residency.Check out our lineup after the jump . . .
Renowned forensics experts say a Pinal County, Arizona, deputy's high-profile tale about getting shot after encountering drug smugglers doesn't add up
I'd figure meth or marijuana would be the the drug of choice for most Taco Bell eaters--but crack? Crack, after all, is more of a Jack-in-the-Box thing, specifically their legendarily mysterious tacos that are as addicting as the white owl.
Coe, in center, with a fool and a deluded guyCalifornia Coalition for Immigration Reform head Barbara Coe has been on a non-Mexican racist run as of late. We talked about the revelation earlier this week that she told a Los Angeles Times reporter, "Go home, chink" nearly 20 years ago; now, in var ... More >>
We told you in March about the DUI charge brought against Orange County sheriff's deputy Mark Wayne Hewlett, who got drunk while off duty, lost control of his personal vehicle and crashed into a planter in the front yard of Orange County Supervisor Bill Campbell's Villa Park home. ... More >>
UPDATE: See details about the "Holy Rollers" article that likely spurred the Holy Rollers movie--and the article's zero degrees of separation from OC Weekly--after the jump . . . Yosef (Justin Bartha, left) eases Sam (Jesse Eisenberg) into drug trafficking in Holy Rollers.Director Kevin Asch, who ... More >>
As a Lake Forest medical marijuana dispensary owner and manager were being convicted today of selling and possessing cannabis, a Mission Viejo law firm was announcing a federal lawsuit aimed at barring authorities from denying patients access to Costa Mesa and Lake Forest dispensaries.
Carona: Tried to fake history with a lapdog deputyOver at the Friends For Fullerton's Future blog, Travis Kiger has posted a copy of the controversial California Attorney General's report on the Greg Haidl pot bust incident that I first broke in December 2003. The AG's six-year-old report has bec ... More >>
The deceasedHow did you spend last Thursday? The Cruz family of Fullerton and their friends spent it in front of Anaheim police headquarters on South Harbor Boulevard, protesting the death of Caesar Cruz, who was shot by cops three months earlier in a Wal-mart parking lot.Anaheim police were tigh ... More >>
As a follow-up to our last post on the latest criminal happenings of Patrick Disney Miller, grandson of Walt Disney himself: Miller is now finding himself being slammed with two dozen felonies in relation to a gun and drug bust that occurred Dec. 10 at his Woodland Hills residence.Flickr user Hersch ... More >>
Brenice Lee Smith: Welcome Home, Now go to Jail.Wow, that was fast.Yesterday I blogged that a judge denied a request by Gerardo Gutierrez, the lawyer for Brenice Lee Smith, the onetime member of the Brotherhood of Eternal Love who has spent the past three decades living in a Nepalese monastery, t ... More >>
Too much reality for Orange County law enforcement (clockwise from top left): Ryan Alexander Jenkins, Josh Waring, Renzo Gamboa, Dennis Rodman, Jason Wahler and Matt Keough. UPDATED TO REFLECT MURDER CHARGE, CRIMINAL BATTERY COMPLAINT AGAINST JENKINS. If anyone in Orange County with a Hisp ... More >>
The Peruvian boyfriend of Alex Murrel, a cast member from season 2 of MTV's Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County, was arrested in her rented Laguna Beach house on suspicion of felony possession of cocaine with intent to sell.Murrel, 22, was questioned as a witness last week but is not expected to fa ... More >>
I thought people in Maryland gorged themselves on crab cakes? From the Old Line State: Two occupants of a vehicle parked at the Taco Bell in Solomons on Feb. 12 at 8 p.m. were found to be in possession of suspected marijuana. DFC James Smith subsequently arrested Derek Craig Bradley, 20, and B ... More >>
Police near Yuma, Arizona have arrested Southern rap star Lil Wayne for possession of “dangerous” drugs, narcotics and drug paraphernalia, TMZ is reporting. This incident follows a 2007 arrest in Idaho, also for drug possession. If Wayne (real name Dwayne Carter Jr.) had kept in the responsibl ... More >>
A former CIA pilot says secret flights to El Toro could explain a Marine officers suicide
Courtesy of the state Dept. of Toxic Substances Control... Orange County Polluter Sentenced to 16 Months in State Prison Westminster - The California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) announced today that an Orange County Superior Court sentenced Steven Craig Booth, of Anaheim, to 16 m ... More >>
Audio tape reveals cover-up of drug bust involving a sheriffs son already on trial for a videotaped gang bang