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Drug Trafficking

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  • From luxury to lockup

    From luxury to lockup
    In Santa Ana last April, a team led by Newport Beach vice detectives staked out two luxury high-rise buildings towering above MacArthur Boulevard near John Wayne Airport. One detective, according to court transcripts, announced that the team's target...
  • Man gets 60 months in prison in pot case

    A 32-year-old man who fled from authorities in Newport Beach aboard a sailboat stuffed with marijuana was sentenced to 60 months in prison last week. Nickolas Leivas had 90 bales of pot almost filling the cabin of a 30-foot boat when the Coast Guard...
  • 250 marijuana plants found in Costa Mesa building

    250 marijuana plants found in Costa Mesa building
    Police said they found hundreds of marijuana plants Tuesday afternoon when a fire led them to an illegal indoor pot farm across from Whittier Elementary School in Costa Mesa. Around 4:40 p.m., firefighters arrived at a complex of commercial buildings at...
  • Commentary: War on drugs is driving immigrant children north

    There is a strong parallel between what is happening on our southern border with the large numbers of unaccompanied immigrant children crossing or attempting to cross into our country and what happened at the beginning of World War II. Then Jewish...
  • Commentary: Crime-suppression team is having an effect

    Over the last two budget cycles, the City Council has helped us re-create a dedicated Crime Suppression Unit (CSU) to work on specific crimes in Newport Beach. As I often tell our residents and business owners that Newport Beach is a very safe city, one...
  • DARE makes way for Step Up

    One of the first things Erica Sperling does when she visits a classroom in Newport Beach is tell the students she doesn't carry a gun. The crime-prevention specialist is the face of law enforcement for many elementary school students in the city....
  • Police identify suspect in sex assault cases

    Police identify suspect in sex assault cases
    Costa Mesa police Thursday said they have identified a suspect in a sexual assault and an attempted sexual assault in two home invasions earlier this year. They say they believe Thomas Walker, a 46-year-old transient, sexually assaulted a woman at...
  • It's A Gray Area: Put action behind talk of prison reform

    Virtually all of us in the drug-policy and prison-sentencing reform movements applaud U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.'s comments Aug. 12 at the American Bar Assn. meeting in San Francisco. This was the first time within memory that a high-...
  • Canines to be called in for added safety measure at local schools

    Dogs able to sniff out drugs, alcohol and gunpowder will pay surprise visits to Newport-Mesa Unified schools beginning in October. The goal is to deter students from bringing dangerous items on campus. School board trustees unanimously approved the...
  • Man held in number of local robberies

    Man held in number of local robberies
    Police have arrested a Santa Ana man suspected of robbing two Costa Mesa stores at gunpoint. Authorities believe Dennis Adamson, 24, may have also robbed an Independence Bank in Fountain Valley in August and a Subway sandwich shop and Mobil gas...
  • Police to collect unused prescription drugs

    Residents can turn in expired or unwanted prescription drugs to Newport Beach and Irvine police Saturday. The two departments announced that they are participating in the federal Drug Enforcement Administration's National Prescription Drug Take-Back...
  • Costa Mesa DUI checkpoint yields arrests

    Costa Mesa police arrested six people Friday night on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. From 9 p.m. to 2 a.m., officers ran a checkpoint at Bristol Street and Randolph Avenue. They conducted 37 field sobriety tests from the...