Headlines from Dec 1998-Feb 1999
Dec 4 - 43 charged in jail drug network
MIAMI - Forty-three people, including 13 corrections officers were charged with operating an intricate drug-dealing network led by a jailed dealer after a probe of Miami-Dade County jails turned up rampant corruption.
Dec 8 - Texas sheriff arrested for theft: accused of taking drug money
SAN ANTONIO - Frio County Sheriff Carl Henry Burris was arrested Tuesday on charges that he stole nearly $12,000 in drug money and tried to replace it by selling marijuana.
Dec 12 - 2nd officer placed on paid leave in shakedown probe
DALLAS - A second Dallas police officer suspected of stealing thousands of dollars from drug dealers has been placed on leave pending a criminal investigation.
Dec 13 - Marines reportedly smuggled drugs
SAN DIEGO - U.S. servicemen have smuggled marijuana and cocaine into California for drug rings, sometimes using their military training or positions to aid traffickers. At least 50 Marines and sailors have been investigated or are under investigation for narcotics trafficking.
Dec 16 - Chicago cop charged in drug ring
A veteran police officer was among 10 people charged Wednesday with running a drug ring that allegedly distributed millions of dollars worth of cocaine and heroin between Chicago and Miami.
Dec 30 - Corruption trial of ex-district attorney is slated to begin
LAREDO - Secretly recorded audio and videotapes, cash and his business card are among the arsenal of evidence federal prosecutors plan to unleash against a former assistant district attorney accused of corruption, court documents showed Monday.
Jan 11 - Drugs smuggled into three prisons with alleged help of officers
SACRAMENTO - Marijuana, methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin flowed steadily through three state prisons. And when investigators followed the trail to the drug kingpins, it led to three of the prison system's own officers.
Jan 12 - Drug agent is facing 2 new federal counts
A state drug agent from San Juan Capistrano pleaded not guilty Monday to two new counts added last month to the drug-trafficking allegations he was facing already, a federal prosecutor said.
Jan 22 - Missouri Senate to investigate forfeitures
JEFFERSON CITY - The Missouri Senate will investigate why drug money seized by state and local police has not been turned over to public education.
Jan 21 - 22 charged with prison drug traffic
ROANOKE - A longtime informant and former DEA operative has been indicted along with 21 other inmates, their relatives, and guards at the Bland Correctional Center, charged with operating a drug conspiracy within the prison.
Jan 22 - Ex-trooper gets jail for cocaine theft
ALLENTOWN - A cocaine addiction that led Trooper Charles F. Ondo to steal 2-1/2 kilos of the drug from an evidence room of Troop M in Bethlehem has landed him in the same place as some of the people he arrested.
Feb 2 - Ex-Hialeah officer accused of drug trafficking
A former Hialeah police officer has been indicted on charges that he ran drugs, served as lookout for members of a drug-trafficking operation and gave them information on police activities while on the force.
Feb 3 - Border inspectors held in drug case
TUCSON - Mexican drug lords paid huge bribes to U.S. border inspectors in Nogales to help smuggle an estimated 20 tons of cocaine into Arizona before the operation was shut down this week, according to federal investigators.
Feb 9 - Officer charged with drugs
JACKSONVILLE - A Jacksonville Sheriff's officer was arraigned on drug charges in federal court Tuesday.
Feb 16 - Plentiful drugs in California prisons
The drug trade is so tempting and profitable that there are always a few prison employees willing to risk it all for some extra spending moneythey agree to smuggle heroin and other drugs into prison.
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