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December 2013 Archives

Three men accused of smuggling drugs into California jail

On December 22, police with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Department took three men into custody after alleging that they had attempted to sneak drugs and paraphernalia into a jail. The authorities said that the men had tried to smuggle the undisclosed materials into Castaic's Pitchess Detention Center, but reports failed to specify the exact nature of these illicit items.

California doctor accused of selling prescriptions

On Dec. 11, a physician was arraigned in the U.S. District Court in San Francisco on drug charges and charges of conspiracy on suspicion of writing phony prescriptions for potent painkillers. Federal drug agents alleged the doctor wrote prescriptions for oxycodone and hydrocodone in exchange for cash.

Man taken into custody for renting out homes he didn't own

A 50-year-old California man has been sentenced to four years of incarceration after he was found to be renting Orange County homes he didn't own to unsuspecting tenants. He accomplished this unusual feat by filing quitclaim deeds against the homes. The properties were "distressed," meaning some had been foreclosed and were bank-owned, but others were privately owned by people who did not currently occupy them.

California doctor, son in custody for selling prescription pills

A Drug Enforcement Administration affidavit alleges that a California doctor and son sold prescription pills and marijuana to drug dealers. The doctor is accused of abusing his medical license to prescribe the drugs, great amounts of which were reportedly discovered in his home, to local and out-of-state patients.

California mayor's husband pleads not guilty to drug charges

The husband of the Montebello mayor has pleaded not guilty to several drug charges stemming from alleged sales of methamphetamine. Some of the drug crime activities were said to have taken place near a middle school, although the man's attorney denies these claims.

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