April 16, 1987 |
Nearly 4 1/2 pounds of cocaine with a street value of about $1 million was discovered inside four hollowed-out reference books mailed to the Romance languages department of the University of Pennsylvania, narcotics investigators said yesterday. The discovery was made Friday by a graduate student in the language department's mailroom who noticed that the box containing the four books had been opened previously. Each of the hollowed-out books contained a plastic-wrapped package of the illegal drug, police said.
July 19, 2008 |
Junior-welterweight contender Edgar "El Chamaco" Santana was among 12 people from the Bronx, Brooklyn, Yonkers, Manhattan and Puerto Rico arrested yesterday in New York on charges of taking part in an international cocaine trafficking ring. Prosecutors said Santana, 29, conspired with the other suspects to smuggle cocaine from Puerto Rico into New York. Narcotics detectives arrested the suspects early yesterday. They seized several pounds of cocaine and $450,000 in cash as part of the investigation, dubbed "Operation Special Delivery.
October 3, 1986 |
An intensive drive by police and federal agents to rid the Hunting Park neighborhood of cocaine has become mired in the overloaded Philadelphia court system, where, according to a new study, hundreds of cases have languished for months. In some of the cases, the study suggested, the suspects have been arrested repeatedly on new drug charges after their release on bail while awaiting trial. In the first six months of 1986, police arrested 792 people on narcotics charges in the Eighth and Butler Streets area.
January 6, 2000 |
Blood and urine samples taken from Diego Maradona yesterday tested positive for cocaine use, a day after he was hospitalized for high blood pressure and an irregular heartbeat. Maximo Costa Rocha, police chief in the Uruguayan province of Moldando, said an initial round of testing had shown signs of "excessive cocaine" in the former soccer star's system.Rocha said Maradona, 39, had not been detained in the case, but added an investigation started, as is required by Uruguayan law when someone tests positive for drug use. Maradona, 39, remained in intensive care, in stable condition after treatment, his doctor said.
June 27, 1986 |
It was inevitable. A case of the small fish preying on the big ones. Hungry Broadway has been cannibalizing Hollywood for the last decade (La Cage Aux Folles, Woman of the Year). Now bloodless Hollywood is vampirizing television. Running Scared, an amiably unoriginal movie about two Chicago cops who depose a cocaine czar, sucks its vital juices from Cheers, Hill Street Blues and Miami Vice. Ray and Danny (Gregory Hines and Billy Crystal), the Windy City's answer to Tubbs and Crockett, are Chicago cops on the sugar-and-vice beat.
November 6, 1987 |
If you've gone to the movies recently, then you've doubtless seen those trailers hosted by Rae Dawn Chong and Clint Eastwood in which they decry "crack" - their point being, why risk your life for 10 minutes of cocaine-induced pleasure? At its best, Less Than Zero is a feature-length version of these public- service announcements. But why risk your life (or waste your time?) for 97 minutes of cocaine-dusted displeasure? Seldom has a movie so richly lived down to its title. Based on the 1985 pop phenomenon by first-time novelist Bret Easton Ellis, Less Than Zero chronicles the underachievements of overprivileged Beverly Hills kids who live at the intersection of Me Generation and Lost Generation.
October 8, 1988 |
The King has been dethroned. Mikal Da'ood, owner of a discount store at 29th Street and Lehigh Avenue, who calls himself "The King," is actually a kingpin in underworld drug trafficking, Assistant District Attorney Frank Keaney said yesterday. Common Pleas Judge Ricardo C. Jackson agreed. After blaming Da'ood for "ruining the lives" of many in his community, the judge sentenced him to 10 1/2 to 21 years in prison. Da'ood, 43, of Norwood, Delaware County, was convicted in May of possession with intent to sell three pounds of cocaine worth $700,000, conspiracy and possessing drug equipment.
August 11, 1997 |
Tony Phillips, the fiery leadoff hitter who has helped the Anaheim Angels climb to the top of the American League West, was arrested early yesterday morning for possession of cocaine, police in Anaheim, Calif., said. Phillips was scheduled to start in leftfield last night against the Baltimore Orioles, but he and team officials met before the game and decided he should leave and join his family in Arizona, Angels general manager Bill Bavasi said. Bavasi emphasized that Phillips remains eligible to play.
July 27, 1989 |
The 24-year-old North Philadelphia woman said that because she was high on cocaine, she doesn't remember much of what transpired between her and her 3- year-old son on Feb. 22. But, Jolene Holiday told a judge yesterday she certainly would not have beaten him, choked him and tried to suffocate him with a pillow, as the boy himself testified. Common Pleas Judge John J. Poserina Jr. chose to believe the boy, and other witnesses to the incident in the woman's home on Bouvier Street near Dauphin.
March 24, 2000 |
Camden police arrested two adults and two truant schoolboys during separate drug investigations yesterday. Police said a total of $1,621 in cash and 120 bags of cocaine had been seized. Officers Craig Williams and Eliud Torres said they stopped two 15-year-old boys at Morris and Norris Streets at 9:20 a.m. As the officers questioned them, they said, they saw a bag hanging out of one boy's pocket. A search of the boys revealed 114 bags of cocaine and $800. The boys were charged with possession of cocaine and possession with intent to distribute cocaine.