GLENDORA — A man robbed a pharmacy of six bottles of painkillers Friday but was arrested quickly after an employee held up a “Call 9-1-1″ sign at the drive-thru window.
From the Associated Press:
MEXICO CITY — Suspected drug traffickers dumped 35 bodies at rush hour beneath a busy overpass in the heart of a major Gulf coast city as gunmen pointed weapons at frightened drivers. Mexican authorities said Wednesday they are examining surveillance video for clues to who committed the crime.
Horrified motorists grabbed cell phones and sent Twitter messages warning others to avoid the area near the biggest shopping mall in Boca del Rio, part of the metropolitan area of Veracruz city.
The gruesome gesture marked a sharp escalation in cartel violence in Veracruz state, which sits on an important route for drugs and Central American migrants heading north.
The Zetas drug cartel has been battling other gangs for control of the state.
Prosecutors said it’s too soon to draw conclusions from the surveillance video.
“We’re not going to confirm or deny anything,” Veracruz state Attorney General Reynaldo Escobar Perez told the Televisa network Wednesday. “We’re looking at it in
different ways, we’re seeing different numbers, that’s why we don’t want to get ahead of ourselves.”
Escobar said the bodies were left piled in two trucks and on the ground under the overpass near the statue of the Voladores de Papantla, ritual dancers from Veracruz
state. He said some of the victims had their heads covered with black plastic bags and showed signs of torture.
Among the bodies was a local police officer who had gone missing two weeks ago, Escobar told W Radio in Mexico City. He told MVS Radio many of the victims were
strangled, some bled to death and one person had been shot dead.
Escobar did not return phone calls from The Associated Press.
Police have identified 32 of the victims so far and maintain they all had criminal records for acts such as murder, drug dealing, kidnapping and extortion and were
linked to organized crime, said Magda Zayas, spokeswoman for the Veracruz Attorney General’s Office.
State Gov. Javier Duarte said on his Twitter account “the killing of 35 people is deplorable, but it’s even more deplorable the same victims chose to extort, kidnap and kill.”
Duarte said an intelligence database shows the 35 victims had a criminal background.
Motorists posted Twitter warnings said the masked gunmen were in military uniforms and were blocking Manuel Avila Camacho Boulevard.
“They don’t seem to be soldiers or police,” one tweet read. Another said, “Don’t go through that area, there is danger.”
Veracruz is currently hosting a conference of Mexico’s top state and federal prosecutors and judiciary officials.
Local media said that 12 of the victims were women and that some of the dead men had been among prisoners who escaped from three Veracruz prisons on Monday, but Escobar
denied the escaped convicts were among the dead.
At least 32 inmates got away from the three Veracruz prisons. Police recaptured 14 of them.
Drug violence has claimed more than 35,000 lives across Mexico since 2006, according to government figures. Others put the number at more than 40,000.
From City News Service:
ROWLAND HEIGHTS — A Rowland Heights osteopathic doctor’s license to prescribe controlled substances was suspended today by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration.
DEA special agents and the California Medical Board investigators posed as patients seeking prescriptions for controlled substances during six undercover visits to the office of Hsiu-Ying Lisa Tseng between April 2008 and July 2010, said Timothy J. Landrum, special agent in charge of the DEA’s Los Angeles Field Division.
On five of those occasions, Tseng issued prescriptions for Vicodin, Suboxone and Xanax without taking medical histories and either not conducting a medical examinations or just a cursory one. The prescriptions were often made for no legitimate purposes, Landrum said.
A newspaper reported that the prescriptions may be linked to eight overdoses. Tseng reportedly blamed the patients and their families.
“I really believe I did nothing wrong,” Tseng told a newspaper. “I was really strict with my patients, and I followed the guidelines. If my patient decides to take a month’s supply in a day, then there is nothing I can do about that.”
An administrative hearing will be held before a DEA deputy administrator to determine whether Tseng’s DEA Certification of Registration should be permanently revoked, Landrum said. “Prescription drug abuse continues to rise at a disturbing rate,” Landrum said. “Many obtain these dangerous drugs from doctors prescribing drugs for no medical need. DEA is committed to working together with our state and local counterparts to ensure these few doctors who abuse their authority are not allowed to continue.”
A federal grand jury has indicted 15 people — including one fugitive — accused of being part of an ecstasy distribution ring responsible for trafficking more than $10 million worth of drugs, authorities said Thursday.
Thirteen people were arrested last month at the end of a wiretapping and surveillance operation carried out by a multi-agency task force including the Drug Enforcement Administration. The alleged ecstasy ring is suspected of distributing more than 1 million pills.
Tuan Vu, 24, of Alhambra remains at large and is being sought by authorities, United States Attorney’s Office spokesman Thom Mrozek said in a written statement.
Another suspect, 22-year-old David Kong of Los Angeles, has agreed to turn himself in Monday, Mrozek said.
Those listed in Wednesday’s federal indictment included four El Monte residents, two Monterey Park residents, a Rosemead resident, a Temple City resident and a La Mirada resident.
Tony Barerra Jr., 37 was arrested July 22 at his West Covina home, where authorities allegedly found about 600,000 ecstasy pills, valued at more than $6 million.
During the course of the investigation, which began early this year, authorities seized drugs from warehouses in Industry and Arcadia, according to an affidavit. Guns, cash and drugs were also seized during the investigation.
*PHOTO of Tuan Vu courtesy of the U.S. Attorney’s Office