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This Mustang thinks it's a DeLorean: $5M in narcotics seized at the border

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Cocaine found by CPB officials in one of four major drug seizures at the U.S./Mexico border over the weekend of 10/19-10/21.

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Packages of heroin and methamphetamine found by CPB officials in one of four major drug seizures at the U.S./Mexico border over the weekend of 10/19-10/21.

Cocaine and brown and black heroin were found by CPB officials in the wooden frame of this wicker basket during one of four major drug seizures at the U.S./Mexico border over the weekend of 10/19-10/21.

With a bumper of cocaine, and aspirations of DeLorean infamy, a Mustang was busted at the border last weekend as part of a $5.2 million narcotics seizure by San Diego/Imperial County Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers.

The Mustang was found Friday at the San Ysidro port of entry, saddled with 46 pounds of cocaine riding along in the rear bumper. A Ford F-150 was caught with cocaine concealed in its dashboard hours later in Calexico.

On Saturday, the Otay Mesa port produced a Mazda hiding heroin and methamphetamine in its non-factory, undercarriage compartment. On Sunday, the wooden frame of a trunk-traveling wicker basket brought in bundles of brown and black heroin and cocaine.

685 pounds of narcotics were seized in total from the four incidents, and all four drivers were transported to local jails, according to a U.S. Department of Homeland Security news release. 


Eric Gagne should have named names says former Dodger Adrian Beltre

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File photo of Adrian Beltre when he played for the Dodgers

Adrian Beltre, a former Dodger third baseman says it's not enough that former teammate Eric Gagne said that 80 percent of his old team was juiced up on illegal performance enhancement drugs (PEDs).

Beltre, now of the Texas Rangers, wants Gagne to be specific with his allegations.

"He should have named the names," said Beltre said Wednesday. "I know I'm not one of them."

The slugger, who debuted as a Dodger at 19 years-old in 1998 and peaked during his final season with L.A. in 2004 when he belted a career high 48 home runs, says he has no interest in reading Gagne's forthcoming autobiography "Game Over".

"I didn't read the book and don't want to read the book. Everybody has the right to write a book. He can say what he wants to say. But if you write a book like that, you should name names," Beltre said.


Eric Gagne says 80 percent of the Dodgers used performance enhancing drugs

New York Mets v Los Angeles Dodgers

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Eric Gagne when he played for the Los Angeles Dodgers during the game on June 6, 2006 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California. The Dodgers defeated the Mets 8-5.

Eric Gagne, the former Dodger flamethrower just burned his old team. 

ESPN is reporting that the former Cy Young Award-winning closer is releasing a memoir where he alleges that most of his Dodger teammates used performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs) during his time with the club.

"I was intimately aware of the clubhouse in which I lived," Gagne says in his book "Game Over: The Story of Eric Gagne," according to the sports network. "I would say that 80% of the Dodgers were consuming them."

The goateed French Canadian from Montreal was a major force for the Dodgers from 1999 to 2006. He won the Cy Young Award in 2003 a career season where he had an ERA of 1.20 with 137 strikeouts and had 55 saves.

The once-likeable right-hander struggled with injuries in 2005 and 2006 and the Dodgers did not sign him to a new contract in '06.


State Senate votes down bill to lower penalties for drug possession

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A pile of Suboxone pills, a type of medicine used to treat heroine addicts.

The vote wasn't very close: 24 against, 11 in favor of reducing possession of small amounts of illegal drugs like cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamines from a felony to a misdemeanor. The State Senate killed a bill Thursday that would have put California in the company of 14 other states that've rolled back laws that strictly penalize drug users. Under the bill, SB 1506 authored by Senator Mark Leno, simple drug possession would have still carried the option of jail time, but it would have removed the lifelong stigma of a felony conviction.

Instead, the current laws will stay the same, which means under state law:

  • Heroin, cocaine, or crack cocaine possession is a felony punishable by incarceration in a county jail for 16 months to 3 years;
  • Unlawful possession of methaqualone (Quaaludes), gamma hydroxybutyric acid (Extacy), methamphetamines, or concentrated cannabis can be a misdemeanor (punishable by no more than one year in a county jail) or a felony (16 months to 3 years in jail);
  • Possession of less than an ounce of marijuana is an infraction (which means not a criminal matter).


Courtney Wagner, daughter of Robert Wagner and Natalie Wood, busted on drug charges in Malibu

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Robert Wagner and Natalie Wood arrive with her child Natasha (center) and their daughter Courtney (right) at London airport on July 4, 1976.

Once again a child of movie stars has found trouble in Malibu.

Courtney Wagner, daughter of silver screen legends Robert Wagner and Natalie Wood, was arrested earlier this month in her Malibu home on charges of possessing cocaine and heroin, TMZ reports.

Deputies were called to the house on April 22 after screaming and a gunshot were reported. What exactly happened remains unclear, but Wagner, 38, and a man named Matthew Cox, 24, were there when authorities arrived at the house on the 24400 block of Piuma Road in unincorporated Malibu, according to the LA Times.

Wagner was arrested on drug possession charges and is out on bail. The man, Cox, was arrested on charges of “negligent discharge of a firearm,” TMZ says.

Robert Wagner and Natalie Wood met as stars in the 1950s. Wood is famous for such films as "Rebel Without a Cause" and "West Side Story," while Wagner is known for TV series like "Hart to Hart." In 1981, when Courtney was 7, Natalie Wood drowned in an apparent accident off Catalina Island -- though that case has recently been reexamined. Robert Wagner continued a successful career and is perhaps best known to younger audiences as “Number 2” in the “Austin Powers” movies.