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April 15, 2004
Darleene Barrientos Three Glendale residents and their business associates will face charges Wednesday of importing, transporting and conspiring to sell opium from their businesses after a six-month investigation by Glendale Police. Eight people were charged Tuesday for a range of offenses from possession of opium for sale and transport, to conspiracy to sell opium. The defendants included Glendale residents Alfred Avans Der Gregorian, 61, and his son, Alain Avans Der Gregorian, 35, the alleged ringleaders of the operation.
August 5, 2000
Jenna Bordelon FREMONT PARK -- Detectives from the Vice/Narcotics Division of the Glendale Police Department arrested a man at the Days Inn on suspicion of bringing a large cache of opium into Glendale. Murat Gunay, 28, a Turkish national, was arrested July 23 in the parking lot of the Days Inn, 600 N. Pacific Ave., police said. He brought with him a large, black suitcase containing 8 1/2 pounds of opium. The street value of the opium was $600,000, police said.
August 30, 2003
Darleene Barrientos Several local residents were arrested by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Glendale Police Department, which seized more than $1 million worth of raw opium in an alleged international drug production and smuggling ring. The ring, which spanned from growers raising opium in Afghanistan to users buying the end product in Glendale, operated for several years out of a Pacoima car wash, according to John Fernandes, acting special agent in charge of the DEA in Los Angeles.
By Veronica Rocha | March 12, 2009
GLENDALE — Four people, including two Glendale residents, were arrested Tuesday night in connection with a drug ring after undercover police discovered that a 32 1/2 -pound shipment of opium stashed in a metal tin was sent to an apartment in the city from Armenia, officials said. Lusine Khachatryan, 27, of Glendale; Razmik Alchian, 37, of Glendale; Edmond Bolandi, 37, of Palmdale; and Ali Nouri, 35, of Reseda, were taken into custody just after 8 p.m. Tuesday and booked at the Glendale Police Department jail on suspicion of sales and transportation of drugs, said Lt. Bruce Fox of the Special Investigations Bureau.
April 11, 2003
The following information was taken from police reports: 2000 block of West Glenoaks Boulevard: A Glendale man was arrested Thursday on suspicion of being under the influence of methamphetamines and marijuana. 700 block of South Verdugo Road: A Glendale man reported Thursday his Sony car stereo and amplifier worth $1,300 were stolen. 1500 block of East Colorado Street: A La Crescenta couple and a Glendale woman were arrested Wednesday on suspicion of possession and being under the influence of methamphetamines, child endangerment and possession of stolen property.
August 25, 2000
Amber Willard GLENDALE -- Police investigators have been busy making busts throughout the city that have netted 14 arrests on charges ranging from selling drugs to credit card fraud to gambling, authorities said. The search that led to the most arrests -- six -- stemmed from a traffic stop on a taxi with a broken tail light. After searching the Glendale cab driver's car on Glenoaks Boulevard at Grandview Avenue on Aug. 17, officers found enough opium to suspect Sedrak Avakyan was selling it, investigators said.
October 10, 2012
Police arrested three men on Monday after allegedly finding more than $400,000 worth of drugs, including opium, heroin and methamphetamine, inside their Los Angeles apartment. Brian Garcia, 25, Erick Gastelum, 28, and Jose Garcia, 50, were taken into custody about 4 p.m. on suspicion of possessing drugs for sale, Glendale police Sgt. Tom Lorenz said. “They ran the gamut when it came to the drugs,” he said. Narcotics detectives seized 20 pounds of opium, two pounds of heroin, 1 1/2 pounds of methamphetamine, a pound of marijuana and a gram of cocaine inside their apartment in the 6600 block of North Figueroa Street, Lorenz said.
April 6, 2004
Darleene Barrientos Drugs and drug-related offenses are becoming more common in Glendale, a sure sign to police that even if serious crimes are down, they will increase in the next few years. The workload of Glendale Police Department's vice/narcotics eight-officer unit is steadily rising, according to a report from that bureau. Felony and misdemeanor drug crimes have gone up 12.5%, from 1,105 in 2002 to 1,243 in 2003. The difference between 2003 and years past is staggering -- from 1999 to 2003, the crimes went up 51%. Even though most violent crimes, including homicide, forcible rape and robbery, have gone down in the city, the jump in drug-related activity is a signal that not all is well.
By Mary O'Keefe | July 14, 2006
On Monday, four Glendale Police Department officers received life-protecting gifts from the community. The officers are four dogs, Sam, Yudy, Marlin and Quai, in the K-9 unit, the gifts were Ballistic Armor vests. K-9 Unit Commander Lt. Rodney Brookf said the unit began 10 months ago after a more than 20-year hiatus. "The K-9 unit reestablished by Chief [Randy] Adams," Brookf said. The unit is funded from state and federal government grants and donations from the community.
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