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March 22, 2002
Gretchen Hoffman NORTHEAST GLENDALE -- Glendale Police seized a kilo of opium hidden inside a religious icon mailed to a woman suspected of passing it along to drug dealers. A package with an unusually dense center alerted U.S. Customs officials in New York, who found the opium in a hollowed-out wooden picture of two saints, Glendale Police Det. Craig Tweedy said. The package, which was sent from Bulgaria, was forwarded on to U.S. Customs officials in Los Angeles, who contacted Glendale Police, Tweedy said.
August 10, 2001
Amber Willard SOUTHEAST GLENDALE -- A Glendale man could receive at least five years in prison if convicted on charges that he received a 4-pound package of opium sent from Turkey. Nick Navari, 45, pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges that he had the drugs sent to him and planned to sell them. Navari was arrested Tuesday in the 1500 block of Rockglen Avenue after he arrived at an acquaintance's home to pick up the drugs, Glendale Police said.
May 19, 2001
Amber Willard GLENDALE -- Glendale Police arrested five men and seized more than five pounds of opium after a surveillance that started in the city, officials said. Police searched two houses Thursday -- one in Tarzana and the other in Van Nuys -- after following a man who allegedly sold opium to a man in Glendale, Investigator Bob Breckenridge said. In the houses and from the occupants, officials seized opium that had a street value of $320,000, Breckenridge said.
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.
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