It can be hard to figure out exactly what to make of the evil, ugly specter known as Mexican drug cartels. A pair of investigative reports, conducted by the Associated Press and the Center for Investigative Reporting, have given us some conclusions to chew on -- and together, they paint an odd pictu ... More >>
A San Francisco man employed by the federal Department of Homeland Security was arrested and charged with two felonies for possessing and distributing child pornography, police said. Gilbert Lam, 37, was arrested at his San Francisco home on March 9 and has since been charged in San Francisco Super ... More >>
It seems like criminals get dumber every day. This not-so-bright man was busted at San Francisco International Airport after he allegedly attempted to smuggle 2.5 pounds of cocaine filled pellets in his stomach.Emanuel Amakura, a U.S. citizen, was reportedly stopped by U.S. Customs and Border Prot ... More >>
Turns out the federal Justice Department's almost-yearlong crackdown on state-legal medical cannabis has nothing to do with hard-line drug warriors, forfeiture numbers, President Barack Obama's reelection effort -- or even marijuana itself.Shutting dispensaries in California, Colorado, Montana, and ... More >>
Given the care that San Francisco cooks lavish on the humblest of vegetables, it's no surprise that sandwich-making in this town qualifies as an artisanal pursuit. Even journeyman makers hunt down the perfect bread for their masterpieces and whisk together small-batch mayonnaise. In fact, we're s ... More >>
Federal agents announced today that they seized 13 kilograms, or close to 29 pounds, of cocaine from a cruise ship docked in San Francisco last month.According to a statement from U.S. Customs and Border Protection, a joint operation among federal agencies and local law-enforcement led to two sep ... More >>
CBPRed roses will be getting the pat-down by border control this Valentine's Day to ensure those flowers you give your honey come Tuesday are free of nasty bugs.The U.S. Customs and Border Control will continue stopping every red rose over the weekend, scanning to see if any of those flowers are ... More >>
It's always interesting to see the sorts of contraband that U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents are intercepting in the Bay Area. About a year ago, we heaved a sigh of relief after "destructive" Pakistani insects were detected by the feds in a shipment of rice in Oakland.But such arthropod ... More >>
From Seventeen Evergreen's "Polarity Song" video. Ah, the music video: In three decades, these modest clips went from insider promo tool, to prime-time TV staple, to Internet meme-generator. And despite all the online noise and bustle of 2011, a good music video is still a fantastic way to gr ... More >>
Gone the way of UAWThe Drug War is going the way of the "evildoers," according to a federal report released last week. Two years ago, foreign drug cartels were in 230 American cities. Today, the cartels -- from Mexico, East Asia, and, presumably, Canada -- have infiltrated more than 1,000 America ... More >>
Great for massages, not so great for drug smugglingBorder Patrol agents seized about 11 pounds of methamphetamine from Francisco Carillo-Beltran's luggage as he traveled through the Fresno/Yosemite International Airport on Sept. 11. Customs and Border Protection officers arrested 42-year-old Carr ... More >>
Heave a sigh of relief, Bay Area residents. The Khapra beetle, an invasive and "extremely destructive" arthropod, has been foiled -- for now -- in its evil designs upon the human race's grain silos by agents with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).In a news release today, CBP announced that ... More >>
Old-school decontaminationU.S. Customs and Border Protection is monitoring radiation levels on airplanes, cargo, and passengers on flights inbound to West Coast cities from Japan, federal officials said today.In a statement, Customs and Border Protection said officials were seeking to "evaluate t ... More >>
Only a fraction of Mexicans get U.S. asylum.
Coyotes who smuggle immigrants torture and extort their victims, helped by out government's failure to enact immigration reform.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is announcing it nabbed two alleged sex offenders at San Francisco Airport after the American citizens' separate flights from the Philippines touched down. The first man was arrested last Monday on a warrant out of Washington State. The second man was book ... More >>
No, you didn't get a real, $5 Louis Vuitton...In what is being billed as the largest takedown of retailers of designer fakes on the West Coast, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement busted a slew of Fisherman's Wharf merchants for allegedly smuggling and trafficking in fake Oakley, Nike, A ... More >>
Federal law gives gay citizens with foreign partners tough choices: Leave the U.S.A. Lose your love. Break the law.
Marijuana's steady creep toward legalization nationwide
How an eccentric architect with a penchant for pre-Columbian relics rocked the antiquities world and became the de Young Museum's most mysterious donor
President Bush says he's serious about cracking down on money laundering by terrorists. San Francisco's experience suggests otherwise.
Federal agents smoke out an insidious Bay Area smuggling ring as part of their ceaseless efforts to keep our streets safe from illegal Cuban cigars
In 1995, Golden ADA Inc., a San Francisco diamond-importing firm, collapsed, unveiling an international trail of theft and betrayal that embarrassed San Francisco luminaries involved with the company. Now, newly unsealed court files show that high-level m
John Sayles' Lone Star limns the uncertain border between past and present