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The deadly 1979 shootout at Dadeland Mall by drug traffickers – quickly dubbed "the Cocaine Cowboys" by a police officer on the scene — heralded the beginning of South Florida’s violent drug wars.
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Facebook feud led to boy's death, police say
A virtual argument on social media escalated into a hail of very real bullets that cost 6-year-old King Carter his life, police said in February, 2016. Two teens, one wearing a GPS ankle monitor, were seeking vengeance over a beef on Facebook when they opened fire outside a Northwest Miami-Dade apartment complex. Crossfire killed King, a Van E. Blanton Elementary School first-grader on his way to buy some candy.
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A new focus on trafficking of drugs from Colombia
February 2016 arrests reveal a new focus on drug trafficking from Colombia.
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Italian filmmaker was blamed in 1998 killing
Italian filmmaker Enrico Forti was found guilty in 2000 of killing Anthony "Dale" Pike, an Australian whose father owned a resort on the Spanish island Ibiza. Dale Pike flew to Miami Feb. 16, 1998, after he intercepted a fax where his father appeared to have signed his exclusive resort over to Forti. Forti offered to pick up him from Miami International Airport so they could talk it over. Hours later, Dale Pike was face down on a Key Biscayne beach, shot to death on his son's third birthday.
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Porky's Lounge notorious in the 1990s
Federal agents said in the 1990s that Porky's lounge in Hialeah, a strip club in the front room, was home to crimes from shipping cocaine to Europe to a novel scheme to smuggle contraband into California in a Cold War-vintage submarine. It got its name from a ribald low-budget film shot in South Florida in 1982. But cops called the strip joint something else: a winter watering hole for the Russian mob. Porky's owner Ludwig "Tarzan" Fainberg faced charges of racketeering and smuggling.
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The bad old days on North Biscayne Boulevard
In 1989, trying to break a chain of drug-dealing and prostitution encircling Biscayne Boulevard's aging motels, officials moved in, armed with lists of code violations. The motels clustered between Northeast 34th and 87th street on Miami's main thoroughfare, Biscayne Boulevard, had become sore spots for Northeast Miami residents. Built in the 1940s and '50s when Florida catered to a booming tourist trade, they began to deteriorate after construction of Interstate 95 in the 1960s drew potential customers off Biscayne Boulevard. Then the prostitutes and drug dealers began renting rooms in some of them to ply their trade. Between Jan. 1 and April 15, 1989, police said they made 96 prostitution arrests at or near the motels.
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Patricia James, convicted of plotting husband's murder
Patricia James was convicted in 1988 of talking a lonely ambulance dispatcher into killing her husband. Timothy Ott was conned into falling in love with her, sight unseen. James, who suffers from a facial deformity and blindness in one eye from a childhood surgery, sent him photos of models instead of herself. He proposed marriage and killed her husband, Bernard James, a park ranger.
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Abe's law: Prosecutor Abraham Laeser retires, 2009
Abraham Laeser, a 36-year prosecutor with the Miami-Dade state attorney's office, retired in 2009. At the time, Laeser was credited with sending more men to Death Row than any other prosecutor in the state. He also supervised or handled every homicide case for a decade, beginning in the 1980s, a tumultuous time in Miami's history that included major street riots in Overtown and Liberty City, the infamous cocaine-cowboy drug battles and the Mariel boatlift. Veterans of Miami's Justice Building say Miami lost its best prosecutor.
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1982 cocaine haul at Miami International set record
Customs agents checking a stack of ordinary-looking cardboard cartons on a Miami International Airport cargo dock made the then biggest single U.S. seizure of cocaine ever March 9, 1982, finding 3,748 pounds of coke packaged in 21 boxes.
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A guilty plea for Star Island star Claudio Osorio
Once a dashing Miami businessman who traveled around the globe, Claudio Osorio pleaded guilty in 2013 to stealing millions of dollars invested in his failed start-up to manufacture high-tech construction materials for low-cost housing in developing countries. Osorio and his wife once hosted fundraisers in their Star Island waterfront home for presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.