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Purported Gang Chief Is Held on Meth Count
LA Times ^ | April 20, 2006 | uliet Chung, Times Staff Writer

Posted on 04/21/2006 12:35:40 PM PDT by LNewman

An Anaheim man imprisoned after two police officers and a civilian were killed in a 1987 helicopter crash while pursuing him has been charged with selling methamphetamine.

Vincent William Acosta, 38, who authorities say is a north Orange County leader of the Mexican Mafia, is also charged with possessing a gun and drugs. He appeared in court Wednesday where a $1-million bond was set.

He could receive a 136-year prison sentence if convicted on all counts.

Acosta was arrested in 1987 after police helicopters from Newport Beach and Costa Mesa collided while chasing him. He was driving a stolen car.

Killed were Costa Mesa Officers James D. Ketchum, 39, and John W. Libolt, 39, and Jeffrey A. Pollard, 27, a civilian observer from Tustin who was riding with them.

Acosta led officers from five agencies on a 45-minute nighttime chase during which he drove as fast as 90 mph, without lights and on the wrong side of the road, before he fled on foot and was captured.

He spent about 10 years in prison for vehicular manslaughter after an appellate court overturned his conviction on three counts of murder.

Since his 1994 parole, Orange County prosecutors say, Acosta has served time in prison for felony child abuse, negligent discharge of a firearm, possession of a firearm by a felon, robberies, a residential burglary and assault with a firearm.

Acosta, who is only now eligible to be prosecuted under the three-strikes law, was arrested March 1 in the drug case.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Mexico; US: California
KEYWORDS: 3strikes; gangs; mexicanmafia; wod
Link at Orange County DA's press release page dated April 19 starts out:


Scheduled to be arraigned this morning at 10 a.m. in North Justice Center

1 posted on 04/21/2006 12:35:45 PM PDT by LNewman
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To: LNewman
A real judiciary over-achiever isn't he? This time lock him up and destroy the key.
2 posted on 04/21/2006 12:38:14 PM PDT by stm (Our country and world are at a crossroads; taking the wrong path is not an option.)
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To: LNewman
He is accused of selling a plastic baggie of meth for $750 and giving the buyer a discount because the baggie was not quite full.

A reputable drug dealer.

3 posted on 04/21/2006 12:43:14 PM PDT by SouthTexas
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To: LNewman

Only just now eligible for the 3-strike law? Seems there's about a dozen convictions just in the article.

4 posted on 04/21/2006 12:56:43 PM PDT by mtbopfuyn
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To: LNewman

"Acosta was arrested in 1987 ..."
"He spent about 10 years in prison..."
"Since his 1994 parole..."

Let's try this again:

He was arrested in 1987 and paroled in 1994.
During that time he spent how many years in prison?

More like 7 years, and at most 8 short years.
Definitely not 'about 10 years'.

5 posted on 04/21/2006 1:16:39 PM PDT by proudpapa (of three.)
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To: mtbopfuyn

He will be back on the street in no time.Remember,it is California.

6 posted on 04/21/2006 1:17:48 PM PDT by xarmydog
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To: xarmydog

Yeah, but next time he 'hits the street' it'll be face down.

Bank on it.

7 posted on 04/21/2006 3:06:13 PM PDT by HKMk23 (We keep you alive to serve this ship. Row well, and live.)
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To: HKMk23

We can only hope!

8 posted on 04/21/2006 8:30:02 PM PDT by xarmydog
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