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POSTED October 17, 2012 9:08 p.m.

BORDER PATROL FINDS LIQUID METH WORTH $800K IN SUV: MURRIETA, Calif. (AP) — Border Patrol agents have found $844,000 worth of liquid methamphetamine hidden in a sport utility vehicle at a Southern California checkpoint.

Agents at the Interstate 15 checkpoint in Murrieta arrested the 23-year-old driver of the GMC Envoy and a passenger. Names are being withheld.

A Border Patrol news release says checkpoint agents became suspicious because the driver and passenger appeared to be nervous when they were stopped early Monday.

A drug-sniffing dog detected the drug inside the SUV and the liquid methamphetamine was found in four shampoo bottles and two antifreeze containers in the rear cargo area of the vehicle.

New indictment adds defendants in OxyContin ring

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A new Los Angeles federal indictment adds five more defendants, including four pharmacists, to the OxyContin prescription mill conspiracy case.

Sixteen people have now been charged with being a part of a conspiracy to distribute nearly a million of the painkilling pills.

Federal prosecutors say the Los Angeles-based prescription mill operators routed OxyContin pills to clinic operators and sold them on the street for up to $27 per pill.

Millions of dollars in false claims were billed to Medicare and Medi-Cal.

3 INDICTED BY FEDS FOR DISABILITY INSURANCE FRAUD: SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Three people, including an employee of California's Employment Development Department, have been indicted for defrauding the state out of more than $360,000 in disability insurance payments.

U.S. Attorney Benjamin Wagner said 35-year-old EDD employee Simeon Shawnise Gregory of Moreno Valley helped shepherd fraudulent disability claims through the agency by covering up warning flags and forging documents.

Officials say Trout paid Gregory up to half of her disability payments in exchange for her benefits being extended fraudulently.

Gregory is also accused of forging doctor's certificates to issue Campbell specific payments.

OCTOPUS USUALLY FOUND IN TROPICS FOUND OFF CALIF. : LOS ANGELES (AP) — A baseball-sized octopus usually found only in the tropics has been scooped up by fishermen off Los Angeles, and aquarium officials are fascinated.

Unusually warm fall weather and balmy ocean currents have created perfect conditions for the female Argonaut, or paper nautilus, a cephalopod rarely seen in Southern California.

The Torrance Daily Breeze reports fisherman who accidentally landed the octopus brought it to the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium this week.

The paper nautilus floats near the ocean surface, grasps small crustaceans and mollusks with its eight sucker-covered tentacles and gnaws on them with its tiny beak.

Aquarium director Mike Schaadt says the creatures spend their lives caught up in a warm current, where they are often gobbled up by swordfish, sailfish, tuna or blue sharks.

MONTEREY PARK WOMAN ARRESTED OVER BOTOX INJECTIONS: MONTEREY PARK, Calif. (AP) — A Monterey Park woman has been arrested on suspicion of providing Botox injections without a medical license after police say one of her clients suffered severe facial trauma.

The San Gabriel Valley Tribune says 60-year-old Donna Ching-Fang Kao was arrested last week and released on bail.

Lt. Carrie Mazelin says police began investigating Kao after a former client suffered facial trauma after receiving an injection at her home several months ago.

CALIF. REGULATORS PROBE CVS DRUG REFILLS POLICY: SACRAMENTO . (AP) — California regulators are investigating reports that CVS Caremark Corp. refilled prescriptions without patient consent.

The Los Angeles Times says customers in California and other states discovered CVS Caremark had renewed doctors' prescriptions and billed their insurance companies without their permission.

Some customers say they were enrolled in an automatic refill program without their knowledge.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services inspector general earlier began an investigation into allegations that CVS billed Medicare for medicine that patients hadn't ordered or picked up.

 

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