The Los Angeles Times from Los Angeles, California on December 6, 1983 · 7
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Tuesday, December 6, 1983
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1 6 Part 1Tuesday December 6 1983 MF Police Raid Plant Seize $1 Million in Pills By NIESON HIMMEL Times Staff Writer More than $I million in Quaalude pills and 1000 pounds of chemicals that could be used to manufacture 10 million more of the drug were seized by Los Angeles police narcotics detectives at a small Chatsworth industrial plant Monday night Two men one of them described as a fugitive from North Carolina on a Quaalude manufacturing charge were arrested in the raid and booked for investigation of conspiracy to manufacture methaqualone ( the generic name for Quaalude) Methaqualone is described in medical dictionaries as a "hypnotic and sedative" Quaaludes are widely used as "downers" in the youth drug culture Police Lt Kenneth Sieberg described the seizure as "the biggest of its kind in Los Angeles police history" and said officers have been seeking the location of the plant for two years Only recently he said the department received a tip on the location Seized at the plant were an eight-pill press vats CONFORTE: Back Continued from Page 3 county adjacent to Reno where Conforte's brothel the Mustang Ranch is located Prostitution is legal in many areas of Nevada Federal prosecutors reportedly were investigating whether Conforte's prostitutes were registering to vote several times Claiborne had been appointed a judge only a few months earlier and was presiding over the grand jury investigation In the other case Conforte allegedly drove to Oregon with a prostitute and claims he paid $50000 to the judge at a hotel in early 1979 while Claiborne was on judicial assignment in Portland The purpose of that alleged bribe was not disclosed Claiborne who once acted as Conforte's attorney has categorically denied accepting any bribes and accused the government of persecuting him The judge has had public disagreements with prosecutors for the US Justice Department's Organized Crime Strike Force in Las Vegas and with FBI officials there Joe Yablonsky special agent in charge of the FBI's Also contributing to this story was Times staff writer Ronald J Ostrow in Washington Las Vegas office admitted Monday that Conforte is under FBI protection but refused to disclose where he will be staying or how long the protection will last Asked if Conforte made a deal to testify against Claiborne Yablonsky replied: "Isn't that the purpose of bringing him back? Obviously there has to be a deal made but I can't comment on that" Conforte and his wife Sally were convicted in 1977 on charges of failing to collect and pay federal withholding taxes from non-prostitute employees of the Mustang Ranch and his restaurant in Gold Hill Nev The Internal Revenue Service placed liens on the properties Conforte was sentenced to 20 years in prison but that was subsequently reduced to five years He fled the country in December 1980 abandoning $240000 in federal and state bail The Confortes have separated Sally Conforte took over operation of the brothel and filed for protection under US bankruptcy laws to keep the IRS from collecting the debts Visits by FBI Agents Published reports and law enforcement officials say that Conforte was visited by FBI agents in Brazil and that he told them he would return to the United States and testify against Claiborne if his five-year prison sentence was reduced to one year and his $20-million tax liability cut to 835 million Even though Conforte managed to strike a deal with federal authorities he still faces state charges in Nevada Washoe County Dist Atty Mills Lane said Monday that he intends to arrest Conforte on charges that he tried to bribe former Lyon County Dist Atty John Giomi Conforte was arrested in 1979 after Giomi claimed that the brothel owner offered him $1000 for help in obtaining a license to operate a brothel in northern Lyon County At the time Conforte was reported as saying that he was just trying to hire Giomi as his attorney and added that Giomi was not in a position to help him as district attorney Lane said he was informed by the FBI that Conforte would be surrendering "soon" to Washoe County authorities but did not indicate when "Mr Conforte is going to have to go to prison and pay a fine" Lane said Monday "The maximum penalty he could get is a $10000 fine and 10 years in prison" Lane also indicated that Conforte might be allowed to testify in a federal civil trial involving charges by former Las Vegas private investigator Donn Baliotis that the brothel owner conspired to have him falsely arrested for setting fire to a Mustang Ranch addition Conforte has been a controversial figure in Nevada for years In 1976 Argentine boxer Oscar Bonavena was shot and killed outside the front gates of the Mustang Ranch by one of Conforte's security guards At the guard's murder trial Conforte gave dramatic testimony claiming that the slain boxer was romantically linked to Conforte's wife and that Bonavena threatened to kill him only hours before the fighter was shot In 1977 the Reno Evening Gazette and Nevada State Journal received a Pulitzer Prize for a series of editorials on brothels in Nevada and Conforte's negative influence on Reno 20 Seamen Rescued From Listing Ship NEW YORK (Ai—Twenty Chinese seamen aboard a Panamanian-registered ship were rescued Monday as their vessel listed after its cargo of lumber shifted in heavy seas about 1000 miles east of New York the Coast Guard said No injuries were reported r FRENCH ANTIQUE AUCTION LAMEST MENTES LIMON FROM FRANCE IN THE LAST DECADE COMM TO LA ON DEC 7 1943 Important lath & 19th Century Original French Furniture Bronzes Porcelains etc—Over 500 pieces TOMORROW WED DEC 7 11:30 AM tessits0 At Usages Through Dec 1 11000-1100 Deity Exquisite Louts XV and Louis XVI Paled Amebas' McAdoo Commodes Carols Choose at Orgasm Otspiny Cbetk LAInti Rabb &etc Moine boost Sots thserster6sk Desks Tobias Chsero Sods Drosses Marble AA Gismo Coolie CbstiesestA Emma Coy Candoisbrso Psinerses Vasco Porosisins Peary Signed by Linke boAs toils Sisals and otters M other lbw Moots 00 Au shoo briporlant plasm tom Insigne and Way CALL FON RESEAVAT1001-110ME tAINIMUSA WOO 213-10044140 J L Brunnor & Associates Antiqud and fin Arts Auaions 4355 W Pico Blvd LA Celt 100019 (2 &cocks Won al Crenshaw Bhd) Ameormare Tom Mum" San Lamar Cal Lie 1631 SYMPTOMS PUD ALLERGIES IOverweight (and can't lose 10) stuffy nose tired all the time depression rashes headaches stomach disorders diarrhea constipation A scientific blood test could eliminate your problems NATIONAL ALLERGY CLINICS (213) 653-0281 Also open Saturdays 10-4 DsEDUJEITER t§i ADVItISED PRIM WIN LET THEM HAVE A DRY BED The greatest gdt you can gore a bedwellor and ths reel or dr lamay Inc la an end to thla sewous arObrew and lhake no nustake bodyening ig serious 11010 01101100061011103 pay000109001 wordarna that last a Wilms II II BO noll1011 becauso bodottnd when nay Cebsod by 0ganic delecl 0 disegg4t can b ended Send tor ow dee brochure -13aduret bug — What It's All About and Now To End It A report by two mocks' doctors No obbgahon "Equally Effective for Adults" Arl 'auto ! 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The issue is not mutual trust but mutual sanity No-First-Use is the precondition of anyone's survival and of any further negotiations We in California have launched a campaign to place upon the ballot in 1984 an Initiative that will give the people a chance to vote on the policy of No-First-Use We cannot wait until "the day after" to speak out Mr President we are entitled to know where you now stand Is your policy No-First-Use of Nuclear Weapons or is it still the suicidal option of First-Use and the kind of war you now admit can never be won and must never be fought? You cannot have it both ways No-First-Use is the only way to a human future Dr John Somerville Campaign Chair Sanford H Champion Jr Vice Chair Simon Casady Treasurer Zelda Batt Secretary Therese Tana !ski World Federalist Association Rev Msgr Vincent Yzermans formerly Information Director American Catholic Bishops John Porter Natio la! Lawyers Guild Philip W Anderson Princeton Kenneth Arrow Stanford Julius Axelrod National Institute of Mental Health Barnj Benacerraf Harvard Paul Berg Stanford SUPPORTERS OF THE NO-FIRST-USE CAMPAIGN Honorary Chairman Dr Linus Pau ling Nobel Peace Laureate E R Johnson Editor The Churchman Prof John H E Fried Legal Consultant US War Crimes Tribunals Nuremberg Rita Anderson Retired Seniors Volunteer Program Dr Rose Somerville Professor Emerita San Diego State University Prof Ronald E Santoni Vice-President Union of American and Japanese Professionals Against Nuclear Omnicide 500000 signatures are needed on the official petition forms to put the initiative on the ballot Thousands of volunteers are needed to gather them If you are in favor of No-First-Use we will be glad to mail you petition forms for you and your friends to sign If in addition you are able to make a donation of $10 or more we will be able Ion Editor Milton Lowenthal Chair Ms V A Ralph hman Central Pennsylvania widow H E Fried UMPANO American Association of ultant US Nathan Sauberman PE Atomic Veterans s Tribunals Chair Washington DC Rev John M Swomley UMPANO St Paul School of on Retired Patricia T Bimie Chair Theology unteer Program G E Stockholders Alex Shames omerville Alliance Against Physicians for :merita San Nuclear Power Social Responsibility : University Prof Ronald Hirschbein David Bickel Id E Santoni California State President lent Union of University Chico Executive Property Ind Japanese John B Massen Management (ret) Is Against Northern California Dr William Eckhardt nnicide UNA Editor Peace Research (partial list—organizations for identification) THIRTY NOBEL LAUREATES ENDORSE NO-FIRST-USE OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS (compiled by Union of Concerned Scientists—partial list) Units Pau ling Linus Pau ling Institute of Science and Medicine Hans A Bethe Cornell Nicking Bloembergen Harvard Baruch S Blumberg Pennsylvania Herbert C Brown Purdue Carl F Cori Harvard James WCronin Chicago Margaret B Davis Minnesota Renato Dulbeeco UCSD John F Enders Harvard Paul J Flory Stanford Waiter Gilbert Harvard Donald A Glazer Berkeley Sheldon Lee Glashow Harvard Haldan Hart line Rockefeller Ronald Hoffman Cornell Robert W Holley Salk Institute ADD YOUR SIGNATURE TO THE OPEN LETTER AND HELP TO REPRINT THIS AD WE NEED YOUR HELP IN ORDER TO SUCCEED I Name (print) Phone Address City County State Zip O Add my name to the Open Letter O Send me the petition for signatures O Donation to Campaign Sylvia Shames Women's International League for Peace and Freedom Prof Stanislaw Dundon California Polytechnic State University Prof Lawrence Schwartz San Diego City College Prof Bernd Magnus University of California Riverside David Hubei Harvard Har Gobind Kborana MIT Tjaiing Koopmans Yale Polykarp Kuseb Texas Wassily Leontief NYU Fritz Lipman Rockefeller Salvador Luria MIT to reprint this ad and meet our office expenses Make checks payable to No-First-Use Campaign and mail to 1426 Merritt Drive El Cajon CA 92020 We are the only body legally registered for collection of donations to the California Nuclear Weapons No-First-Use Campaign (State ID 1822877) 111111 1111 IIEMMP BM ii 1 - - - - - - - filibitelbstOtkikar 1647mmossamitio- Milltin MB desabasto - -v1"m Ail - 4 : q ! ! 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