Operation Smoking Dragon Dismantling an International Smuggling Ring

The judge who recently sentenced Yi Qing Chen noted that the smuggler “never saw a criminal scheme he didn’t want a part of.” The Southern California man was convicted last October of distributing methamphetamine, trafficking approximately 800,000 cases of counterfeit cigarettes, and conspiracy to import Chinese-made shoulder-fired missiles into the U.S.

Chen is now serving a 25-year prison sentence, and his case marks the end of a long-running investigation called Operation Smoking Dragon.

Baseball Report

By Bob Hurst


They’re playing above .500, they’re in a divisional race, and their attendance is up. That has to be any team but the Pittsburgh Pirates, right?

Wrong. It is the Pirates, believe it or not.

A look at the standings on Tuesday showed the Pirates with a 44-41 record, just 1 1/2 games behind St. Louis in the NL Central, and a half-game behind Milwaukee for second place.