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Top Ten Cities for arresting Americans


The top 10 cities where Americans were arrested and the number taken into custody:
1. Tijuana: 520
2. Guadalajara: 416
3. Nuevo Laredo: 359
4. London: 274
5. Mexico City: 208
6. Toronto: 183
7. Nassau, Bahamas: 108
8. Mérida, Mexico: 99
9. Nogales, Mexico: 96
10. Hong Kong: 90

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2,500 citizens are arrested abroad. One third of the arrests are on drug-related charges. Many of those arrested assumed as U.S. citizens that they could not be arrested. From Asia to Africa, Europe to South America, citizens are finding out the hard way that drug possession or trafficking equals jail in foreign countries.
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Thursday, January 29

Barry Robinson, of College Avenue guilty on all 14 counts of an indictment charging him with selling cocaine

Barry Robinson, of College Avenue guilty on all 14 counts of an indictment charging him with selling cocaine to an undercover informant on Jan. 15, 24, 25, 30 and 31 of 2008. On two occasions, the jury found, Robinson was guilty of a law passed in 2006 accusing him of selling illegal drugs near a school. Robinson’s home is across the street from the Poughkeepsie Middle School.Under state law, Robinson faced a mandatory prison term because he was previously convicted of a felony within the last 10 years. He was arrested for the 2008 drug sales last Feb. 8, about 18 months after he finished serving a 6-to-12-year sentence on a previous conviction for drug sales. Robinson’s attorney, Lee Klein, said his client maintained his innocence and intended to appeal the conviction.

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Eugene Cobbs pleaded innocent Tuesday before U.S. Magistrate Judge James Siebert

Eugene Cobbs pleaded innocent Tuesday before U.S. Magistrate Judge James Siebert at the U.S. District Court in Wheeling.Cobbs had been a fugitive after a plane crash near the Wheeling-Ohio County Airport on December 18, 2004.Federal authorities said the Piper Aerostar twin-engine plane was loaded with 520 pounds of cocaine worth $24 million.Last month, Cobbs was arrested in Guadalajara, Mexico and returned to the U.SIf convicted, Cobbs faces up to 25 years in prison and more than $8 million in fines.

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Wednesday, January 28

Christopher Adams, of Buchanan Street, Blackpool, appeared at Preston Crown Court


Christopher Adams, of Buchanan Street, Blackpool, appeared at Preston Crown Court today (Tuesday, January 27) for sentencing after admitting three counts of supplying cocaine and one of possessing the drug with intent to supply.Operation Nimrod is an intelligence-led operation that targets drug crime across Lancashire.The operation was the culmination of months of evidence-gathering on alleged drug-dealing in Blackpool.A total of 64 people were charged with 222 offences.Lancashire Constabulary is working closely with everyone who plays a part in preventing crime, dealing with crime and working with offenders to make sure both the causes and consequences of drug-related crime are tackled.

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Police arrested Gregory Zaborowski, 48, of 104 Daniels Drive, Hawley, at his business, Long Life Transmission

Police arrested Gregory Zaborowski, 48, of 104 Daniels Drive, Hawley, at his business, Long Life Transmission, 7 Roosevelt St., Palmyra, where they discovered 65 packets of heroin, three firearms and more than $2,000 in cash.200 packets of heroin valued at $4,900, plus pills, cash and weapons, were seized at two sites in Wayne County on Tuesday, state police at Dunmore said.A search of his home led to 131 heroin packets, 129 pills, 20 weapons and a bulletproof vest. The unidentified pills were worth $645, police said.Mr. Zaborowski faces several drug-related charges with more pending, police said. He was arraigned Tuesday; bail information was unavailable.

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Eugene Cobbs pleaded innocent Tuesday

Eugene Cobbs pleaded innocent Tuesday before U.S. Magistrate Judge James Siebert at the U.S. District Court in Wheeling.Cobbs had been a fugitive after a plane crash near the Wheeling-Ohio County Airport on Dec. 18, 2004.Federal authorities said the Piper Aerostar twin-engine plane was loaded with 520 pounds of cocaine worth $24 million.Last month, Cobbs was arrested in Guadalajara, Mexico and returned to the U.S.If convicted, Cobbs faces up to 25 years in prison and more than $8 million in fines.

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Nigerian Ethelbert Nzeagwu, 42, appeared to be was a respectable IT engineer

Nigerian Ethelbert Nzeagwu, 42, appeared to be was a respectable IT engineer, but in reality he led a double life receiving and passing on £25,000 drug packages from South America at his Erith home.
The drugs were sent from Brazil to various European distribution centres including Frankfurt, Madrid and Coventry, before being posted as Parcel Force packages to Nzeagwu. He was caught when customs officers in Coventry intercepted a parcel addressed to a 'Paterson Alberta', at his address in Cooke Square. The dealer was arrested when he signed for the parcel, handed to him by an undercover officer dressed as a Parcel Force driver.. Jailing him last Thursday, Judge Richard Hawkins, QC, told Nzeagwu: "You were the recipient or intended recipient of some seven transactions relating to these drugs, and obviously the court must take a serious view of the conviction of such an offence.

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Monday, January 26

Edgar Peralta was carrying 17 bags of cocaine was shot in the arm after he tried to run from a pair of Queens narcotics cops during a bust

Edgar Peralta was carrying 17 bags of cocaine was shot in the arm after he tried to run from a pair of Queens narcotics cops during a bust, police said Sunday.Edgar Peralta, 27, was listed in stable condition and charged with three counts of possessing and selling drugs - even as investigators tried to determine whether the suspect had a weapon when he was shot, police sources said. Cops were dispatched to an apartment building on 45th Ave. in Flushing at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, police said.
An unmarked NYPD vehicle carrying a plainclothes sergeant and detective from the Queens narcotics unit arrived minutes later and the officers spotted Peralta walking from the building to his car, police said. When the officers approached the car, they saw Peralta smoking a joint, a police source said. Peralta then opened his car door and sprinted off, the source said. While it is not immediately clear what prompted the detective to open fire, cops confirmed that the officer - a seven-year veteran of the NYPD - fired once, striking Peralta in the right arm. Cops have not found any sign that Peralta was carrying a gun or knife, a police source said.

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Friday, January 23

James Anderson, 27, was convicted on all charges, which include two counts of possession with intent to deliver

James Anderson, 27, was convicted on all charges, which include two counts of possession with intent to deliver, two counts of conspiracy to possess drugs with intent to deliver, drug possession and possession of drug paraphernalia.The investigation progressed after an undercover drug buy was made from Anderson on Dec. 6, 2007, authorities said.His house was searched two days later.The Bedford County District Attorney’s Office said police seized heroin, at least $30,000 in cash and numerous firearms.Assets that were seized – which the state will seek to sell at auction – include a pickup, tractor and motorcycle.“Clearly, the jury did not believe Anderson’s convoluted story about being a hardworking auto mechanic that was able to save nearly $60,000 in cash over a two-year period, despite reporting only $65 in income to the IRS in 2006,” said Travis Livengood, assistant district attorney.“The jury saw James Anderson for exactly what he is – a drug dealer, plain and simple,” he said.Two others have been charged in connection with the ring.

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Yolanda Yvette Ugarte is being held without bond at the El Paso County Detention facility on possession with intent to distribute charges.


Drug sniffing dog alerted officers to a 2002 Nissan Altima that 22-year-old Yolanda Yvette Ugarte was driving about 4:30 p.m. Monday. CBP officers found $5,000 in cash and five bundles containing 26.8 lbs. of cocaine in a compartment in the car's undercarriage, officials said.Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents arrested Ugarte, who is a U.S. citizen residing in Socorro. She is being held without bond at the El Paso County Detention facility on possession with intent to distribute charges.The child was turned over to a relative after the drugs were seized, CBP officials said.

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Terrance Oneil Thomas was sentenced to 13 years imprisonment for possession with intent to distribute cocaine.

Terrance Oneil Thomas, age 36, of Florence, was sentenced by United States District Judge R. Bryan Harwell to 13 years imprisonment for possession with intent to distribute cocaine. On May 23, 2007, a Florence County Sheriff’s deputy conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle in which Thomas was a passenger. After receiving consent to search the vehicle and passengers, officers found 63 grams of powder cocaine in Thomas’ pants. The case was investigated by the Florence County Sheriff’s Office and the DEA, and Assistant United States Attorney Rose Mary Parham of the Florence office handled prosecution of the case.

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Carl "Snaps" Smith sentence also includes time for cooking some of the cocaine into crack

Carl "Snaps" Smith previously had pleaded guilty to drug charges in October. Smith's sentence also includes time for cooking some of the cocaine into crack at an Erie apartment on June 17. Smith will spend five years on probation after serving his 11-year, three-month prison sentence.

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Enrique Estrada Araque, 53, and Rene Manual Sanchez, 47, admitted to conspiring to possess with the intention of distributing at least 5 kilograms

Enrique Estrada Araque, 53, and Rene Manual Sanchez, 47, admitted to conspiring to possess with the intention of distributing at least 5 kilograms of cocaine.
Between September 2006 and March 2007, the men and other unnamed conspirators repeatedly brought cocaine to Minnesota, according to their plea agreements. They were arrested in 2007.

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Cameron McFarlane, 48, was caught with a large quantity of cocaine in his truck

Cameron McFarlane, 48, was caught with a large quantity of cocaine in his truck on the M80 motorway near Falkirk in central Scotland.McFarlane earlier pleaded guilty to being involved in the supply of a controlled substance and was sentenced at the High Court in Paisley.

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Keito Weston,was charged with sale of crack cocaine, possession of crack cocaine,

Keito Weston, 25, of New Britain was believed to be selling crack cocaine in the downtown area, Sgt. Marc Hughes of the Manchester Police Department said.
At 4 p.m. Thursday, Weston arrived at the downtown parking lot near the corner of Chestnut and Forest streets with two other men: Samille Etienne, 25, of Hartford, and a 17-year-old male, who was not identified because he is a minor.Weston went to the parking lot in order to sell crack cocaine to a man who turned out to be an undercover officer with the East Central Narcotics Task Force, Hughes said.
Narcotics officers and local police seized both marijuana and crack cocaine during the arrest. Both Etienne and the 17-year-old were found to be in possession of marijuana, Hughes said.Weston had three felony warrants charging him with previous crack cocaine sales to an undercover officer. He also was arrested in 2006 for sale of crack cocaine, Hughes said.All three men were arrested without incident.Weston was charged with sale of crack cocaine, possession of crack cocaine, possession of crack cocaine with intent to sell, and committing each of those crimes within 1,500-feet of a school.He also was charged with possession of less than 4 ounces of marijuana and interfering with an officer.He was held in lieu of $425,000 bond.
Both Etienne and the 17-year-old were charged with possession of less than 4 ounces of marijuana and possession of marijuana within 1,500-feet of a school.
Etienne was held in lieu of $25,000 bond.The 17-year-old was released on a $25,000 nonsurety bond.Both Weston and Etienne were to be arraigned today in Manchester Superior Court.

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Eugenio Montoya Sanchez, 38, the brother of alleged North Valley mastermind Diego Montoya Sanchez, faces between 10 and 30 years in prison

Eugenio Montoya Sanchez, 38, the brother of alleged North Valley mastermind Diego Montoya Sanchez, faces between 10 and 30 years in prison when he is sentenced April 3. The maximum life sentence is prohibited under Colombia's extradition agreement with the U.S.Prosecutors say the Montoyas oversaw a drug empire that smuggled cocaine worth some $10 billion to the U.S. beginning in the early 1990s.Eugenio Montoya admitted in court Friday that he handled the cartel's finances and money-laundering work, including a series of cash "stash houses" in Colombia where as much as $20 million in U.S. currency was hidden. Montoya also acknowledged playing a role in the August 2003 torture, killing and dismemberment of a confederate whom cartel leaders feared was cooperating with authorities."Yes, your honor," Montoya answered when U.S. District Judge Cecilia M. Altonaga asked if the allegations were true.
"You were a high-ranking manager," Altonaga said.Montoya was arrested in January 2007 at a farm outside Cali, Colombia, and later extradited to the U.S. The North Valley cartel emerged in the 1990s as the leading exporter of cocaine to the U.S. - usually via Mexican land routes - following the demise of the earlier Cali and Medellin cartels.

In a written plea agreement, Montoya said he would cooperate with U.S. investigations - possibly including his brother's case - and assist in identifying property and other drug-tainted assets that could be forfeited. That cooperation could result in a future reduction in Montoya's sentence.

Montoya's attorney, Ruben Oliva, said the plea deal was the best possible outcome for his client, who would have faced more prison time if the case had gone to trial. Under the agreement, 10 other charges will be dropped.Diego Montoya, 46, was extradited to Miami on Dec. 12 to face the same indictment as his brother. He has not yet entered a plea.A third Montoya brother who helped run the cartel, Juan Carlos Montoya Sanchez, previously pleaded guilty and was sentenced in 2006 to nearly 22 years in federal prison.

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Andrew Lee Usher, formally of 15 Westerham Grove, Beechwood,recovered 250 grams of very high purity cocaine, with about 600.00 cash, when they raided

Andrew Lee Usher, formally of 15 Westerham Grove, Beechwood, was ordered by a court to hand over £71,000 of goods. Teesside Crown Court ruled that he had illegally earned £171,060.71. Middlesbrough Drugs Unit recovered 250 grams of very high purity cocaine, with about £600.00 cash, when they raided his home in March 2005. They also recovered a pistol together with ammunition and a stun gun. Usher was arrested later that day and claimed that he was looking after the drugs for someone. He admitted purchasing the pistol whilst on holiday and that he had found the stun gun in his partners car. In September 2006, Usher was sentenced to three years six months for the drugs offence and 18 months and 12 months for possession of the pistol and stun gun after he pleaded guilty. Detective Inspector Mel Ashley, of Cleveland Police, said: "This is another example of the effects of pursuing the benefits of crime by these individuals and those connected with them. It sends a powerful message that we will continue to seek courts orders which will ultimately remove the financial gains of drug dealing from those who choose to push their drugs on the streets of Middlesbrough."

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Thursday, January 22

Daniel James Eaton, pleaded guilty to a felony charge of possession with intent to deliver cocaine

Daniel James Eaton, 25, of the 400 block of Mervine Street, was sentenced in Montgomery County Court to six to 23 months in the county jail after he pleaded guilty to a felony charge of possession with intent to deliver cocaine in connection with a September 2008 incident in the township.Judge Paul W. Tressler, who accepted a plea agreement in the case, also ordered Eaton to complete two years’ probation after he’s paroled from jail. Eaton is eligible for the jail’s work release program during his incarceration.Other charges of possessing a small amount of marijuana and possessing drug paraphernalia were dismissed against Eaton as part of the plea agreement.Court documents indicate township detectives, armed with a warrant, searched Eaton’s home on Sept. 10 after receiving a tip that there were marijuana plants and drug paraphernalia in the home.Upon arrival, detectives seized two small marijuana plants that were found growing in a bedroom of the residence, according to the arrest affidavit. Detectives also discovered three small, clear bags of a white powdery substance setting on a shelf with the marijuana plants.In another bedroom, detectives recovered a hypodermic needle, and in the living room authorities seized two spoons containing a white powdery substance consistent with cocaine, according to the criminal complaint.When he was interviewed by detectives, Eaton confessed to growing the marijuana plants, court documents alleged.“He also admitted that he has both used and sold illegal drugs,” Lower Pottsgrove Detective Sgt. Michael Foltz wrote in the arrest affidavit.Eaton also admitted that the residue found on the seized spoons in the living and in some of the clear bags was cocaine. However, Eaton maintained the clear bags found in the bedroom “may have been some sort of imitation substance he packaged to look like cocaine,” according to the criminal complaint.

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Rhys W. Short, brought a backpack to an underage party that allegedly had pre-packaged grams of cocaine


Rhys W. Short, a Portland resident, brought a backpack to an underage party that allegedly had pre-packaged grams of cocaine and brass knuckles in it, according to investigators. A 9-millimeter pistol and switchblade knife were found near the backpack and were identified as belonging to Short, police said. The homeowner was not present at the time of the incident but was later charged with providing premises for the consumption of alcohol by minors. Short was on felony probation from Multnomah County Juvenile Department at the time of his arrest, according to detectives. Another person at the party was a registered sex offender, police said

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Durwood Milton Gwyn, 32, had pleaded guilty to possession and distribution of crack cocaine


Durwood Milton Gwyn, 32, had pleaded guilty to possession and distribution of crack cocaine to an undercover informant almost a year ago. He had 41 grams of crack on him when taken into arrest, prosecutors said. Gwyn had two previous convictions of cocaine delivery and twice possessed cocaine with intent to sell within 1,000-feet of a school. Prosecutors said Gwyn was an associate of the Bloods street gang, and is career criminal.

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Chris Lewis has appeared in court charged with trying to smuggle cocaine with an estimated value of £200,000 through Gatwick Airport.


Chris Lewis has appeared in court charged with trying to smuggle cocaine with an estimated value of £200,000 through Gatwick Airport.The 40-year-old, of Bruce Road, Brent, north London, appeared via video link at Mid Sussex Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, alongside co-defendant Chad Kirnon, of Islington, also north London.
Lewis has not entered a plea but Kirnon denies the charge of attempting to import cocaine.No applications for bail were made and the pair were remanded in custody to appear at Croydon Crown Court next month.The charges relate to a routine search of baggage by customs officials after a flight from St Lucia in the Caribbean arrived at Gatwick on December 8.

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Felicia J. Bowen,a Falcon Cove Middle School teacher's assistant, was arrested Tuesday.


Felicia J. Bowen, 41, is suspected of buying 2.3 grams of cocaine Dec. 17 in a truck stop parking lot, according to the Broward Sheriff's Office. When deputies approached her, she admitted to the transaction and pulled the small, clear bags containing the powder out of her bra, the Sheriff's Office said.
After an investigation, Bowen, a Falcon Cove Middle School teacher's assistant, was arrested Tuesday. She was released from jail on $1,000 bond.On Jan. 13, Orlando Dager, then a substitute teacher at Cypress Bay High School, landed in jail when a deputy pulled him over and found eight bags — or four pounds — of marijuana in his car. Dager, 24, of Southwest Ranches, has since been released from jail on bond.
Bowen, of Pembroke Pines, also was convicted of a misdemeanor charge of marijuana possession in 2003, public records show. She was sentenced to three days in jail.
The Broward School District hired her in 2000, and her annual salary is $16,406, district spokesman Andrew Feirstein said. She will be reassigned to a position away from children while district officials investigate.

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Tuesday, January 20

Lawrence Vigil, 25, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute cocaine.

Lawrence Vigil, 25, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute cocaine. Joe Brewer, 21, has reached a plea agreement, according to federal court documents, but had not officially entered a guilty plea as of Jan. 13.According to federal court documents, Vigil admitted bringing cocaine from Denver, repackaging it and distributing it throughout the Pine Ridge area. The conspiracy began in 2002. Brewer admitted to distributing cocaine.Two co-defendants in the case, Alvina White Bull and Lyle Wilson, are still scheduled for trial in March. Brandon Ecoffey, 25, is also awaiting trial.Daryl Saucedo, 22, Oglala, and Tyler Eagle Bull, 23, have pleaded guilty and are awaiting sentencing. Dominique "Dom" Saucedo, 25, Pine Ridge, and Manuel Garcia, Aurora, Colo., pleaded guilty and have been sentenced.Vigil faces a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison with a maximum of life in prison and a $4 million fine. He is in custody pending sentencing March 30.

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Saturday, January 17

Quirino Paulino admitted before the New York Prosecutor’s Office to having shipped around 33 tons of cocaine to the United States


Quirino Paulino admitted before the New York Prosecutor’s Office to having shipped around 33 tons of cocaine to the United States from 1996 to 2002 and laundering millions of dollars originating from drug trafficking. The figures are in Paulino’s plea bargaining agreement with New York’s South District Office of the Prosecutor
This document, as far as the part that concerns Dominican Republic, was introduced yesterday in the National District Court of Appeals, during the hearing in the case against Paulino’s wife, Belkis Elizabeth Ubrí, where she appealed her 5 year prison sentence laundering money from drug trafficking.In the hearing the Justice Ministry dropped the charges against Ubrí, but the judge postponed it for February 19, to give her lawyers time to file a translation of Paulino’s agreement with United States authorities. The document was filed at the request of the lawyers of the codefendant in the case,m retired colonel Pedro Julio Goíco (Pepe).
The document also states that Paulino gave to the United States US$14.5 million, money that the U.S. authorities decided to cede to the Dominican authorities, as part of the agreement.

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Leroy Carr, 47, of Federal Way, Washington was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Seattle to 14 years in prison

Leroy Carr, 47, of Federal Way, Washington was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Seattle to 14 years in prison and five years of supervised release for Possession of Cocaine with Intent to Distribute.On August 7, 2007, Carr contacted ICE agents at the border claiming that he had stashed 31 kilograms of cocaine in two blue backpacks near the border. Carr indicated the drugs were hidden in the brush near the entrance to a boy scout camp. Carr said he stashed the drugs August 3rd, and when he returned on August 4th, they were gone. CARR wanted the ICE agents to put out a press release saying the government had seized the drugs, so that the organized criminal group he works for would not retaliate against him for stealing the drugs. Two weeks later, on August 21, 2007, a Boy Scout Ranger called the Northwest Regional Drug Task Force and reported two blue backpacks he had just found near the entrance to a Boy Scout camp that appeared to contain cocaine. The backpacks were dry and in good shape. Tests showed they contained 31 kilograms of cocaine.At trial Carr testified falsely, trying to claim he never possessed the drugs and didn’t really know where they were, even though he had specifically described the location to the ICE agents and even drew them a map.

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Charles Alan Ramsay, was charged this morning with two counts of felony possession of cocaine.


Charles Alan Ramsay, was charged this morning with two counts of felony possession of cocaine.Ramsay, 41, was charged with third-degree possession of three grams or more of cocaine, which carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. He was also charged with a lesser, included charge of fifth-degree possession of cocaine. Ramsay was arrested Thursday afternoon shortly after Nissalke pleaded guilty to terroristic threats for an incident in May.Winona Police Investigator Jay Rasmussen noticed Ramsay exhibiting “suspicious behavior” after coming out of a bathroom on the third floor of the courthouse around 1 p.m., Winona Police Deputy Chief Paul Bostrack said. Police Chief Frank Pomeroy said Ramsay had been touching his nose with his hands “as if he had just ingested something with his nose.”
Police evidence technician Angela Evans went into the conference room Ramsay had been using as a make-shift office and discovered a trace amount of cocaine on the table, according to reports.The Winona County Attorney’s Office was contacted and the case was referred to the sheriff’s department, which has jurisdiction over the courthouse.Ramsay was arrested around 3:30 p.m. by three officers, including Sheriff Dave Brand. Brand said a K9 unit sniffed Ramsay’s coat and briefcase and “got a hit” on the briefcase. A search warrant was executed on the case and other items, and police found cocaine, Brand said.Ramsay was held in the Olmsted County Jail overnight Thursday and made his first appearance in court this morning. Assistant City Attorney Bruce Nelson requested bail be set at $10,000 and requested a blood test from Ramsay before he could be released. Ramsay protested, saying a search warrant would be necessary. Judge Jeff Thompson set bail at $10,000 and denied Nelson’s request. Ramsay posted bail shortly after the hearing.Ramsay’s case will be prosecuted by the Dakota County Attorney’s Office because of conflicts of interest in the Winona County Attorney’s Office.It was not immediately clear how the charges would affect Nissalke’s plea deal or his pending charges of murder in the 1985 stabbing death of Ada Frances Senenfelder.

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Friday, January 16

Anthony Hyginus, a suspected drug pusher was made to excrete 99 wraps of cocaine.

suicide mission embarked upon by Anthony Hyginus, a suspected drug pusher, on his way to Spain on Christmas day was terminated when he was made to excrete 99 wraps of cocaine.He had swallowed them after he was arrested at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos.National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) Spokesman, Mitchell Ofoyeju, said Hyginus excreted the 99 wraps, but doctors had to operate on him to take out another wrap, making a total 100.Hyginus is recuperating at a hospital in Lagos.Mitchell quoted NDLEA Chairman, Ahmadu Giad, as saying that "others must learn from Hyginus' case and shun drug trafficking."We have lost some young and promising Nigerians as a result of drug ingestion. This unwholesome habit must stop."Hyginus, who hails from Imo State, said he was promised 3,500 Euros to deliver the drug in Spain.

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police arrested Alfredo Portales and Reva Martinez,

police arrested Alfredo Portales, 32, believed to be from Wisconsin, and Reva Martinez, 30, unknown address, according to a news release.Portales is being held on suspicion of first-degree possession of a controlled substance and felon in possession of a firearm. Martinez is being held on suspicion of first-degree possession of a controlled substance.A search warrant was then executed that resulted in the seizure of three-fourths of a pound of marijuana and a small amount of white heroin. That led to the arrest of Raul Garcia, 28, Moorhead, who is being held on suspicion of second-degree and fourth-degree controlled substance possession, the release said.Police also arrested Ruben Medrano, 39, Moorhead, during the investigation on outstanding felony warrants, the release said.
Authorities from the Moorhead Police Department, Clay County Sheriff’s Department, West Fargo Police Department and the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigations conducted the investigation, the release said.

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Jorge Solano Cortes was flown to the United States on Thursday

Jorge Solano Cortes was detained by Togolese police in November in an anti-drugs operation backed by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Seven other Colombians, a Costa Rican and a Mexican were also detained, along with a South African, a Ghanaian and two Togolese.Police said the group was planning to fly 500 kg of cocaine from the northern town of Niamtougou in Togo, which is sandwiched between Ghana and Benin, to the Atlantic port of Lome from where it was to be smuggled in containers to Europe.Solano Cortes was flown to the United States on Thursday, Togo's government said in a statement, after it agreed to an extradition request from the U.S. Justice Department. He was wanted in the United States on charges of cocaine-smuggling.United Nations anti-narcotics experts say an increase of cocaine trafficking on West Africa's Atlantic seaboard in recent years has turned it into a "Coke Coast", with Colombian cartels using flotillas of planes and boats to smuggle drugs to Europe.Traffickers work with locals, sometimes in government or military and police circles, the experts say.Over the last three years, law enforcement authorities have made major cocaine seizures in Guinea-Bissau, Senegal, Mauritania and Sierra Leone and have also focused on bauxite-producer Guinea as a suspected trans-shipment hub.The experts say this pressure has driven the traffickers to seek out smaller states like Gambia, Togo or Benin

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Ivan Gonzalez-Bejarano Colombian drug lord was sentenced to life in prison

Ivan Gonzalez-Bejarano was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Steven D. Merryday to life in prison on charges of conspiring to import and distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine.In a related case, five Jamaican nationals have pleaded guilty to charges of smuggling drugs into the U.S., the U.S. Attorney's Office announced today.The two investigations were conducted by Operation Panama Express, which targets Colombian drug smuggling operations. Members of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the FBI, IRS and U.S. Coast Guard are part of the task force.
Prosecutors call Gonzalez-Bejarano a "Colombian cocaine kingpin," and he was found guilty of the charges in October after a two-week jury trial.For more than 20 years, Gonzalez-Bejarano was the head of an organization that smuggled into the U.S. about 30,000 kilograms of cocaine that had a wholesale value of more than $500 million, according to testimony at the trial. U.S. Attorney's Office announced that five Jamaican nationals extradited to the U.S. in July each pleaded guilty to drug smuggling charges.They are: Robroy Williams, nicknamed "Spy," 51; Norris Nembhard, known as "Dido," 53; Glenford Williams, also known as "Toe," 55; Vivian Dalley, nicknamed "Jungo," 49; and Herbert Henry, known as "Scary," 46.The five people pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to import more than five kilograms of cocaine and more than 1,000 kilograms of marijuana into the U.S., prosecutors say.
Williams also pleaded guilty to conspiring to possess with intent to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine while aboard a vessel subject to the jurisdiction of the U.S., prosecutors say.According to court documents, Jamaica serves as a shipment point for cocaine from Colombia to the U.S. Williams and Nembhard made deals to accept delivery in Jamaica of cocaine shipments between 600 and 1,000 kilograms, prosecutors say.The cocaine was delivered by go-fast vessels, and small quantities from these shipments were sold in Jamaica with larger quantities going to the U.S. by air or sea, often through the Bahamas, prosecutors say.In Jamaica, the cocaine, along with large amounts of marijuana and hash oil, was stored in rural safe houses controlled by Williams and maintained by co-defendants Glenford Williams and Ivan Kenneth Huggins, who were sentenced in 2006.The go-fast boats landed at various Jamaican beaches, including Negril and Montego Bay, investigators say. Robroy Williams and Nembhard paid members of the Jamaican Constabulary Force, including co-defendant Herbert Henry, to provide security and transportation of the cocaine, prosecutors say.Couriers and money changers, including Dalley, returned the money made from the sale of cocaine to Colombia, prosecutors say.

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Johanne Axelexen Vinther Sentenced To 15 Years In Prison In Cambodia

Johanne Axelexen Vinther, 45, was arrested at a post office in the capital Phnom Penh last year as she tried to send 10,761 tablets containing codeine in packages to the U.S. and Canada.The drugs can be easily bought at street-side pharmacies throughout Phnom Penh, but are restricted in most Western countries.Chhay Kong, a judge at Phnom Penh Municipal Court, said Vinther was guilty of drug trafficking and sentenced her to 15 years in jail.The judge also ordered Vinther to pay a fine of $7,500.Chhay Kong also sentenced a 28-year-old son of Vinther in absentia to 15 years behind bars and ordered him to pay a fine of the same amount.Vinther denied she smuggled the drug, calling the verdict against her and her son "unjust."
"I did not commit any crimes. They (judges) don't even know what codeine is. They compare it to heroin. It was never heroin. It is not a hard drug," she said after the court hearing."It is something for the pain - painkillers."Vinther said she would appeal against the verdict within a month and would even seek a "royal pardon" from Cambodia's King Norodom Sihamoni.Impoverished Cambodia is becoming an increasingly popular trafficking point for methamphetamines and heroin, particularly since neighboring Thailand toughened its stance against illegal drugs in 2002.However, arrests for violations involving pharmaceuticals are much less common.

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Thursday, January 15

James Brown, 33,and Aurora Chavies, 27 were charged with possession of cocaine and for intent to distribute the cocaine

James Brown, 33, of South Amboy, and Aurora Chavies, 27, of Perth Amboy, were charged with possession of cocaine and for intent to distribute the cocaine, police said. Brown was additionally charged with resisting arrest when he attempted to flee. "A detective from the township's Special Investigations and Narcotics Unit observed a 2000 Chrysler Concord swerving on Florida Grove Road in Hopelawn," said Capt. Robert Hubner, head of the unit. Hubner said police stopped the Concord and saw the cocaine in the back seat. Police recovered seven individual bags of cocaine and two large bags of cocaine, which amounted to 9 ½ ounces of the controlled dangerous substance, police said. Police also seized $1,489 in cash from Brown.
Bail for Brown and Chavies was set at $50,000 each, with no 10 percent option.

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Esteban Garza, 33, was charged by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers with possession with intent to distribute 13.72 kilograms of cocaine

Esteban Garza, 33, was charged by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers with possession with intent to distribute 13.72 kilograms of cocaineThe arrest took place Sunday at 5:41 p.m. when Garza drove a 2001 Ford Explorer to an inspection booth. The suspect gave a negative declaration when asked if he had anything to declare and said that the vehicle belonged to a friend, the criminal complaint stated.The agency press release said Garza was sent to a secondary inspection station where other officers noticed possible tampering in an area behind the vehicle's backseat. Cisco, a narcotics detecting dog, was brought to the vehicle and confirmed the officers' suspicions by alerting them to the presence of drugs inside the vehicle, the release said. Field operations officers discovered 20 packages containing 13.72 kilograms. or over 30 pounds of cocaine valued at nearly $1million, authorities added.
Garza was arrested by CBP and turned over to ICE for further investigation and prosecution.According to the criminal complaint, Garza was going to be paid $1,000 for transporting an unspecified amount of drugs into the U.S.

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Desmond W. Thompson, 39, has been charged with first degree drug trafficking in the first degree.

A Missouri Highway Patrol Trooper who made a traffic stop yesterday and took an alleged drug dealer off the streets.After speaking with the driver, the trooper became suspicious of criminal activity, and asked for and received consent to search the vehicle where five kilos of cocaine were found.Desmond W. Thompson, 39, of Brooklyn, NY., has been charged with first degree drug trafficking in the first degree. He is scheduled to be back in court on February 11, 2009 for his preliminary hearing.Thompson is being held in the Greene County jail on $75,000 bond.

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Wednesday, January 14

Former England cricketer Chris Lewis was further detained by police after he appeared in court to be charged with attempted drug smuggling.

Former England cricketer Chris Lewis was further detained by police Wednesday after he appeared in court to be charged with attempted drug smuggling.The 40-year-old former allrounder was arrested last month at Gatwick Airport when nearly 9lb (4kg) of liquid cocaine, worth about 200,000 pounds ($295,910; €229,290), was found in his baggage hidden in fruit tins.Lewis, who played 32 tests and 53 one-day internationals in the 1990s, had flown in from the Caribbean island of St. Lucia with former amateur basketball player Chad Kirnon, who was also charged Wednesday.
Lewis spoke only to confirm his name and date of birth during a brief appearance and will reappear at the same court on Jan. 21.Lewis had a low batting average of 23 and retired from county cricket in 2000 because of a persistent hip injury after spells with Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire and Surrey.He played one match last season for Surrey's Twenty20 team but he scored just two runs and conceded 29 runs off two overs. His attempted comeback then ended because of injury.

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Sunday, January 11

Sam Taylor Nepal bureau chief of French news agency Agence France Presse (AFP) has been detained by Kathmandu’s drug squad

British citizen Sam Taylor was detained from a restaurant in Thamel, the capital’s tourist hub, Friday by a police patrol.The Nepal bureau chief of French news agency Agence France Presse (AFP) has been detained by Kathmandu’s drug squad on the suspicion of possessing drugs, police said.An official at the Sorukhutte police station that has jurisdiction over Thamel told IANS that Taylor has been kept under detention for further investigation.Taylor had taken charge in Nepal around three years ago. Prior to this, he had worked in Vietnam for German news agency DPA.Since the Maoists formed the government last year, Home Minister Bam Dev Gautam has called for an anti-sleaze crackdown in Thamel, known for its infamous massage parlours and dance bars that serve as a front for sex workers.Taylor’s detention comes after a high-profile drug arrest in Singapore last year.In July, Peter Lloyd, the New Delhi-based correspondent of Australian Broadcasting Corporation, was arrested in Singapore for alleged drugs possession while on vacation.

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Friday, January 9

Gerald Moore Jr., who is charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver heroin, conspiracy to sell and deliver heroin



Gerald Moore Jr. (left) and Berthiah Long II were arrested in a residence where authorities seized heroin, marijuana and related supplies. New Hanover County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a local man and seized 54 bags of heroin, a handgun and the red star stamp they say he used to market his product from his home Thursday night.After a two-week undercover investigation, 10 deputies served a search warrant at 502 Angelfish Court at 6:30 p.m., according to Capt. David Ciamillo.Inside, deputies found the heroin and a .38-caliber revolver, Ciamillo said, as well as “saleable amounts” of marijuana and the glycine baggies, rubber bands and red star stamp used to package the heroin.The residence belonged to Gerald Moore Jr., who is charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver heroin, conspiracy to sell and deliver heroin, manufacturing of heroin, possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana and maintaining a dwelling for the purpose of selling those controlled substances. Moore was also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. He is being held under a $50,000 secured bond.Berthiah Long II was also in the dwelling and is charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver heroin, conspiracy to sell and deliver heroin and possession of a firearm by a felon. He posted a bond of $15,000 after the arrest.Ciamillo said the investigation was part of a crackdown by the Sheriff’s Office on heroin distribution in New Hanover County. “We are doing everything humanly possible to curb this problem,” Ciamillo said.

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Eladio Valadez has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for trying to smuggle 182 pounds of marijuana across the Sarita checkpoint

It took a jury about half an hour Wednesday to reach a guilty verdict against Eladio Valadez in the 105th District Court in Kingsville.The 51-year-old Alice man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for trying to smuggle 182 pounds of marijuana across the Sarita checkpoint.Valadez was facing a second-degree felony charge of possession of marijuana, but a prior drug conviction elevated the charge to a first-degree felony, said District Attorney John Hubert.Visiting Judge Federico Hinojosa handed down the 20-year prison sentence. Valadez faced as long as life in prison.Hubert said Border Patrol stopped Valadez at the Sarita Checkpoint on April 6 and found the marijuana hidden amongst boxes of fruit. According to testimony, Valadez was a professional drug smuggler who had smuggled marijuana past the checkpoint before and brought it into Corpus Christi.

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Ling Yiu-kay, 55, pleaded guilty to two counts of trafficking in dangerous drugs, one of which involved the minor.

In sentencing, High Court Judge Judianna Barnes Wai-ling said though Ling was not the mastermind of the drug trafficking scheme, the case was aggravated by the fact that a child was used .The judge also said that Ling committed the offense when he was on bail for another drug offense, and that most of his 15 previous convictions were drug-related.The Primary 4 girl is now in the custody of Po Leung Kuk. Her 50-year- old mother was once charged with ill- treatment, a count later dropped because of a lack of evidence.The court had heard that Ling was introduced to the girl's mother by a friend. It was alleged the mother instructed her to travel to Shenzhen on her own to collect a "gift," even though the girl said she was reluctant to do so.
Immigration records showed that from July 2007, Ling and the girl traveled together to and from Shenzhen more than 40 times. The girl traveled alone to the Lo Wu checkpoint to collect the heroin and midazolam tablets and took them back to Hong Kong in her rucksack.

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Thursday, January 8

Rex Pelote Sr., a leader of a local narcotics ring, pleaded guilty to a federal drug-trafficking charge.

Rex Pelote Sr., a leader of a local narcotics ring, pleaded guilty to a federal drug-trafficking charge. Pelote Sr., 44, lived on the 800 block of 21 Street NE, pled guilty to “conspiracy to distribute one kilogram or more of heroin.” His guilty plea was entered in U.S. District Court on Tuesday.Pelote, according to the release, “led a heroin distribution ring that operated in the Langston Terrace” housing project. Pelote’s “lieutenant,” Edward T. “Bootsy” Farley, 47, also entered a guilty plea on the conspiracy charge.The release goes on to state that four of Pelote’s street-level dealers also pled guilty to a conspiracy charge: Charles “Black” McRae, 57, Gerald “Orleans” Anderson, 40, Dannie “Smiley” Jones, 54, and Cornelius “Chuck” Farley, 40.The defendants will be sentenced on March 18, 2009. Pelote and Farley face sentences of 17 years and 15 years.“According to the evidence the government would have presented at trial, between at least April 2007 and April 2008, Pelote controlled an organization that was responsible for smuggling heroin into the District of Columbia, processing and packaging that heroin, and selling it in Langston Terrace, NE,” the release states. “Edward Farley assisted Pelote in distributing the drugs to various runners for street-level distribution.”Evidence recovered in various stash house included secret drug containers (”false-bottom cans”), hundreds of small, empty ziplock bags, thousands in cash, and “numerous bags of heroin.”The U.S. Attorney’s Office notes that law enforcement was prepared to present audio and video evidence of multiple drug buys from various members of the conspiracy. “A court-ordered wiretap revealed telephone conversations between Pelote and his co-conspirators in which they coordinated their extensive

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Tuesday, January 6

David Trejo was sentenced to 60 years

David Trejo was sentenced to 60 years by Circuit Judge Samac Richardson for possession of more than 2 kilos of cocaine with a street value of more than $50,000.
Trejo was sentenced as a subsequent drug offender and also as a habitual offender, meaning he must serve the complete 60-year sentence."Cocaine is one of the most dangerous and most addictive drugs sold on our streets," said Guest. "Those who supply these drugs are some of the worst offenders because of the negative impact that drugs have on our society. Drugs are at the root of many of the crimes that we see in the district attorney's office, so I am proud that we were able to remove a drug dealer from our society for six decades."During a routine traffic stop, a Madison County sheriff's deputy asked Trejo for his license, noticing that Trejo and his passenger were acting nervous. The deputy also noticed a strong odor of air freshener.The deputy went back to his car and called in the driver's license number and learned that Trejo had previously been arrested for possession of marijuana and also for possession of cocaine with intent to distribute. He then requested a search of the car, which Trejo denied.The deputy advised both Trejo and his passenger that he would use a drug dog and that both would have to exit the vehicle. When the deputy approached the passenger, she turned away from him. The deputy then asked her to turn in his direction, and when she did, the deputy saw what was later determined to be several bricks of cocaine under her shirt. At the scene, Trejo told the deputy that the cocaine was his.

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Sunday, January 4

Ronald E. Fusko,and Dallas E. Abbott seized an undisclosed amount of crack cocaine from the men and charged each with cocaine possession

Ronald E. Fusko, 48, of 2230 Sixth St. SW, and Dallas E. Abbott, 47, of 2316 Gridley Ave. NE, were arrested at 7:17 p.m. Friday at Shroyer Avenue and Third Street SW, Stark County Jail records said.Canton Police pulled over the car, driven by Abbott, who failed to use his turn signal, jail records said. Abbott was also driving with a license that had been suspended.Police seized an undisclosed amount of crack cocaine from the men and charged each with cocaine possession. Fusko was additionally charged with drug paraphernalia possession and Abbott with driving under suspension.

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Myron Brown, charged with possession of heroin and marijuana, intent to distribute

Myron Brown, 25, was lodged in the Atlantic County Jail in lieu of $125,000 bail.
He is charged with possession of heroin and marijuana, intent to distribute, eluding police and resisting arrest, as well as several motor-vehicle citations.
Police saw Brown making "a hand-to-hand drug transaction" at about 7:20 p.m. on the 1300 block of Caspian Avenue. Brown tried to drive away from police, out of Atlantic City, and near the Casino Motel in Absecon he jumped out of his moving car, which an officer chased down and stopped.Brown tried to enter a motel room, but failing to, he fled into the marsh behind the building. Police caught Brown there and struggled to handcuff him. A search of the motel room yielded 46 bags of what tested positive as heroin, police said.

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Jose Burgos charged with trafficking cocaine and possession of a Class A substance with intent to distribute.

Jose Burgos charged with trafficking cocaine and possession of a Class A substance with intent to distribute.Springfield police said they found 0.2 grams of marijuana in Burgos's pocket during his booking. He was arrested Friday by the city's vice control unit, which alleges that Burgos had 119 crack cocaine rocks and 45 bags of heroin in his car. Burgos is being held on $50,000 bail and is scheduled be arraigned tomorrow in Springfield District Court.Law enforcement officials said yesterday that most arrests for possession of marijuana are made in conjunction with other drug seizures."You rarely see people getting arrested for under an ounce of marijuana. Usually it was a wiseguy or it was an arrest leading to something else," said Sergeant Sean Sweeney of the Barnstable Police Department. No one in Barnstable had been issued a citation for marijuana possession as of midday yesterday, Sweeney said.

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Chijioke Stephen Obioha convicted and sentenced to death.

20-year-old Ghanaian has been sentenced to death in Singapore for trafficking 2.6kg of cannabis.The High Court convicted and sentenced Chijioke Stephen Obioha on Tuesday after a 21-day trial held last year, it said.Under Singapore's tough anti-drug laws, the death penalty is mandatory for anyone caught trafficking more than 15 grams of heroin, 30 grams of cocaine or 500 grams of cannabis.The death penalty is carried out by hanging.Narcotics officers arrested Obioha in April 2007 following a surveillance operation. He had come to Singapore in 2005 to try out for a football club, the report said.He was not hired but remained in the city-state working as a middle man for electronics goods dealers. His immigration pass expired in January 2007.Human rights groups have strongly urged Singapore to abolish the death penalty, but the government maintains that it plays a key role in keeping crime down and is a strong deterrent to organised crime gangs.In December 2004 Singapore hanged a 25-year-old Australian drug runner Nguyen Tuong Van, despite appeals for clemency by then Prime Minister John Howard.Two convicted African drug traffickers were put to death in 2007 after their appeals for clemency were turned down and despite protests from the United Nations and rights activists

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