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Vegas police say boy, 6, is kidnapped in drug dispute

October 17, 2008|From Associated Press

LAS VEGAS — Two men posing as police officers kidnapped a 6-year-old boy in a drug dispute after entering his family's home and tying up his mother and her boyfriend, police said Thursday.

An Amber Alert was expanded nationwide as police searched for Cole Puffinburger, who was taken Wednesday, police said.

There is a definite "drug nexus," Las Vegas Police Capt. Vincent Cannito said at a news conference Thursday. "Significant money and drugs" were involved, he said, but would not provide more details.

"This child was ripped from the home," he said.

Cannito would not say whether the family had been contacted about paying a ransom.

The boy is described as 3 feet 11 and 48 pounds, with blond hair, blue eyes and silver-framed glasses.

He was last seen wearing blue jeans, tennis shoes, a black shirt, and a black zip-up sweat shirt with white, black and blue stars.

Police asked witnesses to contact them.

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