September 16, 2005 |
A soldier stationed in Colombia as part of the war on drugs was sentenced to six years in prison after pleading guilty in a scheme to smuggle cocaine into the U.S. using military planes. Army Staff Sgt. Kelvin Irizarry-Melendez, 26, pleaded guilty at Ft. Bliss to conspiracy, wrongful importation of cocaine and a charge related to taking money to Colombia. His rank was reduced to private, and he will receive a dishonorable discharge.
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November 4, 2000
An Escondido physician was sentenced on Friday to two years in prison in connection with charges that he smuggled Mexican pharmaceuticals into the United States, authorities said. Miguel Castillo admitted that he smuggled Neomelubrina, a non-steroid anti-inflammatory drug not yet approved in the United States, across the Mexican-American border between November 1994 and July 1998 to his home in Escondido, according to Assistant U.S. Atty. Melanie Pierson.
November 26, 2003 |
Twenty-five airport ground crew members were arrested and accused of smuggling tens of millions of dollars worth of cocaine and marijuana into the United States, officials said. The suspects, nearly all current or former employees at Kennedy Airport, unloaded drugs stashed aboard flights from Guyana and diverted it around border inspection areas, prosecutors said.
December 12, 2001 |
Federal authorities found an 85-foot tunnel under the U.S.-Mexican border and said they believe it had been used to smuggle $21 million worth of cocaine and marijuana into the United States. Authorities said they have seized 956 pounds of cocaine and 839 pounds of marijuana in the case. Two people have been arrested. The tunnel stretched from underneath a home in Nogales, 55 miles south of Tucson, to a concrete wash on the Mexican side of the border.
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October 22, 1997
A private security guard at Los Angeles International Airport who is suspected of taking $700 to help a drug courier smuggle cocaine through airport checkpoints has been charged with conspiracy to distribute narcotics, authorities said Tuesday. Danny Kay McFrazier, who also was charged with aiding and abetting, was arrested Sept. 6, but federal authorities said they delayed announcing the arrest because they did not want to endanger another investigation at the airport.
February 18, 1996 |
The acquittal of two high-living friends accused of smuggling $2.1 billion in cocaine was a rejection of prosecutors' reliance on plea deals and smugglers' testimony, a defense lawyer said in Miami. Willie Falcon and Sal Magluta, who emigrated from Cuba as boys and were high school friends in the early 1970s, were acquitted by a jury on all 16 counts. The men, who still face money-laundering charges, were accused of smuggling 75 tons of cocaine from 1978 to 1991.
November 24, 1985 |
An Australian nurse who tried to smuggle heroin to Australia in her brassiere has been jailed for 25 years after changing her plea to guilty, Bangkok Criminal Court officials said Friday. The court handed down its sentence after earlier giving 28-year-old Karen Marie Peisley a life jail term. It reduced the penalty after allowing her to change her plea to guilty, the officials said.
July 1, 1990 |
A California man was flown from Hawaii to San Diego Saturday, where he will face drug smuggling charges, the U.S. Customs Service announced. Casey Valentine Jones, also known under several aliases, was the last arrested of seven people indicted in March on charges of smuggling 6,300 pounds of marijuana, agents said. Jones was indicted for allegedly trying to smuggle Asian marijuana from New Zealand to California.
April 1, 2005 |
Five U.S. Army soldiers are under investigation for allegedly trying to smuggle 32 pounds of cocaine out of Colombia aboard a U.S. military aircraft, American officials said. The soldiers were detained Tuesday, said Lt. Col. Eduardo Villavicencio, a U.S. military spokesman. They are being held in the United States.