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Two Customs Inspectors Charged With Kidnapping

February 21, 1996

NEW YORK (AP) _ Two U.S. Customs Service inspectors were charged with kidnapping a suspected drug dealer and trying to rob him, officials said Tuesday.

Richard Ramos and Gerasimos Kapsaskis, who have worked out of Newark International and Kennedy International airports, were arrested Friday for a kidnapping that authorities said occurred last September in the borough of the Bronx.

According to authorities, a third man, who has since died, told the inspectors the victim had received a large amount of cash for the sale of about 22 pounds of cocaine.

Ramos, 29, of Lodi, N.J., Kapsaskis, 24, of Elmwood Park, N.J., and another man then allegedly abducted the victim from a Bronx street.

According to a criminal complaint, Kapsaskis threw the victim against a wall, searched him and removed cash from his pocket, as he and Ramirez identified themselves as law enforcement officials.

The other man, identified as Fernando Ramirez, 32, a hotel security guard from Newark, N.J.. allegedly pointed a gun at bystanders and struck the victim on the head with it before all three fled in a car with the victim.

Ramirez was also charged with kidnapping.

The victim, who was not identified, was found later on a Bronx street.

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