Two Plead Innocent In Cocaine Kennel Case
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) _ Two Colombians pleaded innocent to federal charges they tried to import dog kennels made from a mixture of cocaine and fiberglass.
Henry Bustos and Harold Satizabal on Monday were ordered held without bail pending trial Jan. 5 on one count each of conspiracy and two counts each of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute.
A grand jury indictment accused them of being members of the Cali cocaine cartel. The indictment came two weeks after their arrest on charges of reprocessing one of the kennels into crack cocaine at a warehouse.
Three cocaine-laced doghouses were shipped to Los Angeles from Colombia over the past 16 months, the FBI said. The smugglers cut one kennel into strips, ran them through a meat grinder and used chemicals to extract the drug.
The 50-pound kennels would yield about 15 pounds of cocaine apiece, giving each doghouse a street value of about $650,000, the FBI said.