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3 Convicted in Calif Ecstasy Bust

April 5, 2001

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) _ Three members of a drug ring have been convicted of smuggling nearly 5 million doses of Ecstasy into the country.

The convictions were the latest to stem from a 1999 bust that netted 10 people, including a rave party promoter, and led to the seizure of $2.5 million in cash and about 700 pounds of Ecstasy.

``It was a significant conviction to us because this was the largest group operating in Southern California,″ Gary Pinkava, resident U.S. Customs agent in charge, said Wednesday.

A federal jury in Los Angeles convicted the three suspects Tuesday. A fourth man was acquitted of drug distribution.

The three face up to 20 years in federal prison when sentenced later this month.

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