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Forfeiture of $45000 For Coke Trafficker From Bolivia Lured To Panama For Extradition

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, Sept 10 – Percy Arturo Vasquez-Drew was arrested in Panama and extradited to New York, charged with drug trafficking. But he is originally from Bolivia, and now stands to be deported there. First, there is the matter of forfeiture. 

 On September 10 U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge Denise L. Cote heard arguments about the forfeiture. Inner City Press covered it. 

 The US Attorney's Office went big picture: "In 2006, Evo Morales - a former coca farmer and coca union leader - became Bolivia's first indigenous president. Two years later, in 2008, the Bolivian government expelled the US DEA."

  On September 10, the US sought an order for $45,000 in forfeiture.  

 Vasquez-Drew's lawyer Sabrina Shroff said some of his client's boasts border on the absurd, such as that he sent his pregnant wife to Miami to get small aircrafts with which to airdrop cocaine throughout Peru. In fact, it was the confidential source who had to pay for Vasquez-Drew's flight from Bolivia to Panama where he got arrested.

Shroff wrote, "According to Google, a flight from Bolivia to Panama City costs about $600."  

Judge Cote on September 10 "ordered, adjudged and decreed that a money judgment of $45,000 shall be entered against Percy Arturo Vasquez-Drew."

The case is US v. Vasquez-Drew, 19-cr-91 (Cote)


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