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May 18, 2001

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An investigation head by the Okaloosa County Drug Task Force has resulted in the seizure of three kilos of Cocaine, $13,000 cash, and a 2001 Ford F-250 pickup truck, and the arrest of a Mexican national on Federal drug charges.

Held without bond pending a detention hearing in Federal Court on Monday is Horacio Alvarez-Huerta, Jr., age 28 (3-13-73), a resident alien from Reynosa, Mexico, who lists San Juan, Texas, as his US residence. He faces Federal charges of Possession of Cocaine and Conspiracy to Distribute Cocaine.

Earlier this month, the Okaloosa County Drug Task Force developed information about Alvarez-Huerta's alleged involvement in the importation of Cocaine from Texas and Mexico into Okaloosa County and elsewhere in northwest Florida and south Alabama. The Escambia County Sheriff's Office, The Baldwin County, Alabama Drug Task Force, and the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) assisted in an investigation that led to an undercover purchase of three kilograms (6.6 pounds) of cocaine in the parking lot of a supermarket on Old Gulf Beach Highway in southwest Escambia County last evening (Thursday evening), at which time Alvarez-Huerta was taken into custody. The three kilos of cocaine, with a street value of at least $75,000 were taken into evidence, and the vehicle used to deliver the drug was seized.

Agents then searched a trailer in Foley, Alabama, where Alvarez-Huerta had been residing in recent days. Paraphernalia and $13,000 cash were taken into evidence at that location.-30-

for more information contact Rick Hord, Public Information Officer

(850) 651-7420

(A photograph of the cocaine can been viewed at www.sheriff-okaloosa.org)

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