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Smuggling Ring Czar Is Being Sought in ^~^ ^^ ^^ *"-^ {--s l|1 | f|1» \ 1*| fill DALLAS. Feb. 1 2 -- T T P -- A n f l i . r i t a l l n f T?JHT S*nn« T?a m l^, ·,( f«. 111 i i _. :,i i_.i n «._ _ ,_ _ -r» ,_. , , . . . - -*-U- V^dX \stM. rt-di DALLAS, Feb. 32--UP--Authorities 32--UP--Authorities Saturday sought a Mexican narcotics czar believed to be the brains of a smuggling ring which did $1 million monthly business in Mexico, Texas, New York and Illinois Illinois until it was smashed by customs customs agents. Al Scharff, U.S. customs apcnt- n-charge for eastern Texas, an- ounced the ring had been broken P Saturday. He said it was the argest that customs agents have mashed in eight years. Twelve members of the hava boen arrcnted, Scharff said, but 'the group'a mastermind, a Mexican national, is still at ring Scharff said hs is believed to be holed up in Mexico. Ex-Convict ArrPoted ting 1 Felix Stone Ramirez, 34- year-old ex-convict, in Dallas. Ramirez Ramirez was described as the "station" "station" or middleman for the ring. Ramirez said "he had done time More U. S. Aid For Egyptian Dam Seen NEW YORK, Feb. 12 m--Eugene Black, president of the for Illegal possession of marijuana but denied any part In the Inter- nationa! operation. His arrest ended ended an 18-day watch during which customs agents and local authorities authorities maintained around-the-clock surveillance. Most of the ring's members have been charged with smuggling and conspiracy to smuggle. Eight of Bank, naid today the United States will probably offer Egypt more aid In financing conatructlon of the high dam on the Upper Nile River. Black arrived by plane from Cairo where he negotiated a tenta- ,thc arrests were made in Houston, World two in Laredo, Tex., and one In Federal operation officers disclosed the to newumen after ar- .Ive agreement with Premier j Gamal Abdel Nasser to grant Egypt a 2DO-millfon-dol]ar World Bank loan to help build the huge Chicago. Scharff said that the first arrest was made about two months go. Automobiles Confiscated In making the arrests, Scharff and his agents confiscated some against them. One is a 32-year-old woman, Scharff said. The man arrested in Chicago was described as a top figure in Chicago's narcoUcs trade. At the time he was picked up he wai Irea on bond on a murder charge, the agent said. The other member of the gang, a San, Antonio resident, also had not been arrested. Breakdown Given Scharff said the gang smuggled something like 500 pounds of finely processed marijuana a month into he United States from Mexico for thfi past Hix or eight months. On occasion, Scharff said, the several automobiles. The agent said the names of the others arrested arrested would not be revealed until I indictments have been returned 40 to 50 pounds of marijuana and fiang would trade their marijuana n New York for heroin, then ransport it back to Texas. The one-pound bags sold wholo- underworld. Heroin brings $? per grain, ?3,360 per ounce, Scharff said. *-»i · TTM China Hikes Steel Production duce more than four million tons steel a year by tho end of 1957 10 million by 1962. "Not only Is tho rate of growth Taster than that in any capitalistic' country, but the technique of steel smelting is pressing hard 'on the contained enough marijuana for 1,920 clgarets. Marijuana cignrets retail lor from }1 to fl.25 in the 1 , CO " t 2 ] reported sale in Mexico for $50. 'Each bag steel or tools were given. heels of the highest international b X standards," the broadcast said. No current production figures

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  1. The Galveston Daily News,
  2. 13 Feb 1956, Mon,
  3. Page 5

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