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Stowaways to go before judge astronomer By JOEL KIRKPATR1CK The Daily News GALVESTON — The six stowaways arrested Tuesday in the port's biggest cocaine seizure are scheduled to appear before Judge Charles B. Smith in a preliminary hearing 10 a.m. today at the Federal Building in Galveston. Those arrested are charged with possession and .smuggling of cocaine and face a minimum mandatory sentence on conviction of 10 years in a federal prison, said Cliff Wolfe, U.S. Customs resident agent in charge. The suspects arrested after jumping from the Panamanian- flagged banana boat Spring Bride are: Denio Miguel Rengifo-Acosta, 28, of Turbo, Colombia; Alberto Arthur Ortega-Mena, 31, of Turbo; Jose Antonio Torres-Tirado, 36, of Turbo; Eccehomo Velgar-Vivero, 27, of Turbo; Bulices Rivas-Cordova, 36, of Turbo; and Eused Mena- Correa, 16, of Acandi, Colombia. Velgar-Vivero was captured by the Wharves police after he stayed in the water more than three hours and then attempted to run. The three defendants arrested in Galveston near the Seamen's Center at 20th and Mechanic Streets at about 8:45 p.m. Tuesday are: Jorge Arthuro Arboleda, 34, of Houston; Didier Isaac Hernandez, 30; and Rodrigo De Jesus Zapata- Uribe, 46, of Bogata, Colombia. The three defendants arrested in Houston at 1-59 and Hillcroft early Wednesday morning are: Pedro Pablo Celorio-Mosquera, 23, of Houston; Alfonso Bonilla- Riasgo, 29, of Houston; and Wendly Petronio Pieternelle, 33, of Houston. At the preliminary hearing, U.S. Magistrate Smith will inform the defendants of the charges against them and the consequences of those charges. He will ask them if they can afford a lawyer. If they cannot, he will appoint one for them. Suspects who are foreign nationals will likely be denied bond. independent from are rated egos, Sizable that and 1970, Virginia

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  1. The Galveston Daily News,
  2. 26 Apr 1990, Thu,
  3. Page 15

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