Tucson Daily Citizen from Tucson, Arizona on February 11, 1976 · Page 10
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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 1976 lolombia ties claimed TUCSON D A I L Y C I T I Z E N PAGE 11 Slaying Note in bottle drifts Phoenix indictments f us P ec * five years, 6,800 miles hunted allege cocaine ring PHOENIX (UPI) -- A fed- Ibral grand jury at Phoenix j has indicted 21 persons in I connection with an alleged cocaine smuggling ring based in Colombia and allegedly headed by a group of Italian I businessmen. The U.S. Drug Enforcement | Administration said the ring was one of the largest operating in the country in 1974 and 1975 and smuggled as much as 250 pounds of cocaine into the United States each month. Two of the alleged ringlead- ers, Pietro Tirasso, an Italian who operates plastics factories and restaurants in Colombia, and his business associate, Tito Lombana, were arrested in New York. Tirasso and Lombana were indicted Jan. 20 in Phoenix on charges of conspiracy to import cocaine, possession with intent to distribute cocaine and distribution of cocaine. Each was being held in Phoenix on $100,000 bond. Agents said they learned of the ring last May when they \800-pound haul Seven arrested in pot seizure State and county narcotics agents have seized 800 pounds of marijuana and arrested seven persons in what authorities claim was a major marijuana distribution organization operating here and in the Midwest. Department of Public Safety spokesman Ron Leitch said a week-long investigation leading to yesterday's arrests and seizures began with information supplied by Federal Drug Enforcement Administration and Dayton, Ohio, area authorities. Agents quickly made their move yesterday, first arresting a man as he drove along Interstate 10 and then raiding a house near the University of Arizona. Leitch said Roger F. Brooke of the Dayton area was arrested early yesterday on MO west of Tucson with about 400 pounds of marijuana found in his car, Leitch said agents then raided a large home at 2121 E. 3rd St. which is apparently rented out as two apartments. Six persons were arrested with $2,260 and 400 pounds of marijuana seized. Here's switch: Loot is tombed WESTWEGO, La. (UPI) -Three young burglars, looking for the perfect place to stash their !oot, decided to hide it in a tomb, police said. Merchandise worth about $400, including a tape deck, calculators, clock radios and change were recovered by detectives from a tomb at Westwego Cemetery. Released on their own recognizance following an initial court appearance were Joanne L. Hutchinson, 24, charged with possession of misbranded drugs; Richard Shenkarow, 22, charged with possession of narcotics and transportation of marijuana; Joseph P. Dombrowski, 25, charged with transportation and possession of marijuana for sale; and Peter D. Tucker, 22, charged with possession of marijuana for sale and possession of stolen property. All were also charged with possession of marijuana. James W. Cooper, 36, of Kettering, Ohio, was in jail on $2,200 bond and Robert 0. Denton of the 3rd Street address was released on his own recognizance. Both were charged with possession of marijuana. Brooke was held on charges of possession of marijuana, possession of marijuana for sale, transportation of marijuana and conspiracy. A preliminary hearing for all seven was set for 4 p.m. Feb. 19 before Justice of the Peace Manuel AValos. Other residents of the house were not charged. One of them came home after the arrests were made and after seeing doors broken and drawers emptied, telephoned police to report what he believed was a burglary. He later learned the house had been raided. arrested three alleged couriers at Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix. The 21 suspects identified yesterday included University of Arizona student Eunice Marie Ganteaume, of Tucson; licensed pilot Ruben Oscar Sanchez, also of Tucson; Michael Maiello of Tempe, an ASU student and licensed pilot; and John Lee Hoobler, of Tempe. Harrison, a British subject, taught foreign languages at ASU from 1966 until his con- 1 tract was terminated in 1971 for failing to obtain a doctorate degree. Drug enforcement officials identified the three alleged couriers arrested earlier as Alberico Pietrocarlo, 28, an Italian citizen and former ASU student; Michele Mary O'Leary, 26, of Chicago, and Antonio Casciano, 30, of Rome. Casciano jumped bail and was believed to have fled to Rome, officials said. A man police say tried to intervene in an argument between a barmaid and a customer was shot to death early today in a South Side tavern. 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The slaying was the first in Tucson this year and the third of 1976 in Pima County. CINCINNATI (AP) -- Five years ago, Patrick Sandfoss put a note into a bottle and threw it into the Ohio River. Last month, he received a letter telling him the note had been read -- in Scotland. The letter got to Sandfoss in Erlanger, Ky. It was postmarked "Port Charlotte, Isle of Islay" in western Scotland, 6,800 miles away. "My wife and children were walking on the shore of the west coast of this island to- Scranton cited as U.N. choice Los Angeles Times Nevre Service LOS ANGELES -- Former Pennsylvania Gov. William W. Scranton reportedly is President Ford's first choice for ambassador to the United Nations, the Los Angeles Times said today. A high government official in Washington said a ranking State Department officer told him Ford wanted Scranton to assume the post as soon as resigning Ambassador Daniel P. Moynihan leaves at the end of the month. day, 57 January 1976, when they found a bottle with a note in it," wrote James L. Bain. "The note gave your address and bore the words, 'Dropped this note in the Ohio River June 10, 1971.' "For a bottle to travel such a vast distance and stay afloat such a long time in the sea must be rare, if indeed not some kind of a record." Bain asked Sandfoss to write back if his letter reached him. The bottle was probably dropped while Sandfoss was fishing on his uncle's boat, said Mrs. Sandfoss. But the family is not sure. "It was five years ago and you forget about things like that. You figure it's not going to go anyplace," she said. Mrs. Sandfoss said her husband has put bottled messages into the river before, but this was the first one ever to be answered. "You know how people will drop bottles in the river thinking someone will pick it up down a ways -- but Scotland? I guess it went down to the Gulf of Mexico and took off from there." The bottle had to travel down the Ohio to the Mississippi River, past New Orleans into the Gulf and west and north across the Atlantic. The return letter took almost as complicated a course as the bottle. It was addressed to the family's former home in Cincinnati, where the Sandfoss family lived before moving to northern Kentucky. The U.S. Postal Service forwarded the letter lo Kentucky and eventually to the new Sandfoss home. Mrs. Sandfoss said her family planned to answer Bain's letter and send pictures. 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