Man caught in Spain in `88 cocaine smuggling case

    This fishy report’s from the AP:

    A longtime fugitive charged with smuggling cocaine into the eastern U.S. on a cargo ship packed with anchovies has been captured in Spain.

    A Justice Department spokeswoman says Carmelo Capone-Mazzeo was taken into custody yesterday on a U.S. warrant.

    A 1988 indictment in Philadelphia accuses him and three others of smuggling 1,300 kilograms of cocaine from Argentina on several cargo ships, one of them named “Democracy.”

    The federal indictment says the drugs were concealed in hundreds of cartons of anchovies.

    The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Philadelphia isn’t commenting on how Capone-Mazzeo fled the criminal case.

    The 56-year-old has been listed as a wanted fugitive on Interpol’s website.

    It’s not clear if he has a lawyer or when he might be extradited.

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