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.”

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    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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