2 Suspects And Cocaine Are Seized

Posted: August 25, 1992

Two Colombian men, one of whom is a retired police officer, were held by federal marshals yesterday, accused of trying to deal 22 pounds of cocaine in Philadelphia last week.

William Lozada, 41, and Augustine Gonzalez, 36, both of Cali, Colombia, were arrested early Friday in the 4600 block of North Fifth Street, the federal Drug Enforcement Administration announced yesterday.

The men were arrested after driving a box filled with 10 plastic packets of cocaine from New York to Philadelphia, DEA officials said. The bricks of cocaine, covered with tape marked with the word "soccer," had a retail value of more than $1 million, the officials said.

The men were charged with conspiracy with intent to distribute cocaine and with dealing drugs within 1,000 feet of a school - St. Henry's School at Fifth and Cayuga Streets. If convicted, they would face a minimum of 20 years in prison and fines of up to $4 million.

The 2 a.m. arrests came as the men allegedly tried to peddle the drugs to undercover officers on the street. The drug seizure was part of an investigation begun two months ago by the DEA, the Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office and the Philadelphia Police Department. DEA spokeswoman Mary Vaira said the investigation is still open.

Lozada is a former Cali police officer, the DEA said. He and Gonzalez were on a two-week visit to the United States, but no other details of their activities or the investigation were released yesterday.

Lozada and Gonzalez are scheduled to be arraigned today before U.S. Magistrate Judge M. Faith Angell.

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