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ILLEGAL ALIEN INDICTED IN DRUG PIPELINE PROBE

An illegal immigrant was indicted Wednesday as the 19th suspect in the investigation of a Western New York drug pipeline.

Rudy Castro, 28, arrested last month during a raid on his Niagara Street flat, was ordered to remain jailed without bail after he pleaded innocent before State Supreme Court Justice Mario J. Rossetti to drug possession and drug sale charges. Castro, who has a prior record, could face life in prison.

Castro is the latest person arrested in a multiagency investigation headed by State Attorney General Dennis C. Vacco's Organized Crime Task Force, which so far has seized of more than four kilograms of cocaine and 175 pounds of marijuana.

Robert J. Lee, a member of the task force, and Vacco spokesman Mike Zabel said Castro, who was arrested at his Niagara Street flat on Sept. 26, faces deportation to his native Dominican Republic if he ever gets out of prison.

Castro spent two years in a federal prison after his arrest on drug and weapons charges in 1992 in New York City. And even though he was deported after getting out of prison, he returned to this United States illegally and moved to Buffalo, Lee and Zabel said.

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