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3 FACE DRUG-SMUGGLING CHARGES

A joint operation by several law enforcement agencies on both sides of the border resulted in the arrests of three men accused of trying to smuggle a kilogram of the "club drug" ketamine into the United States, the Department of Justice announced.

Timothy M. Jackson, 23, of North York, Ont.; Joshua R. Conklin, 22, of Canandaigua; and Jeffrey G. Church, 20, of Hamlin, are in custody without bail after appearing before U.S. Magistrate Judge Hugh B. Scott on Saturday.

Jackson and Conklin were arrested by special agents from the Buffalo office of the Drug Enforcement Administration and the U.S. Customs Service about 7 p.m. Friday as they tried to smuggle the drug into the United States at the Rainbow Bridge, officials said.

A short time later, Church was tracked down in Niagara Falls, Ont., where he surrendered to Ontario Provincial Police, then was turned over to U.S. officials.

Law enforcement officials said that earlier Friday, Conklin and Church met with an undercover DEA agent and negotiated the sale of two kilograms of ketamine for $98,000.

After telephone conversations with their alleged supplier, Jackson, Conklin and Church told the undercover agent they would be willing to sell one kilogram for $49,000, the officials added.

Ketamine, known on the street as "K" or "Special K," is a tranquilizer with clinical applications for both humans and animals. It has become a popular drug among those who attend rave clubs, officials said.

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