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Published September 24, 2011, 07:14 AM

Canadian Man Charged in Cocaine Conspiracy Case

Authorities say the conspiracy involved five or more people, several of which are accused of wiring money from Canada to the U.S. or trying to bring money across the border at a North Dakota entry station.

By: Associated Press,

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A Canadian man is accused in U.S. district court of leading an operation to distribute more than 5,000 grams of cocaine.

Jerome Catacutan is charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to deliver a controlled substance, and money laundering.

Authorities say the conspiracy involved five or more people, several of which are accused of wiring money from Canada to the U.S. or trying to bring money across the border at a North Dakota entry station.

Court documents show that a co-conspirator in the case had nearly $577,000 in Canadian currency when he was arrested in November 2009 in Rogers, Minn.

Catacutan is being held in jail pending an appeal by prosecutors on his release conditions.

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