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Smuggler linked to Colombian heroin ring

MIAMI A man will be sentenced in October in Miami federal court after pleading guilty two weeks ago to heroin trafficking in a case that may be linked to a major new U.S.-Colombia initiative to dismantle criminal bands in the South American country. Manuel Ventura Rivera's Oct. 9 sentencing before U.S. District Judge Robert Scola will mark another milestone in the war on drugs, particularly against heroin-trafficking rings. Heroin is now considered a highly dangerous drug blamed for a record increase in the number of overdose deaths throughout the country. Ventura Rivera was one of 10 men and women indicted Jan. 13 by a federal grand jury in Miami on charges of conspiracy to import...

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