Marin Spariosu and Juan Soberon hoped to make enough money on a deal involving almost $300,000 in emeralds and 10 kilograms of cocaine so that they could repair a sailboat and use the vessel to smuggle up to two more tons of cocaine from Colombia to Italy.
Marin Spariosu and Juan Soberon hoped to make enough money on a deal involving almost $300,000 in emeralds and 10 kilograms of cocaine so that they could repair a sailboat and use the vessel to smuggle up to two more tons of cocaine from Colombia to Italy. JEFF WILLHELM Charlotte Observer/MCT
Marin Spariosu and Juan Soberon hoped to make enough money on a deal involving almost $300,000 in emeralds and 10 kilograms of cocaine so that they could repair a sailboat and use the vessel to smuggle up to two more tons of cocaine from Colombia to Italy. JEFF WILLHELM Charlotte Observer/MCT

Emerald and cocaine deal leave four facing life

November 15, 2014 11:35 AM

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