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The Nation

Authorities in Chicago seized more than 37 pounds of unusually pure cocaine valued at $8 million to $10 million and arrested two men in what officials called the largest drug seizure in the Midwest. The raid on an apartment occurred after an undercover agent purchased a small amount of cocaine from Jorge Salgado, leading to the arrest of Salgado and Hernando Bernal, both 48 and both Colombian-born employees of the Chicago Transit Authority. When police arrived they found 15 boxes containing 17 kilograms of cocaine, $3,500 in cash and a money-counting machine.


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