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Prison terms of four to eight years were imposed on three men who pleaded guilty in Los Angeles federal court to being part of a group that sought to exchange $18,000 and three kilos of cocaine for more than $400,000 worth of food stamps. U.S. District Judge Laughlin Waters sentenced Oscar Orlando Caballero, 24, to eight years; Luis Fernando Laverde, 36, to six years, and Luis David Alfonso, 25, to four years and placed each on five years’ probation. The three were named in a 28-count indictment involving a federal investigation of food stamp fraud. Laverde was manager of a Hungry Boy Market on Sunset Boulevard in Echo Park.


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