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Dec 27, 2012 8:02 AM by AP/CS

Ecstasy suspect to be in federal court Friday

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - An alleged coordinator for an Ecstasy organization in Vietnam is scheduled to appear in federal court Friday to answer charges that he conspired to send more than 1.1 million tablets of the illegal drug from Canada to Baton Rouge, La.

The Advocate reports Vinh Van Trinh was arrested Dec. 3 in Milwaukee, Wis., on a warrant secretly issued in April by U.S. District Judge James J. Brady of Baton Rouge.

Brady also had sealed the indictment obtained April 19 against Trinh and seven other people. All are alleged to have conspired to smuggle Ecstasy from Ontario, Canada, on 18-wheelers headed for Baton Rouge, Dallas, Los Angeles, Raleigh, N.C., and other unspecified locations.

Trinh will learn Friday whether he can be released on bail.

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