May 29, 1985|By Katie Springer, Staff Writer
FORT LAUDERDALE — Ten people are in custody following one of the largest cocaine seizures in the city`s history — 660 pounds worth an estimated $50 million on the street, authorities reported Tuesday.The drugs were seized during a Sunday morning raid at a home in the 2300 block of Southwest 27th Avenue, police said.
The cocaine, which police said was worth $10 million wholesale, had been flown in from Colombia, arriving at Fort Lauderdale`s Executive Airport at 1:30 a.m. Sunday, according to Jack Toal, a special agent with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.
Fort Lauderdale Deputy Police Chief Joseph Gerwens said the seizure was the largest the department has ever been involved in.
“It certainly was the largest seizure in the history of our department as far as undercover officers participating,“ he said during a joint police-DEA news conference Tuesday.
Police said the shipment was to be the first of 10, and that another 2,640 pounds of cocaine were seized in Colombia by agents cooperating in the investigation.
All of the suspects have been charged with conspiring to possess with intent to distribute cocaine, and additional charges are expected, Toal said.
Among those arrested during the raid were Jose Ahmed, 24, of Miami, and George Jung, 42, an escaped convict from Walpole State Prison in Walpole, Mass. Jung was serving a nine-year sentence for cocaine charges when he escaped in February, authorities said.
The other eight suspects were arrested Monday and Tuesday in Broward, Dade, and Palm Beach counties, police said.
They are: Stephen McWilliams, 31, of the 2700 block of Southwest 50th Avenue, Davie; Dudley Walsh, 46, of the 8100 block of West McNab Road, Tamarac; Peter Harbuck, 61, of the 2100 block of North Flamingo Road, Sunrise; Steven Fuller, 21, of the 4600 block of Southwest 54th Terrace, Davie; Cesar Villegas, 47, of Hialeah; Jorge Hurtado, 37, of Colombia; Raymond Bartlett, 42, of Saugus, Mass.; and Dennis Verisotsky, 31, also of Saugus.
Jung and Verisotsky were held without bail, and bail set for the others ranged from $10,000 to $2 million.
June 2014 UPDATE
Among several claims contradicting the feature film Blow starring Johnny Depp, George Jung’s Co-accused & nephew Jose Ahmed stated that Boston George did setup his own family with the DEA for a free pass on a 1 kg deal gone wrong.