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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 07, 2011

ALBANIAN FUGITIVE EXTRADITED TO EASTERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS ON FEDERAL DRUG CHARGES

         PLANO, Texas –An Albanian National has been extradited to the United States to face drug charges in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.

                Altin Kore, 35, of the Republic of Albania, appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Don D. Bush today on charges of being involved in a conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

                According to the indictment, from January 2007 to August 2008, Kore is alleged to have conspired with others to distribute more than 5 kilograms of cocaine in the Eastern District of Texas.  Additionally, on July 31, 2008, Kore is alleged to have been in possession of a firearm during a drug trafficking crime.

                U.S. Attorney Bales lauded the cooperation of Albanian authorities and the efforts of law enforcement, “Criminals who somehow manage to leave the borders of the United States will nevertheless, not escape justice.  We will find fugitives from law enforcement no matter where they hide and hold them accountable for the crimes that they commit,” said U.S. Attorney Bales.  "I am grateful that the Albanian government shares the same sentiments."

                If convicted of the drug conspiracy, Kore faces from 10 years and to life in federal prison.  If convicted of the firearms charge, Kore faces from 5 years to life in federal prison.

                This case is being investigated by the DEA and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Ernest Gonzalez and Miriam E. Rea.

 

                A grand jury indictment is not evidence of guilt.  All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

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