February 21, 1996 in Nation/World

2 Customs Inspectors Charged In Kidnapping

Compiled From Wire Services

Two U.S. Customs Service inspectors were charged with kidnapping a suspected drug dealer and trying to rob him, officials said Tuesday.

Richard Ramos and Gerasimos Kapsaskis, who have worked out of Newark International and Kennedy International airports, were arrested Friday for a kidnapping that authorities said occurred last September in the Bronx.

According to authorities, a third man, who has since died, told the inspectors the victim had received a large amount of cash for the sale of about 22 pounds of cocaine.

Ramos, 29, of Lodi, N.J., Kapsaskis, 24, of Elmwood Park, N.J., and another man then allegedly abducted the victim from a Bronx street.

According to a criminal complaint, Kapsaskis threw the victim against a wall, searched him and removed cash from his pocket, as he and Ramirez identified themselves as law enforcement officials.

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