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Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883

Sirens & Gavels

Courthouse watch: 8.17.09

Two men charged in a major cocaine ring were to appear in federal court today.

Maurisio Ramirez, 29, and Gilberto Acevedo-Adame, 31, have been in Spokane County Jail since Aug. 12 on three federal charges of conspiracy to possess cocaine with intent to distribute. 

Court documents allege the men conspired to distribute cocaine in Yellowstone and Carbon counties in Montana from January 2004 to September 2008. 

A third man, Domingo Baez, was charged in U.S District Court in Montana in December.

Ramirez's and Acevedo-Adame's bail hearing in Eastern Washington District Court was postponed to next week after the men obtained private defense lawyers. 

Senit Lutgen is representing Ramirez; Bryan Whitaker is representing Acevdo-Adame.

Baez is accused of being a major cocaine king pin who distributed drugs to even a county prosecutor. Read a story on that here.

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