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Saturday, October 16, 2004; Page A24

Airline Security Official Is Arrested in Drug Case

MIAMI -- American Airlines' director of security at Haiti's main airport was arrested by the U.S. government on charges she smuggled millions of dollars worth of cocaine into the United States aboard the airline's planes.

Stephanie Ambroise, who worked at Port-au-Prince airport, was arrested Thursday and charged with conspiring to import cocaine into the United States, officials said.

Ambroise appeared briefly Friday in Miami federal court and was ordered held until a Tuesday hearing.

She is the latest Haitian official to be indicted in the United States on drug smuggling charges. Others include the former national police director, the former national police commander, the former Haitian anti-drug chief, the former Port-au-Prince airport police commander and a Haitian senator.

According to an indictment unsealed Friday, from 1999 to 2003, Ambroise arranged to have suitcases and other containers of cocaine put aboard planes bound for the United States. In return for the shipments two or three times a month, she received as much as $2,000 per kilogram and made millions for herself, prosecutors said.

CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- A federal judge struck down a Clinton-era ban on snowmobiles in Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks -- a move expected to leave the parks open to the vehicles for at least the next three winters. U.S. District Judge Clarence Brimmer ruled that the ban -- aimed at preventing air and noise pollution and protecting wildlife -- was imposed without adequate participation from the public and the states of Montana and Wyoming.

• A snakehead fish was found in Lake Michigan near Chicago, and it is believed to be the same species that has invaded the Potomac River. An angler caught the 18-inch-long fish last weekend in Burnham Harbor, a spokesman for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources said. Spokesman Joe Bauer said authorities believe the fish is a northern snakehead, as are those in the Potomac, but more tests are being run. He said federal and state authorities would soon begin searching the harbor for more snakeheads, using electric shocks to bring fish to the surface.

MEMPHIS -- A dozen cars have been shot at on a busy city road this year, police said, and school buses have shifted to routes other than Sam Cooper Boulevard, which connects midtown Memphis to Interstate 40. No one has been injured. Most of the reported shooting incidents occurred in August and September, and 11 of them caused vehicle damage. The most recent was Thursday, when a man reported a window in his van was shot out as he slowed for a red light.

-- From News Services and Staff Reports


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