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Ex-immigration agent accused of cocaine smuggling

PHOENIX -- A former high-ranking U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent who was stationed in Mexico before retiring in 2007 was arrested Friday on suspicion of conspiracy to smuggle cocaine into the U.S.

Richard Padilla Cramer was arrested at his home in Green Valley, Ariz., 25 miles south of Tucson, and appeared before a federal judge, who denied bail.

No one answered the phone at Cramer's home Friday and it was unclear whether he had a lawyer.

The charges stem from a U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency investigation dating back to 2006.

Authorities say Cramer helped a large-scale drug trafficking organization move cocaine into the United States, according to a criminal complaint made public Friday.

The complaint says that Cramer provided members of a drug smuggling organization with information from confidential law enforcement databases that told them whether one of t

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Added: Sep-9-2009 Occurred On: Sep-9-2009
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