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Former Member of German Armed Forces Extradited to U.S.

DEA Deputy Administrator Thomas Harrigan and Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York today announced that Michael Filter was extradited from Estonia where he had been arrested for conspiracy to import cocaine into the United States and conspiracy to distribute cocaine on board an aircraft. Filter, a German citizen, arrived in the Southern District of New York Wednesday, and made his first appearance in Manhattan federal court Thursday. Filter’s co-defendants, Joseph Manuel Hunter, Timothy Vamvakias, and Dennis Gogel were previously arrested in Thailand (Hunter) and Liberia (Vamvakias and Gogel) and brought to the United States in September 2013. Co-defendant Slawomir Soborski was previously arrested in Estonia in September 2013 and was extradited to the United States in April 2014.

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