Suspected drug dealer linked to 1996 bust in Norfolk

Suspected drug dealer linked to 1996 bust in Norfolk

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James Springette is now on the FBI's 10 most wanted list.

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by By Dale Gauding, 13News Investigator

WVEC.com

Posted on April 26, 2002 at 7:33 PM

Updated Friday, Oct 30 at 3:36 PM

One of the newest additions to the FBI's "ten most wanted" has ties to Hampton Roads.

James Springette was born in the US Virgin Islands and the feds told 13News he was a major cocaine supplier to a Norfolk-based drug ring busted in 1996. They also say Springette is an escapee from a maximum-security prison in Columbia.

Back in 1996, a drug dog, sniffing overnight parcels, broke open a Norfolk-based cocaine ring that eventually put two brothers in federal prison.

Eugene and Mitchell Smalls are both serving life terms for their roles in the ring that imported kilos of cocaine into Hampton Roads. Investigators say Springette was their supplier.

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Two years ago, he escaped from the maximum security La Picota prison in Bogota, Columbia, while awaiting extradition to the united states. Prison officials say corrupt guards carried him through seven checkpoints wrapped in a mattress.

Springette is considered armed and dangerous. He's wanted for conspiracy to import literally tons of cocaine. He uses many aliases, among them are juice, seagal, and uncle.

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