Suspected drug kingpin charged with shoplifting

July 19, 1993|By New York Daily News

A suspected Colombian drug kingpin who had eluded authorities for two years has been arrested at Universal Studios in Orlando, Fla. -- for shoplifting souvenirs, police say.

Victor Hugo Polo, 24, and Elizabeth Acosta, 32, both of Miami, were taken to the Orange County Jail yesterday and charged with shoplifting, Orlando police Lt. Bob Goldman said.

Mr. Polo will be turned over to U.S. marshals from Houston, who have been looking for him since November 1992 on allegations of distributing cocaine. Ms. Acosta was released on her own recognizance.

Police believe Mr. Polo was the No. 2 man in the organization affiliated with Pablo Escobar, the leader of the Medellin cocaine cartel, who remains at large after escaping from prison.

Police say a clerk at a novelty shop saw the pair stuffing souvenirs into bags they were carrying and called security when they left the store without paying for them.

Police said they found 12 key chains, a cigarette lighter, a pair of sunglasses, four nameplates, a roll of film and four T-shirts in Mr. Polo's bag. Total value: $198.98.

Ms. Acosta had taken four T-shirts and four key chains worth a total of $145.61.

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