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Jury in cocaine case didn't know accused's past

Betsy Powell
Courts Bureau

A Toronto jury that has started deliberations in a cocaine trafficking case was never told that one of the two accused is a convicted international "Ecstasy kingpin" whose life story a Hollywood-based filmmaker is trying to turn into a movie.

In 2001, Sean Erez, now 38, pleaded guilty to drug conspiracy in Brooklyn, N.Y., after admitting to running an ecstasy distribution network that used young Orthodox Jews to smuggle the "hug drug" out of Amsterdam and into the U.S.

Erez, who was born in Israel and had previous drug convictions, was sentenced to 15 years in a U.S. prison. In 2005, Ottawa approved his transfer to a Canadian facility and he was paroled shortly after in the summer of that year.

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