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Page 10-Saturday, September 13, 1980-The Michigan Daily

Drug ring
collapse
linked
to murder
MIDDLEBURY, Conn. (AP)-A 22-
year-old man says a former roommate
lured him to a wooded area where he
was kidnapped to New York, shot,
wrapped in a rug and dumped in the
East River. Authorities said the
shooting and a similar one that ended i
death are connected with the collapse
a drug ring that allegedly sold cocaine
on college campuses in the Northeast..
Ten arrests were made in the abduc
tions and investigators said a woman
hired as a killer was being sought.
Joseph Vilela told authorities that af
ter he was dumped in the river he freed
himself from his bonds and played dead
while his assailants fired more gun-
shots into the water. He was picked up
by a passing tugboat a half hour later.
VILELA WAS REPORTED to bei
protective custody yesterday.
The body of the other man, wrapped
in a rug and shot in the chest and left
shoulder, was pulled from the East
River a week ago. He was identified as
John Senior, 20-year-old son of a former
major stockholder in the Pillsbury Co
and a student at New England College
in Henniker, N.H.
Authorities said the shootings of the
men, who are both from wealthy Mi
dlebury, Conn. families, were part of
complex case involving a, cocaine trial
in New Haven and the collapse of the
drug ring.
Law enforcement surces in New York
said the two victims were "fingered"
out of fear they would be surprise wit-
nesses in the trial of Dean Kachulis, 22.
Kachulis pleaded guilty Monday in New
Haven to narcotics charges.
INVESTIGATORS SAID that after
the drug ring collapsed, resulting in th
trial of Kachulis and others, the kilin
of four young pushers were plannes,
Sources said the group allegedly sold
cocaine on college campuses in the Nor-
theast.
Vilela told authorities that on Labor
Day he went toa Waterbury apartment
shared by Kachulis, his former room-
mate, and 22-year-old Scott Douglas.
Kachulis told him, Vilela said, that he
wanted to introduce him to some frien-
ds who had met Senior earlier in t
day.
Vilela told authorities he was taken tq
a wooded area near Waterbury, where
several men and a woman drove up in a
van and bound him before taking him to
New York.
BRONX, N.Y. DISTRICT Attorney
Mario Meroa quoted Vilela as saying
he was taken to a warehouse there and
was blindfolded, gagged, shot in the
face, wrapped in a rug and bound
before being dropped into the river.
On Wednesday, FBI agents arrest
Kachulis, Douglas and John Mc-
Cullough, 33, of the Bronx, charging
them with murder and attempted mur-
der. A day later, FBI agents in New
York, acting on a kidnapping indic-
tment, arrested David Taylor, 30, of
Manhattan, and Charles Simmons, 31,
of the Bronx.
The arrests of Taylor and Simmons
on Thursday were on a warrant from
sealed federal indictment filed in Ne
Haven. The FBI in New Haven refuses
to discuss the case, citing a gag order
issued by U.S. District Judge Ellen
Burns.
That gag order is expected to remain
in effect until the end of the drug trial of

Kachulis' co-defendant, Johan Arends
of Hamden. Kachulis, Arends and Ed-
ward Crane of Honolulu were accused
-of possession of 26 pounds of cocaine
valued at more than $700,000. Crane is
listed as a fugitive. Arends has plead
innocent.

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