A federal jury on Wednesday convicted a man of working with others to expand the cocaine-trafficking empire of one of the world's most notorious drug networks into northern New England and Europe. The jury convicted Rafael Humberto Celaya Valenzuela, a member of Mexico's violent Sinaloa cartel, of conspiracy to distribute more than 2,200 pounds of cocaine, plus heroin and methamphetamine, in the United States.
Members of one of the world's most notorious drug cartels met with undercover federal agents two years ago at Wentworth by the Sea to discuss expanding the gang's cocaine sales into Europe and northern New England, a federal prosecutor said yesterday in Concord. Assistant U.S. Attorney Donald Feith said he planned to introduce recordings of that meeting in New Castle - and of others convened around the globe - over the next several days, during the trial of one of those members, Rafael Humberto Celaya Valenzuela.
Ray Demers has spent the past 50 years on a personal odyssey of exploration and documentation of a shipwreck he discovered off New Castle in the 1960s. He finally is ready to present his work to the public and believes it is part of a unique chapter in the conflict between Colonists and Native Americans.