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Zhenli Ye Gon must wait in jail as prosecutors pore over documents and coordinate with law enforcement officials from three countries to try to prove the Mexican businessman helped import massive quantities of methamphetamines into the United States, a federal judge ruled last week. At a Sept. 7 hearing, Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul Laymon asked Judge Emmet Sullivan of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia for more time to gather string in a case that reaches into the United States (where Ye Gon gambled away $120 million in alleged drug money, and where his 17-month-old son lives), Mexico (where he owns a pharmaceutical company, which he allegedly used to import huge quantities of a chemical cousin of ephedrine), and China (from where Ye Gon purchased the chemical). Sullivan denied Ye Gon’s bond, saying he was a flight risk, but placed the government on a strict 90-day schedule, with status conferences each month. “This is a big case, and the government needs to develop the resources and proceed at something other than a snail’s pace,” Sullivan said.
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