HELENA, Mont. — A fugitive who was arrested walking across a remote part of the U.S.-Canada border will face charges dating back to 1989 that he was a member of a trafficking ring that smuggled more than 120 tons of drugs into the country from around the globe.
Jacob Moritz appeared in U.S. District Court in New York City on Monday, three weeks after two people driving in northwestern Montana spotted Moritz and another person emerge from woods near the border.
Moritz, who is now 71 or 72, pleaded not guilty to charges that include conspiracy to import heroin and marijuana. U.S. Magistrate Judge James Cott allowed Moritz to reside with his son in Tampa, Florida, after Moritz posted a $100,000 bond and agreed to wear an electronic monitoring device and abide by a 7 p.m. curfew.