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Two Coast Guard petty officers from Boston and a former Grenada police officer were charged in a federal complaint made public yesterday with conspiracy to import cocaine.

Authorities identified the two Coast Guard officers as Wendy Bens, 25, an electrician's mate, and Jonathan Louis DeCarlo, 23, a gunner's mate, both assigned to the Coast Guard cutter Spencer. The third defendant was identified as Alison Cletus Isaac Alexander, 35, a former drug task force officer in Grenada now living in Yorktown, Va.

According to the complaint filed in U.S. District Court, authorities seized 4 pounds of cocaine from a suitcase belonging to Alexander after he arrived at Baltimore-Washington International Airport on Jan. 27. Customs agents replaced the cocaine with powder, then followed Alexander to a hotel, where they said the suitcase was picked up by Bens and DeCarlo.

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