BISMARCK, N.D. — A man whom authorities have connected to a large drug trafficking ring in Puerto Rico is in custody in North Dakota.

The U.S. Marshals Service High Plains Fugitive Task Force and local police arrested 23-year-old Christian Rivera-Rivera at a construction site in Bismarck on Wednesday. The man nicknamed “Albino” appeared in federal court later in the day and pleaded not guilty.

He remains in custody until a detention hearing.

As Rivera-Rivera was being arrested, U.S. marshals in Puerto Rico arrested 25 of 26 other suspects in what authorities call the Benito-Lopez Violent Drug Trafficking Organization. They also seized weapons, cash and large amounts of cocaine.

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