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Official Statement from the New Orleans Police Department Concerning Rumors of Crime Ring Involved in Kidney Stealing

January 30, 1997

Internet Subscribers: Over the past six months the New Orleans Police Department has received numerous inquiries from corporations and organizations around the United States warning travelers about a well organized crime ring operating in New Orleans. This information alleges that this ring steals kidneys from travelers, after they have been provided alcohol to the point of unconsciousness.

After an investigation into these allegations, the New Orleans Police Department has found them to be COMPLETELY WITHOUT MERIT AND WITHOUT FOUNDATION. The warnings that are being disseminated through the Internet are FACTIOUS and may in violation of criminal statutes concerning the issuance of erroneous and misleading information. Any organization wishing to speak with members of the New Orleans Police Department is asked to contact Lieutenant Marlon Defillo, Office of Public Affairs at (504) 826-2828.

LIEUTENANT MARLON DEFILLO Commander, Public Affairs