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DEA PAID $20,000 IN DELIVERY OF DOCTOR

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The Drug Enforcement Administration acknowledged Friday that it paid $20,000 to people who delivered to the United States a Mexican doctor charged in the murder of an American drug agent.

"We did make a payment for services of $20,000" connected to the delivery of Dr. Humberto Alvarez Machain to El Paso, Texas, where he was arrested April 3, said DEA spokesman Frank Shults.But Shults insisted, "We did not pay a reward or a bounty."

Shults would not specify the "services" but noted it may have involved such things as the rental of the plane that flew the Guadalajara gynecologist to this country to face charges in the 1985 kidnapping, torture and murder of DEA Agent Enrique "Kiki" Camarena.