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Public defender among three arrested on suspicion of cocaine

November 04, 2003

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Three men, including an attorney with the Los Angeles County Public

Defender's office, were released Sunday on $10,000 bail after being

arrested on suspicion of possessing cocaine, police said.

Jeffrey Betts Cohen, 44, of Los Angeles and Andrew Francisco

Pesina, 50, and Peter Earnest Oliverez, 43, both of Glendale, were

arrested Saturday after a patrol officer saw the trio in Cohen's

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parked Lexus SC300 coupe, according to a police report. The officer

searched the men and the car and found Cohen holding a plastic straw,

believed to be used to snort cocaine, and a bindle of cocaine,

according to the report.

Oliverez, who works as an attorney for the county, refused to

speak to the officer about the incident and also refused to submit to

a drug-abuse recognition exam, according to the report. A court date

is pending.

Darleene Barrientos

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