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The New York Times January 21, 1943
He Denies He Sent Boy to Get Marihuana Cigarettes

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 20 (UP) -- Gene Krupa, swing­band leader, pleaded innocent today to a charge that he contributed to the delinquency of a minor by sending a 17­year­old boy to his hotel room for marihuana cigarettes.

Judge Thomas J. Foley continued the case to Jan. 26 on a motion by defense attorney, J.W. Ehrlich. Mr. Krupa was arrested last night by Federal narcotics agents after appearing at a local theatre.

In continuing the case, Judge Foley made public a statement which the youth, John Pateakos, of Bedford, Mass., made to the narcotics agents.

The District Attorney's office said that Federal agents arrested Pateakos and found marihuana cigarettes in his possession. Pateakos told the arresting officers, the District Attorney's office said, that he had been sent to the hotel room to get the cigaretes and that he was to take them to the band leader at the theatre.

At the city prison, where he was booked and released, the band leader made a general denial of the charges "as I understand them."

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