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Man confused with same-name drug suspect

Oct. 30, 2009 at 2:39 PM   |   Comments

LEAMINGTON, Ontario, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- Having the same name, nickname and age as a man arrested on drug charges made for an embarrassing day for a Canadian businessman in southwestern Ontario.

A major drug sweep in the area netted 59 people, whose names were published Thursday by the Windsor Star.

Among them was a 48-year-old man named Sarkis "Sam" Yousseff of Leamington. Another man, a businessman with the same name, told the newspaper he was besieged with phone calls from family, customers and friends when the report came out.

Leamington Police Constable Kevin O'Neil told the Star officers knew in advance there were two Yousseffs in the town.

"You know, I feel for the guy," he said, in reference to the businessman.

In another twist, one of the other suspects arrested in the raid was a tenant of a property businessman Yousseff owns, the newspaper said.

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