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3 Convicted of Helping to Murder Witnesses

November 08, 2001|From Times Wire Reports

Two men and a woman were convicted of charges that they helped murder government witnesses to keep them from testifying in one of Miami's most infamous cocaine smuggling cases, federal prosecutors said.

A federal court jury found Edward Lezcano, Jairo Castro and Yuby Ramirez guilty of one to three counts each of murder, although they were not accused of firing the fatal gunshots.

All three face life in prison at sentencing hearings set for Jan. 28, 29 and 30.

The murdered witnesses had been set to testify against alleged cocaine kingpins Agusto "Willie" Falcon and Salvador Magluta, who were accused of operating a multibillion-dollar drug smuggling enterprise.

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