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November 20, 1991 | ROBERT L. JACKSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Carlos Lehder, the only leader of Colombia's Medellin drug cartel in U.S. custody, was put on the witness stand Tuesday to add to the mass of government evidence against deposed Panamanian dictator Manuel A. Noriega. Lehder, 42, who was extradited to the United States in 1987 and convicted of conspiracy after a seven-month trial, said that Noriega--being tried on drug-smuggling and racketeering charges--was known as "just a corrupt police official" as early as 1981.
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November 26, 1991 | ROBERT L. JACKSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A former high-ranking official of the notorious Medellin drug cartel testified Monday that he and his associates contributed up to $10 million to the Nicaraguan Contras in the mid-1980s. The witness, Carlos Lehder, suggested the purpose of the payment might have been to assure Contra protection of cocaine shipments bound for the United States through Costa Rica.
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January 14, 1990
A pilot for convicted drug kingpin Carlos Lehder Rivas has been sentenced to two consecutive life terms and fined $2 million by a federal judge. Jack Carlton Reed, 59, of Los Angeles, was sentenced Friday for his October conviction of conspiring to distribute cocaine and operating a continuing criminal enterprise. Another defendant, Donald K. Lady, 41, of Pomona, was sentenced to 10 years in prison for conspiring to import cocaine.
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November 22, 1991 | From Associated Press
International drug trafficker Carlos Lehder testified Thursday that U.S. authorities offered him a "green light" to smuggle cocaine into the United States if he let them use his island in the Bahamas to run guns to the Nicaraguan Contras. Lehder, a witness in the federal trial of former Panamanian strongman Manuel A. Noriega, said that the U.S. vice consul in Cali, Colombia, made the offer in 1982. Accompanying the official was a man presented as his superior.
NEWS
April 22, 1987
A federal judge delayed for 4 1/2 months the start of the trial in Jacksonville, Fla., of accused Colombian drug lord Carlos Lehder. Federal Judge Howell Melton granted Lehder's two lawyers about half the time they requested to prepare their case and set a September trial date. Lehder, 37, is charged with being part of a conspiracy that smuggled 3.3 tons of cocaine into north Florida and Georgia between 1978 and 1980. He was arrested Feb. 4 in Colombia.
NEWS
January 6, 1989
Gunmen in Colombia who reportedly kidnaped two U.S. missionaries have demanded the release of Carlos Lehder Rivas, an extradited drug kingpin sentenced in the United States last year to life without parole, a spokesman for the Protestant missionary group said. The gunmen, believed to be drug traffickers, also threatened to kill one missionary for every Colombian extradited to the United States to face drug charges, according to Hector Pardo of the Colombian Evangelical Federations.
NEWS
June 1, 1988
Confusion reigned over who kidnaped Alvaro Gomez Hurtado, 69, newspaper publisher and conservative politician in Colombia, and whether he is still alive. Police blamed leftist rebels for the kidnaping. However, an anonymous telephone caller to a radio station claimed responsibility for a group known as "The Extraditables," who are seeking leniency for Carlos Lehder Rivas, a kingpin of the Medellin drug cartel convicted on drug charges last week in Florida.
NEWS
November 21, 1991 | ROBERT L. JACKSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Playing the role of a latter-day Joseph Valachi, Carlos Lehder held a federal courtroom spellbound Wednesday as he revealed the secrets of a murderous cartel that ruled the drug world for more than a decade. Like Valachi, the American mobster who ripped the veil of secrecy from the inner council of the Mafia at nationally televised Senate hearings in 1963, the dark-haired Lehder became the first Colombian mobster to speak with first-hand authority about Manuel A.
NEWS
November 20, 1991 | ROBERT L. JACKSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Carlos Lehder, the only leader of Colombia's Medellin drug cartel in U.S. custody, was put on the witness stand Tuesday to add to the mass of government evidence against deposed Panamanian dictator Manuel A. Noriega. Lehder, 42, who was extradited to the United States in 1987 and convicted of conspiracy after a seven-month trial, said that Noriega--being tried on drug-smuggling and racketeering charges--was known as "just a corrupt police official" as early as 1981.
NEWS
November 18, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Carlos Lehder, the most important Colombian cocaine boss ever jailed by the United States, is expected to testify for the government early this week in the drug conspiracy case against Manuel A. Noriega. Sources close to the case said that Lehder, serving life imprisonment but offered a deal for his testimony, was moved secretly from his prison quarters in Illinois to a downtown Miami holding cell in recent days.
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May 4, 1990 | From Associated Press
A former kingpin of the Medellin drug cartel said Colombian drug lords donated about $20 million to the U.S.-backed Contras in Nicaragua. Carlos Lehder Rivas, 40, made his remarks in a broadcast Thursday night of ABC's PrimeTime Live, which interviewed him in the federal prison in Marion, Ill., where Lehder is serving a life sentence plus 135 years. "We did give a great deal of money to the Contra cause . . . I gave.
NEWS
January 14, 1990
A pilot for convicted drug kingpin Carlos Lehder Rivas has been sentenced to two consecutive life terms and fined $2 million by a federal judge. Jack Carlton Reed, 59, of Los Angeles, was sentenced Friday for his October conviction of conspiring to distribute cocaine and operating a continuing criminal enterprise. Another defendant, Donald K. Lady, 41, of Pomona, was sentenced to 10 years in prison for conspiring to import cocaine.
NEWS
October 27, 1989 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A Californian and two other men were convicted and two Californians were acquitted of drug charges by a federal court jury in Jacksonville, Fla. They had been accused of conspiring with convicted Colombian drug lord Carlos Lehder to distribute cocaine and with operating a continuing criminal enterprise. Found guilty were Donald K. Lady, a Pomona contractor; Jack C. Reed of Jacksonville and Barry Kane of Hyannis, Mass. Kane and Lady were convicted only of the latter charge. Thomas H.
NEWS
January 6, 1989
Gunmen in Colombia who reportedly kidnaped two U.S. missionaries have demanded the release of Carlos Lehder Rivas, an extradited drug kingpin sentenced in the United States last year to life without parole, a spokesman for the Protestant missionary group said. The gunmen, believed to be drug traffickers, also threatened to kill one missionary for every Colombian extradited to the United States to face drug charges, according to Hector Pardo of the Colombian Evangelical Federations.
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July 21, 1988 | Associated Press
A federal judge on Wednesday sentenced convicted Colombian cocaine kingpin Carlos Lehder to a maximum life sentence without parole plus 135 years as a sign of society's determination to expunge "this cancer." U.S. District Judge Howell W. Melton brushed aside Lehder's contention that he was a political prisoner.
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