November 21, 1991 |
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.
November 20, 1991 |
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.
November 18, 1991 |
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.
May 4, 1990 |
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.
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.
October 27, 1989 |
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.