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August 30, 1989 | HENRY WEINSTEIN, Times Staff Writer
A Los Angeles jury on Tuesday began deliberating the fate of a wealthy Honduran businessman described as "a narcotics trafficker of incredible magnitude" by federal prosecutors, but defended as an "innocent victim" of the anti-drug war by his lawyer. During a four-week trial in U.S. District Court here, assistant U.S. Attys.
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September 7, 1989 | HENRY WEINSTEIN, Times Staff Writer
A wealthy Honduran businessman, considered by federal prosecutors to be the most significant international drug trafficker ever tried in the western United States, was convicted by a federal court jury in Los Angeles on Wednesday of running a major cocaine syndicate and faces a possible life sentence. U.S. Atty. Gary A. Feess said Juan Ramon Matta Ballesteros "is on the level of the top 10 Colombian drug traffickers." The conviction of Matta stemmed from a Sept. 24, 1981, raid in which U.S.
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September 7, 1989 | HENRY WEINSTEIN, Times Staff Writer
A wealthy Honduran businessman, considered by federal prosecutors to be the most significant international drug trafficker ever tried in the western United States, was convicted by a federal court jury in Los Angeles on Wednesday of running a major cocaine syndicate and faces a possible life sentence. U.S. Atty. Gary A. Feess said Juan Ramon Matta Ballesteros "is on the level of the top 10 Colombian drug traffickers." The conviction of Matta stemmed from a Sept. 24, 1981, raid in which U.S.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 30, 1989 | HENRY WEINSTEIN, Times Staff Writer
A Los Angeles jury on Tuesday began deliberating the fate of a wealthy Honduran businessman described as "a narcotics trafficker of incredible magnitude" by federal prosecutors, but defended as an "innocent victim" of the anti-drug war by his lawyer. During a four-week trial in U.S. District Court here, assistant U.S. Attys.
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January 17, 1990 | HENRY WEINSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A wealthy Honduran businessman, described by prosecutors as one of the world's most significant narcotics traffickers, was sentenced by a federal judge in Los Angeles on Tuesday to life in prison without the possibility of parole for running a major cocaine syndicate. Juan Ramon Matta Ballesteros "is on the level of Colombian drug cartel leaders" and former Colombian drug kingpin Carlos Lehder, who is now in federal prison in Illinois, according to Assistant U.S. Atty.
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