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September 18, 1991 | ROBERT L. JACKSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Federal prosecutors Tuesday offered their first testimony that Manuel A. Noriega accepted profits from illicit drug sales directly from the hands of one of his trusted military aides. The testimony of Lt. Col. Luis A. del Cid, a former Noriega confidant in the Panamanian Defense Forces, came just before the close of court on the second day of the government's conspiracy, racketeering and drug-smuggling case against the deposed Panamanian strongman.
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July 10, 1992 | MIKE CLARY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A key prosecution witness whose testimony helped convict former Panamanian leader Gen. Manuel A. Noriega of drug charges was sentenced to time served Thursday after his lawyer dropped a threat to withdraw his guilty plea. Former Lt. Col. Luis del Cid, 48, has been in U.S. custody since the December, 1989, invasion of Panama, which led to Noriega's capture. He will be released from jail and enter the federal witness protection program, possibly within weeks.
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January 11, 1990 | ROBERT L. JACKSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Lt. Col. Luis A. del Cid, a former Panamanian military officer who has been charged with drug trafficking along with Manuel A. Noriega, sought Wednesday to distance himself from his deposed commander by asking a federal judge to grant him a separate trial. The move came as prosecutors tried to arrange a plea bargain for Del Cid to become a star government witness against Noriega, hoping to strengthen a case somewhat clouded by legal concerns over disclosure of sensitive government records.
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September 25, 1991 | ROBERT L. JACKSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A former military aide to deposed Panamanian dictator Manuel A. Noriega acknowledged under cross-examination Tuesday that he never examined the contents of alleged drug-money envelopes he said he delivered to Noriega in the 1980s. Lt. Col. Luis A. del Cid, a prosecution witness who had told Monday of taking cash-filled envelopes to Noriega in his office, conceded to defense attorney Frank Rubino that he never looked inside.
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September 25, 1991 | ROBERT L. JACKSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A former military aide to deposed Panamanian dictator Manuel A. Noriega acknowledged under cross-examination Tuesday that he never examined the contents of alleged drug-money envelopes he said he delivered to Noriega in the 1980s. Lt. Col. Luis A. del Cid, a prosecution witness who had told Monday of taking cash-filled envelopes to Noriega in his office, conceded to defense attorney Frank Rubino that he never looked inside.
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January 24, 1990 | ROBERT L. JACKSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Federal prosecutors asked the judge in the Manuel A. Noriega case Tuesday to impose strict procedures for releasing sensitive documents about the deposed Panamanian leader's past involvement with the CIA and the Drug Enforcement Administration. In a new court filing, government lawyers said many records classified "Top Secret" will be sought by defense attorneys and "could reasonably be expected to cause serious damage to the national security of the United States" if made public.
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March 22, 1990 | ROBERT L. JACKSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A former top military aide to Manuel A. Noriega has tentatively agreed to plead guilty to one drug-trafficking charge and will testify for the government against the deposed Panamanian dictator, sources close to the case said Wednesday. The agreement with Lt. Col. Luis A. del Cid of the Panama Defense Forces is a significant development for federal prosecutors.
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September 24, 1991 | ROBERT L. JACKSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A one-time trusted aide of Manuel A. Noriega testified Monday that the former military leader directed him to deliver bulky envelopes stuffed with drug money to Noriega's headquarters in Panama City. The statement by former Lt. Col. Luis A. del Cid came as the U.S. government presented a second week of testimony in federal court in support of 10 charges that Noriega accepted millions of dollars in payoffs to provide a safe haven for Colombian cocaine traffickers.
NEWS
January 18, 1990 | NORMAN KEMPSTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a surprise move, U.S. District Judge William M. Hoeveler on Wednesday ordered the drug-trafficking and money-laundering trial of deposed Panamanian dictator Manuel A. Noriega and a raft of co-defendants to begin the week of March 5, but he left open the possibility of postponements. Hoeveler fixed the trial date after attorneys for Lt. Col. Luis A.
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September 20, 1991 | ROBERT L. JACKSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A former top military aide to Manuel A. Noriega testified Thursday that the former Panamanian strongman began amassing great power 20 years ago while only a major in his nation's army. Noriega consolidated the functions of national intelligence, immigration, customs and passports under his control soon after he took charge of the military intelligence office in the early 1970s, according to the former aide, Lt. Col. Luis A. del Cid.
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September 24, 1991 | ROBERT L. JACKSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A one-time trusted aide of Manuel A. Noriega testified Monday that the former military leader directed him to deliver bulky envelopes stuffed with drug money to Noriega's headquarters in Panama City. The statement by former Lt. Col. Luis A. del Cid came as the U.S. government presented a second week of testimony in federal court in support of 10 charges that Noriega accepted millions of dollars in payoffs to provide a safe haven for Colombian cocaine traffickers.
NEWS
September 20, 1991 | ROBERT L. JACKSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A former top military aide to Manuel A. Noriega testified Thursday that the former Panamanian strongman began amassing great power 20 years ago while only a major in his nation's army. Noriega consolidated the functions of national intelligence, immigration, customs and passports under his control soon after he took charge of the military intelligence office in the early 1970s, according to the former aide, Lt. Col. Luis A. del Cid.
NEWS
September 18, 1991 | ROBERT L. JACKSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Federal prosecutors Tuesday offered their first testimony that Manuel A. Noriega accepted profits from illicit drug sales directly from the hands of one of his trusted military aides. The testimony of Lt. Col. Luis A. del Cid, a former Noriega confidant in the Panamanian Defense Forces, came just before the close of court on the second day of the government's conspiracy, racketeering and drug-smuggling case against the deposed Panamanian strongman.
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March 9, 1991 | ROBERT L. JACKSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When Manuel A. Noriega goes on trial here this summer, the most crucial witness against him is expected to be his former top military aide, Lt. Col. Luis del Cid. It didn't happen easily. The path to the plea bargain that resulted in Del Cid's acknowledgement of guilt and his agreement to testify about the drug trafficking of his former commander in chief was a long and tortuous one.
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March 22, 1990 | ROBERT L. JACKSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A former top military aide to Manuel A. Noriega has tentatively agreed to plead guilty to one drug-trafficking charge and will testify for the government against the deposed Panamanian dictator, sources close to the case said Wednesday. The agreement with Lt. Col. Luis A. del Cid of the Panama Defense Forces is a significant development for federal prosecutors.
NEWS
February 4, 1990 | ROBERT L. JACKSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Attorneys for Manuel A. Noriega are privately encouraging a move by five of his co-defendants to obtain a separate, earlier trial on grounds that they should not suffer from the adverse publicity that has surrounded the deposed Panamanian dictator.
NEWS
January 6, 1990 | ROBERT L. JACKSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Seeking to strengthen their case against deposed Panamanian dictator Manuel A. Noriega, federal prosecutors are stepping up pressure on some of his co-defendants to testify against him about their alleged drug-trafficking conspiracy. The prosecution believes that the testimony of other defendants, who would be allowed to plead guilty to reduced charges, would be an important boost to a case that may be hampered by problems over the disclosure of sensitive national security documents.
NEWS
December 29, 1989 | ROBERT L. JACKSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Hopeful that Manuel A. Noriega's day in court may be coming soon, U.S. prosecutors are attempting to obtain "inside" testimony from newly captured associates to bolster a criminal case that some officials believe is not strong. So optimistic are prosecutors about potential new evidence against Noriega that they are privately talking about replacing his 22-month-old federal drug-trafficking indictment with a new, more comprehensive one that would cite more proof and additional offenses.
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January 24, 1990 | ROBERT L. JACKSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Federal prosecutors asked the judge in the Manuel A. Noriega case Tuesday to impose strict procedures for releasing sensitive documents about the deposed Panamanian leader's past involvement with the CIA and the Drug Enforcement Administration. In a new court filing, government lawyers said many records classified "Top Secret" will be sought by defense attorneys and "could reasonably be expected to cause serious damage to the national security of the United States" if made public.
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January 20, 1990 | NORMAN KEMPSTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Attorneys for defendants in the Manuel A. Noriega drug trafficking case intensified their attack Friday on acting U.S. Atty. Dexter Lehtinen and his staff, as the judge in the case warned prosecutors against trying to intimidate potential defense witnesses. U.S. District Judge William M.
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