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May 9, 2003 | From Associated Press
Robert W. Merkle Jr., a former federal prosecutor who successfully prosecuted Colombian drug baron Carlos Lehder and battled corrupt public servants, has died. He was 58. Merkle died Monday night at Morton Plant Hospital in Clearwater, Fla., after a brief illness, said his son Robert Merkle III. The family did not disclose the cause of death. While serving from 1982 to 1988 as chief prosecutor in the U.S.
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May 9, 2003 | From Associated Press
Robert W. Merkle Jr., a former federal prosecutor who successfully prosecuted Colombian drug baron Carlos Lehder and battled corrupt public servants, has died. He was 58. Merkle died Monday night at Morton Plant Hospital in Clearwater, Fla., after a brief illness, said his son Robert Merkle III. The family did not disclose the cause of death. While serving from 1982 to 1988 as chief prosecutor in the U.S.
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December 11, 1987
A federal prosecutor in Jacksonville, Fla., identified fugitive businessman Robert L. Vesco as a co-conspirator in the cocaine-smuggling trial of Carlos Lehder Rivas. U.S. District Judge Howell W. Melton allowed a witness to testify about a 1980 meeting with Vesco after U.S. Atty. Robert Merkle argued that details of Vesco's conversation constituted "co-conspirator's testimony." The defense had tried to get the testimony disallowed as hearsay. Merkle did not elaborate on his allegation in court.
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February 25, 1990 | Douglas Frantz and Ronald J. Ostrow and Robert L. Jackson, This story was reported and written by Times staff writers Douglas Frantz, Ronald J. Ostrow and Robert L. Jackson
As early as 1972, the U.S. government was so concerned about what it saw as Manuel Noriega's role in drug trafficking in Panama that it formulated an option to assassinate him. It was no idle contingency plan: A CIA operative was actually dispatched to Mexico to await final orders before the plot was finally scotched, according to a former U.S. intelligence official.
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February 25, 1990 | Douglas Frantz and Ronald J. Ostrow and Robert L. Jackson, This story was reported and written by Times staff writers Douglas Frantz, Ronald J. Ostrow and Robert L. Jackson
As early as 1972, the U.S. government was so concerned about what it saw as Manuel Noriega's role in drug trafficking in Panama that it formulated an option to assassinate him. It was no idle contingency plan: A CIA operative was actually dispatched to Mexico to await final orders before the plot was finally scotched, according to a former U.S. intelligence official.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 9, 1988 | TED ROHRLICH and DAVID TREADWELL, Times Staff Writers
Long just a sleepy town in rural south-central Florida that swelled each winter with the influx of vacationers, Okeechobee in recent years has become a center for the lucrative drug-smuggling trade. Planes loaded with contraband land in isolated fields in the county or on the lake, which is almost 50 miles wide and covers a half-million acres. Still, it was a shock to learn about Larry Greenberger. Larry was the scion of an old and respected local family, and few, if any, residents suspected that he was a big-time cocaine dealer.
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December 13, 1993 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Shopping Network Fights Former Counsel: Home Shopping Network Inc. has filed an insider trading counterclaim against its former general counsel, Allen Allweiss, who is accusing company officials of financial misconduct. The counterclaim, filed in St. Petersburg, Fla., accuses Allweiss of improperly buying more than $1 million of Liberty Media Corp. stock shortly before it bought control of Home Shopping Network. Home Shopping Network, based in St.
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May 20, 1988 | Associated Press
Jurors in the case of Carlos Lehder Rivas decided today that the government can confiscate millions of dollars in real estate on a Bahamian island, as well as several planes and other items owned by the convicted drug dealer. "The island is wrecked. It is trashed. But that is not to say it would not be of some future value," U.S. Atty. Robert Merkle said. The same jury had found the 38-year-old Colombian guilty on all 11 drug-trafficking counts Thursday after seven days of deliberations.
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May 6, 1987 | Associated Press
Carlos Lehder Rivas, accused of heading a cartel that supplied 80% of the cocaine smuggled into the United States, has offered to cooperate with authorities, a U.S. attorney said Tuesday. U.S. Atty. Robert Merkle announced the development in the case during a routine hearing to decide whether Lehder should be moved from his Atlanta prison cell to a facility that is closer to his Miami attorneys.
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May 5, 1988 | Associated Press
More than four tons of cocaine were discovered in hollowed-out Brazilian lumber bound for U.S. cities, federal authorities announced Wednesday. An anonymous letter from Cali, Colombia, tipped drug agents that the freighter Amazon Sky would be smuggling the cocaine, which is expected to total 8,800 pounds, U.S. Atty. Robert Merkle said. "If true, it would represent the largest cocaine seizure in U.S. history," Merkle said. "We're at 6,000 pounds and still counting."
NEWS
December 11, 1987
A federal prosecutor in Jacksonville, Fla., identified fugitive businessman Robert L. Vesco as a co-conspirator in the cocaine-smuggling trial of Carlos Lehder Rivas. U.S. District Judge Howell W. Melton allowed a witness to testify about a 1980 meeting with Vesco after U.S. Atty. Robert Merkle argued that details of Vesco's conversation constituted "co-conspirator's testimony." The defense had tried to get the testimony disallowed as hearsay. Merkle did not elaborate on his allegation in court.
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June 26, 1988 | United Press International
U.S. Atty. Robert W. Merkle, who has symbolized the Reagan Administration's drug-busting efforts, will resign to run for the U.S. Senate in Florida, sources said Saturday. He is expected to declare his candidacy Monday for the Republican nomination to run for the seat being vacated by Sen. Lawton Chiles (D-Fla.), the sources said. Merkle has been U.S. attorney for the middle district of Florida, based in Tampa.
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