February 28, 1991 |
Two co-defendants of Manuel A. Noriega conspired with the former Panamanian dictator to smuggle a yacht "packed to the gunnels with cocaine" into Miami, prosecutors said Wednesday. But lawyers for Brian Alden Davidow and William Saldarriaga said their clients are victims of political and legal pressures to convict Noriega.
May 25, 1991 |
A federal judge sent a tough message to Manuel A. Noriega's co-defendants on Friday when he handed down a 20-year prison sentence to a man who spurned a plea bargain. The message: Cooperating with prosecutors may be the safest route. William Saldarriaga, 47, a Colombian businessman, was found guilty in March of two drug trafficking counts in a 1986 arms-for-cocaine deal that forms a small part of Noriega's broader indictment. The 20-year sentence levied by U.S. District Judge William M.
March 15, 1991 |
A defense witness on Thursday denied any involvement in key guns-for-drugs planning meetings with former Panama dictator Manuel A. Noriega and his co-defendants, rebutting a government witness' testimony. Orlando Villarreal Sr. had been listed as a prosecution witness in the trial of William Saldarriaga and Brian Davidow, but he took the stand for the defense.
March 1, 1991 |
The drug-smuggling trial of two co-defendants of Manuel A. Noriega opened here Thursday with the surprising news that a chief prosecution witness had been killed hours earlier in a car crash. Ramon A. Navarro, 41, who federal prosecutors said would describe a meeting between the two defendants and Noriega, was pronounced dead at the scene late Wednesday after his car left a road, crashed into a fence and then rammed into a concrete base of an electrical transformer in southwest Miami.
February 16, 1991 |
The trial of Gen. Manuel A. Noriega is still four months away, but the name of the deposed Panamanian ruler is expected to be invoked often beginning Tuesday when two co-defendants enter federal court here to face drug smuggling charges. Brian Davidow and William Saldarriaga are accused of smuggling 732 pounds of cocaine into the United States in 1985 or 1986 aboard a Panamanian vessel called the Krill. According to U.S.
January 6, 1990 |
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.