Pablo Escobar's criminal partner was freed in the US and moved to Berlin



MIAMI (AP) - Pablo Escobar's criminal partner and one of Colombia's "cocaine cowboys" have been released after a lengthy prison sentence in a U.S. prison, his lawyer said Tuesday.


Carlos Lehder moved to his new home in Berlin after being released from a U.S. prison in Florida on Monday, where he was placed as part of a government witness protection program, lawyer Oscar Arroway told The Associated Press.

He was one of the leaders of the 70-year-old Lehder, along with Escobar of the Medellin Cartel, who dominated the world cocaine trade in the 1980s. At the same time, a fan of both John Lennon and Adolf Hitler, Lehder was portrayed as a wild, female criminal in the Netflix series "Narcos" in Norman K, a private island for a cocaine-filled plane. A few hundred miles off the coast of Florida in the Bahamas.

His extradition to the US in 1987 severely halted the US targeting Colombian Narcos, who bribed and threatened to prosecute Nadir of the bloody cartel turf wars in the South American country.

Escobar became his fellow rival, and in 1993, police in Medellin did not see an American prison cell. But since then, tens of thousands of Colombian drug smugglers have been in US prisons, many of them working much shorter than Lehder.

The federal sentencing guidelines are too expensive for defendants who have not been represented by Lehder at the time of his arrest, and who have been accused of fighting and losing jury trials.

"No one accused of drug trafficking is going to trial in the US right now," said Arov, who said he would go to Berlin to share a celebratory beer with his client after such a lengthy trial. " Drug traffickers are much bigger than that. "

Lehder was initially sentenced to more than 135 years, but his sentence was reduced to 55 years after the former Panama strongman agreed to testify against General Manuel Noriega.

Lehr was granted German citizenship by his father, an immigrant from Colombia. Arroyev said Lehder was not interested in returning to Colombia and that German authorities helped him to settle in his adopted homeland.

"He's always crazy, but he's also very clever," said Richard Gregory, a former US attorney in Miami, who said that Lehder was shut out of mouth and many other Colombian drug smugglers. "He's old, but he's still left quite mad."

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