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Pot smuggler turns himself in after 20 years on the run
    #4467356 - 07/29/05 02:33 AM (11 years, 9 months ago)

Pot smuggler turns himself in after 20 years on the run
July 28, 2005 - montereyherald.com

SEATTLE (AP) - A man wanted for the past two decades on charges he helped import many tons of marijuana called the FBI, said he was tired of living on the run and turned himself in at the U.S.-Canadian border, federal prosecutors said Thursday.

Michael Lerner, 62, had been in Canada, but exactly where and for how long was unclear. He appeared gaunt and tired as he shuffled into U.S. District Court here for his initial appearance Thursday, a day after turning himself in.

A federal grand jury in the Northern District of California named Lerner and 17 others in a 195-count indictment in 1986. Most of his co-defendants received sentences of two to three years, though ringleader Kenneth Chasser received a 10-year sentence and a few remain at large.

The indictment charged the group with importing literally tons of marijuana - 8,000 pounds in mid-1983 alone - but it does not specify from where. The conspiracy allegedly ran from approximately 1979-83.

Lerner, described in the indictment as a leader of the group, was also charged with tax evasion and witness tampering.

"He's been gone for a long time," Assistant U.S. Attorney Tessa Gorman said.

Lerner was appointed counsel for his appearance Thursday. He waived a hearing to establish his identity and agreed to be detained until his transport to San Francisco.


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Re: Pot smuggler turns himself in after 20 years on the run [Re: veggie]
    #4468062 - 07/29/05 08:34 AM (11 years, 9 months ago)

Interesting. I would have thought the Statute of Limitations would've applied here...


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Re: Pot smuggler turns himself in after 20 years on the run [Re: Le_Canard]
    #4468823 - 07/29/05 02:00 PM (11 years, 9 months ago)

yeah i thought 7 years was the statute of limitations


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Re: Pot smuggler turns himself in after 20 years on the run [Re: Vulture]
    #4469436 - 07/29/05 04:09 PM (11 years, 9 months ago)

i am not 100% on this but i think the statutes don't apply to him because he was charged with the crime and ran. i think they only have so many years to charge you with a crime before they cant. kind like they cant change you for selling drugs back when you are in high school now that you are grown and have kids. i think....

but i know with murder its different


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Re: Pot smuggler turns himself in after 20 years on the run [Re: LethalX5]
    #4470058 - 07/29/05 05:58 PM (11 years, 9 months ago)

isnt the seven year rule for credit?


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