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Grand jury indicts Puerto Rico drug lords lawyer

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center_img 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center Top Stories 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean Also indicted was legal broker William Barreto Ortiz, who in addition is accused of lying to the FBI.Both men were arrested Monday afternoon at their homes and pleaded not guilty during a court appearance Tuesday afternoon.Figueroa was convicted of murder in August 1995 and sentenced to 208 years in prison in Puerto Rico. But he escaped to the Dominican Republic in 1999 after forging his release papers, only to return to Puerto Rico a decade later.He was arrested again in July 2010 after a high-speed chase and was accused of shipping Colombian cocaine to the U.S. mainland through Puerto Rico.Rodriguez said that more than a year before Figueroa’s return to Puerto Rico, Negron sought to obtain up to $3 million to help nullify Figueroa’s conviction through bribes and had received an initial payment of at least $440,000 stuff in a suitcase.After Figueroa’s 2009 arrest in Puerto Rico, Negron told his client he would seek a new trial and said it would be granted if the presiding judge was offered a $300,000 bribe, according to the indictment. Authorities said Negron received an additional $150,000 in cash, only to return $125,000 of it in 2011 after failing to secure a new trial for Figueroa.last_img read more