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He had a German Luger pistol which he was very fond of. Maria did not know if Enrique worked for San Pedro. Maria recalled that often San Pedro would call and Enrique would leave the house. Upon his return, Maria would ask where did he go with San Pedro, and Enrique would reply that it was none of her business. About once a month, Maria told investigators, Albert would take her and Ricky to dinner, usually at the Forge (where Gary Teriaca’s brother would be shot to death in 1977). The Forge’s owner, Al Malnik, was a close friend of Danny Mones’s, and another reputed protégé of Meyer Lansky’s.

By 1980, MDPD intelligence units ranked Albert and Gary among Dade County’s top ten coke distributors. Gary groomed Albert for criminal success by introducing him to an attorney named Danny Mones. Like Gary, Mones was a second-generation gangster, the son of a top associate of Meyer Lansky’s. It’s said that Lansky paid for Mones’s law-school education at the University of Miami—and made the payoffs necessary for him to pass the bar. Mones, as his former law partner Frank Marks put it, “couldn’t argue a ticket in traffic court,” but he was a ninja in the dark arts of money laundering and political influence.

W. Bush Medal for Excellence in Counterterrorism, the CIA’s Intelligence Commendation Medal and the Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal. Obviously, this Ric Prado was a very successful spy. It seemed unlikely he had any connection with Roberts’s murder tale. I focused on other chapters of Roberts’s book until the summer of 2009, when Prado rudely thrust himself back into the narrative. It happened in June, when CIA director Leon Panetta triggered a brief media storm by revealing that after 9/11 the CIA had created a “targeted assassination unit” to hunt terrorists.

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