A former brazen Florida cocaine trafficker, who became an ultra-wealthy database guru that bought valuable gifts for corrupt Orange County sheriff-turned-convicted-felon Mike Carona, died Thursday or Friday, according to news reports.
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Haidl--a notorious chain smoker and booze guzzler with a penchant for communicating in streams of cuss words--was rewarded for the illegal contributions with a powerful assistant sheriff's job and, though he'd never taken a single police training class, full police powers in California.
He also got a county patrol car, one he later admitted in court that he used to impress his neighbors and friends.
(Jeffrey Rawitz, one of Carona's colorful, high-priced defense lawyers, died at the age of 46 shortly after enthusiastically attempting to discredit the case brought by Assistant United States Attorney Brett Sagel and his office partner, Ken Julian, who is now in private practice.)
Though he used his public office for corruption, Carona remains the recipient of a lucrative-taxpayer funded pension that deposits into his bank account more than $21,000 a month--even while he's in prison and for the rest of his life.