San Diego

A former figure in the so-called Coronado Company drug-smuggling organization has pleaded guilty to four criminal counts in a bargain with government prosecutors.

The plea bargain Thursday night ended the trial of Robert Kent Lahodny, which would have entered its 11th day Friday.

Lahodny, 35, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to obstruct the government in collection of taxes, two counts of tax evasion, and engaging in a pattern of racketeering activity.

Under terms of the agreement, Lahodny will forfeit his assets. He is expected to be sentenced to seven years in prison on July 29.


The sentence will run concurrently with a six-year prison term Lahodny is serving on an earlier guilty plea to marijuana smuggling charges. With time off for good behavior, Lahodny has 14 months left to serve on his present sentence, and with the new sentence figured in, he could be free in 25 months.

As part of the agreement, the government will dismiss a charge that Lahodny was engaged in a continuing criminal enterprise, which carries a sentence of 10 years to life.

In the racketeering count, Lahodny admitted that he was involved with the Coronado Company in importing tons of marijuana from Thailand and Morocco. The specific loads mentioned in the plea included two tons brought into Bear Harbor in June, 1979, and six tons brought into Neah Bay, Wash., in August, 1980.