Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 11, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
RIVARD Rivard to be freed NEW YORK (CP) U S Parole Board authorities disclosed Tuesday that Lucien Rivard of Montreal, convicted drug smug- gler who was the centre of an extradition battle nine years ago, will be released from prison next month and turned over to immigration authorities for depor- tation Curtis Crawford, regional director of the U S parole system at Philadelphia, said in a telephone interview that Rivard will be released Jan 17 from federal prison at Lewisburg, Pa where he has been serving a 20-year term since 1965 Crawford said Rivard appeared before the Parole Board early in November "and his record was found to be such that he was deserv- ing of parole at this time Rivard, who was described during his trial as the key figure in a vast heroin-smuggling operation, came into prominence when his ef- forts to avoid extradi- tion from Canada to the United States produced allegations of bribery in government circles and led to a royal com- mission inquiry During the extradi- tion fight, Rivard es- caped from Montreal's Bordeaux jail and was at large for four months Recaptured near Montreal, he was sent to the United States for trial at Laredo, Tex where he was convicted and sentenced to a 20- year term and fined Three Rivard associates were sentenced to lesser prison terms and given smaller fines Crawford said the 59- year-old Rivard originally was classed as a non-paroleable prisoner He became eligible for parole several months ago when the U S Congress abolished the re- striction and made all such prisoners paroleable He said Rivard will be turned over to immigra- tion officials at Lewjsburg prison and he assumes they will immediately deport him to Canada Crawford said he has no information about the three other men senU-ncta with Rivard, except that they are all serving time in Leavenworth peniten- tiary at Leavenworth, Kansas The three are Jufoen Gagnon, now 45, a former beauty-parlor operator serving 15 years and fined Joseph Raymond Jones, 37, a salesman. 15 years and a fine, and Charles-Emile Gro- leau. 64, 12 years and a fine Groleau was describ- ed during the trial as Rivard's "executive of- ficer" In the drug- smuggling operation Rivard was convicted on two narcotics charges One charge was of conspiring with the three men convicted with him to smuggle heroin into the U S The other was of causing the smuggling of a 76-pound heroin shipment in 1963 and estimated to have been worth possibly as much as million on the illegal market. uwwtuvwi 1 1, me LcinDmuitc OSMONDS 'Love Me For A Reason' ALBUMS 8 TRACKS BACHMAN-TURNER OVERPRlVt U BACHMAN-TURNER OVERDRIVE M BACHMAN-TURNER OVERDRIVE 'Not Fragile' ERIC CLAPTON '461 Ocean Blvd.' URIAH HEEP 'Best of Uriah Heep Vol. 2' ANKA ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA 'Eldorado' RINGO STARR 'Goodnight Vienna' ANNE MURRAY 'Highly Prized Possessions' JOHNLENNON 'Walls and Bridges' TOM JONES 'Greatest Hits' ENGLEBERT HUMPERDINCK 'Greatest Hits' TOM JONES 'Something About You' RAY CHARLES 'World of Ray Charles' LP 2.99 8TR 4.49 MOODY BLUES 'Best Of The Moody Blues' LP 9.99 Cassette Clearance Pre-Recorded by your favourite stars Country, Easy-Listening and Instrumental. EACH ALBUMS A Wide Variety To Suit Every Taste for A WOOLCO EXCLUSIVE JOHNNY MATHIS 'Wonderful Wonderful' LP 8TR. 8-Tracks JOHNNY CASH, THE STORIES, AP- POLLO 100, AL WILSON and many more tremendous titles to choose from. EACH 2 Album Sets A wide variety of Top Name Rock, Country and Instrumental from which to choose. EACH (CO DEPARTMENT STORES WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO LIMIT QUANTITIES College Shopping Mall 202S Mayor Magrath Monday, ft Wednesday a.m. to p.m. Thursday ft Friday a.m. to p.m. Saturday a.m. to p.m.