Burien Man Convicted 36 Years Ago Pardoned By President Obama Friday
Randy Eugene Dyer, 63, of Burien, was pardoned by President Obama Friday (May 20th) for charges dating back to 1975 of ‘conspiracy to import marijuana,’ and ‘conspiracy to remove baggage from the custody and control of the U.S. Customs Service and convey false information concerning an attempt to damage a civil aircraft.’
Dyer is one of eight to be pardoned by the President Friday, according to the White House website.
In May, 1975, Dyer, then 27, was charged along with eight others on charges of smuggling hashish on airline flights in Europe. According to newspaper reports at the time, the drugs were often accompanied by a courier who would smuggle it past customs officials. On some occasions, unaccompanied luggage was snuck past authorities with the aid of an airline worker.
Dyer was sentenced to five years in prison and two years of special parole on June 19. 1975. The White House says that the special parole term was “subsequently vacated.”
In addition to this Burien man, the President also pardoned distributors of unauthorized satellite cable-TV signals, and a man who was convicted of selling illegal American alligator hides from prison or parole.
Dyer’s was the oldest case, and this is the second time Obama has granted pardons since entering office.