Cocaine King Max Mermelstein's Long-Lost Daughter Found Out He Died Through New Times

Last year, New Times published a feature detailing the strange last days of Max Mermelstein, the master cocaine smuggler who turned snitch in the mid-80s and died under government protection in 2008.

Among the readers: Rochelle Desiree Mermelstein Gomez, Max's 36-year-old daughter who he had abandoned in Puerto Rico in 1976, when she was two. Her mother, Gladys Gomez, had been trying to track down Max since then.

Both of them found out that Max had died only by reading the New Times story.

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Gus Garcia-Roberts