Los Miami Gang's Property-Flipping, Steroid-Using Leader Faces Jury Verdict Today

Chances are good that Alvaro Lopez Tardon will be found guilty of money laundering today or tomorrow. If he is, there probably won't be anyone in the federal court room to shed a tear: Tardon's associates have all turned on him, including his wife.

Here at Riptide, however, we will mourn the end to one of the most Miami stories ever. Somehow, Tardon's short life managed to touch on every shady aspect of this city, from steroids to plastic surgery, Santeria to straw-buying SoBe penthouses, drug smuggling to dealing exotic cars.

In other words, Tardon was the Tony Montana of our times.

See also: Los Miami gang nabbed in huge drug bust

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Michael E. Miller was a staff writer at Miami New Times for five years. His work for New Times won many national awards, including back-to-back-to-back Sigma Delta Chi medallions. He now covers local enterprise for the Washington Post.