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Associated Press Modified: May 3, 2012 at 9:31 am •  Published: May 3, 2012

Court records obtained by The Associated Press show that Burke is another longtime Charlestown resident with a colorful past.

In 1988, he was sent to prison for a string of six bank robberies in Florida. At the time, he told FBI agents he had been involved in as many as 18 heists of banks and armored cars, in several states, before being captured in Minnesota.

Prison didn't rob him of his criminal impulses. While still incarcerated, in 1994, Burke was caught in an FBI sting conspiring to distribute 5 kilograms of cocaine in Charlestown with the help of some associates. He had more time tacked on to his sentence and was finally released on a combination of probation and parole in October 2010.

Contacted by The AP, DiLibero said he wouldn't talk about Burke or give any information about the mysterious $180,000.

On April 20, Burke was arrested on an alleged probation violation. Since his release from prison, he had failed a drug test and also had been accused of leaving the country without permission, according to remarks made by lawyers and a judge at an initial hearing on the matter.

Prosecutors involved in Burke's cases in New York and Boston didn't return phone calls. A spokeswoman for the DEA declined to comment.

Real estate documents show that the Philadelphia house listed in some records as the headquarters of 180 Entertainment is owned by Anthony Fedele, a former business partner of the late Philadelphia music producer Stephen Epstein. Before his death, Epstein was known for being a close friend and occasional business partner of Joseph "Skinny Joey" Merlino, the onetime boss of the Philadelphia mafia.

The courts have yet to rule on whether the DEA will get to keep the money.

Coincidentally, A&E announced in March that it had teamed up with Boston-born actor Mark Wahlberg to make an unscripted docudrama about Coyman's old union, Teamsters Local 25. The union says it cleaned up its act years ago after top officials were convicted in a series of federal racketeering investigations.