I was a junior reporter on this newspaper when the late Howard Marks was arrested at his Palma home in the summer of 1988. Marks was accused of being the world's biggest smuggler of cannabis. For a few days Palma was at the centre of a massive media storm. Marks, 70, who died over the weekend from bowel cancer, was a colourful character. He had many friends on the island and they all admitted that even though he had been arrested on charges of drug smuggling, he was exceptionally good company and some went even further by saying that he was a "good guy" or "Mr Nice", the title of his top-selling autobiography.