Sunday, March 7, 2021

DEA agent José Irizarry pleads guilty to laundering cartel cash

Former DEA agent José Irizarry admitted laundering millions for the cartel he was investigating. Feds say Irizarry was "secretly using his position and his special access to information" to divert millions in drug profits.
The free spending Irizarry stole over $7m.
The FBI arrested Irizarry and his wife Nathalia Gómez Irizarry at their home near San Juan, Puerto Rico. Nathalia Gomez is related to Diego Marin, godfather to Irizarry’s children. Marin is linked to the Cali cartel. When Irizarry was an agent in Miami in early 2009, he was entrusted with an undercover money laundering operation using façade companies, accounts in fictitious banks and messaging. Irizarry resigned in January 2018 when his boss began to suspect the scheme.