Tuesday, September 15, 2020

DEA agent José Irizarry pleads guilty to laundering cartel cash

Former DEA agent José Irizarry has 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 to avoid seizure by the DEA.
The FBI arrested Irizarry and his wife Nathalia Gómez Irizarry at their home near San Juan, Puerto Rico in February. Nathalia Gomez is related to Diego Marin, who U.S. and Colombian officials describe as one of the top money-laundering suspects in the country over the past decade.

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 in Colombia began to suspect the scheme. It's thought the free spending Irizarry stole some $7m.