Federal Agents Helped Major Drug Trafficker Move Millions in Cash

Investigators with the Drug Enforcement Agency helped a Mexican narcotics kingpin transfer million of dollars in illegal cash profits, the New York Times reports today.

The DEA program recalls a similar, much smaller scale operation first reported in the Voice last month in our article about government informant Angel Perez. The Voice article disclosed that Perez convinced U.S. Immigration and customs agents to move $500,000 in cash from the Dominican Republic to Miami and Puerto Rico. But, somehow, the smuggling operation didn't result in any arrests or even the identification of the source of the money.

The Times report, meanwhile, says that DEA agents got involved in the illegal scheme back in 2007 to infiltrate and take apart drug organizations in Mexico. The agents also helped the kingpin, Harold Mauricio Poveda-Ortega, move a big shipment of cocaine from Ecuador through Dallas to Madrid. DEA agents posed as pilots offering to ship cocaine for $1,000 a kilo.

Rightly, the Times article asks the question of whether the DEA was "fighting or facilitating crime." And the conclusion? Well, in Timesian fashion, we don't get an answer. The article quotas a former federal prosecutor saying that stateside rules don't apply overseas, so law enforcement agencies "make up the rules as they go along."

"It's a slippery slop," Morris Panner tells the Times. "The United States could end up helping the bad guys more than hurting them."

As for the DEA, the Times got a statement defending the practice, and saying that the operation allowed "Mexican authorities to kill or capture dozens of high-ranking and mid level drug dealers."

The kingpin, Poveda-Ortega, evaded arrest for two years, before he was finally caught in November of 2010.



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ChristianPreachMarkS
ChristianPreachMarkS

Questions of CRIMINAL ACTIVITY IN THE GOVERNMENT SUCH AS THAT KILLED THE BORDER PATROL WORKER AND OTHERS WHERE IS THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT JUDGE JUDGING THOSE IN CHARGE WITH RESPONSABILITIES FOR THE SAFTY OF US AMERICANS THAT PRAY FOR ALL THAT ARE IN AUTHORITY TO BE ABLE TO DO GOOD JOB OR ARE THEY KILLERS, LIKE CAIN THAT KILLED ABLE HIS BROTHER ? HOLY BIBLE ? WHAT IS TO BE LEARNED FROM EVIL DOING OF THOSE USEING THE LAW WRONGFULLY ? PROVERBS 28:13 ; 1 TIMOTHY 1:8:9--:10 ; 2 PETER 3:9 ; ROMANS 6:23 ; COLOSSIANS 4:6 ; 1 PETER 3:15 ; WHOLE BOOK OF JUDE in the NEW TESTAMENT ; GALATIANS 5:1

ChristianPreachMarkS
ChristianPreachMarkS

questions of CRIMINAL ACTIVITY IN THE GOVERNMENT SUCH AS THAT KILLED THE BORDER PATROL WORKER AND OTHERS WHERE IS THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT JUDGE JUDGING THOSE IN CHARGE WITH RESPONSABILITIES FOR THE SAFTY OF US AMERICANS THAT PRAY FOR ALL THAT ARE IN AUTHORITY TO BE ABLE TO DO GOOD JOB OR ARE THEY KILLER LIKE CAIN THAT KILLED ABLE HIS BROTHER ? HOLY BIBLE ?

Kenneth Farthing
Kenneth Farthing

doesn't this make everyone convicted on drug charges a political prisoner

dsmith43
dsmith43

Is this really a surprise? This has been going on more than 40 years. Always corrupt and always will be. Follow the money and you get corruption. People are inherently corrupt.

George
George

The DEA deals all the drugs. This has been happening forever and The Village Voice broke those stories about Barry Seal and Oliver North selling cocaine back in 85/86. ANd then they lock up 1 million people on drug charges here??? This is grounds for revolution.

Ed Clint
Ed Clint

And what about all the drug laundering that never makes the news? The money that just quietly goes through that we never hear off? If no one has noticed, DEA officials are never prosecuted, much less CIA. Are all these Feds just little angels? The little local cops and the Border Patrol out in the brush, and the other little foot soldiers in the ICE cubicles on the bridges do get burned and prosecuted sometimes. But it never goes too far up the food chain. http://writersoftheriogrande.c...

Craig X Rubin
Craig X Rubin

Now when we comment publicly we are considered reporters and are being documented by Home Land Security....so, here goes...this is not a drill.....our government launders money, sells drugs, transport drugs and sells millions of dollars of weapons to the cartels....my question is:WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN DRUG DEALERS AND THE US GOVERNMENT?

Tim Pedersen
Tim Pedersen

The article "quotas" a former federal..."It's a slippery 'slop'," Morris Panner tells....

ugh... proofread much?

Goldenarbeit
Goldenarbeit

If this story is true, considering it comes from the NY Times, then what immunity cloaks the people in DEA, etc. from prosecution?  One can readily imagine numerous felonies, if the story is true.  A grand jury should be given an investigative mandate.  It can return indictments against federal agents and proscuters as well as civilians.  There is no exemption n law for engaging in drug commerce.  None.  A controlled buy by anordinary narc is the end of commerce: it stops with the police.  If this story is true, then the commerce was aided and did not stop. There is no immunity in law for that. A grand jury could indict based on facts and application of law.  The US AG has aready said he did not know of Fast and Furious, thus, there is no immunity from top down. This is a serious article - if true.

Sara G
Sara G

And what about Operation Fast & Furious??? What's the excuse?

Andrew
Andrew

The Mexican authorities didn't even know about Operation Fast and Furious. "Mexican authorities to kill or capture dozens of high-ranking and mid level drug dealers." was probably a blatant lie or they killed the cartels who didn't pay the Feds their cut.

The New York Times is owned by the very people banking off cartel money. This is a half story.

Freeintx Love
Freeintx Love

The French ConnectionAir AmericaIran Contra10,400 TONS of heroin and opium out of Afghanistan in 2008 alone.Karsai's brother was a CIA agent and the worlds largest heroin dealer.Wachovia, to stay in business a few years longer, laundered $387 BILLION for Mexican drug cartelsOperation Fast and Furious paid for $200 MILLION in coke with American made firearms to demonize the 2nd AmendmentOperation Gun Runner did the same thing

I think it's pretty clear who the drug cartels are.  The DEA, the CIA, the FBI, Coast Guard, Border Patrol, the BAFT-E, and the DoJ are NOTHING but a bunch of drug running SCUM trying to destroy our country with highly addictive drugs.

They flood our streets with the most addictive substances known to man, then they bust the users and stick them in the prisons that are owned by BANKSTERS receiving tax-payer dollars based on the number of inmates they house.  The inmates are put to work at 25 cents an hour and make goods that put union workers out of work, and compete against the Chinese and Mexican slave labor markets.

We have over 2 MILLION people in prisons and jails throughout the country and 70% of those people are for non-violent drug offenses, and are disproportionately minority, mainly black and hispanic.

WAKE UP AMERICA, our government are drug dealing SCUM, and it goes right to the top with Goldman Sachs paid puppets like Bush and Obama.  BTW  Mitt Romney's #1 campaign contributor, like Obama, like Bush, like Clinton, is/was GOLDMAN SACHS!  If we keep electing these SCUM, our country is doomed!

SOTK
SOTK

Hear, Hear!  HW Bush was drug dealing scum, Clinton followed and used his own product.

I hate it when they honor that scumbag.  The NRA supports keeping firearms out of the hands of many of the non-violent offenders that are jailed as a result of these scams.

Vote Ron Paul 2012, legalize drugs and put these scum out of business for good.

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