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Former DEA Agent who Conspired with Colombian Cartel Sentenced to 12 Years

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Jose Irizarry

Despite his attorney’s interesting defense that “when my client joined the DEA he was schooled in how to be corrupt” former agent Jose Irizarry has been sentenced. The former U.S. narcotics agent “used his badge to build a lavish lifestyle of expensive cars, parties on yachts and Tiffany jewels” reports NBC News.

Irizarry was sentenced to “more than 12 years in federal prison Thursday for conspiring to launder money with a Colombian cartel.” Irizarry admitted to his crimes, but the defense for his case was to blame his former colleagues at the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

“When my client joined the DEA he was schooled in how to be corrupt, he was schooled in how to break the law” said his attorney Maria Dominguez in court. “In this alternate universe it became easier and less suspect to accept money and gifts” from criminal informants who worked with the narcotics agency.

In handing down her sentence Thursday, U.S. District Court Judge Charlene Honeywell addressed any failings by the DEA for its handling of corrupt agents by “the allure of easy money.” She said it also needed to be investigated.

“This has to stop…you were the one who got caught but it is apparent to this court that there are others.” NBC News reports:

Irizarry’s allegations underscore the porous oversight he received during his career, in which he was entrusted with the government’s use of front companies, shell bank accounts and couriers to combat international drug trafficking.

They also raise new questions about whether his colleagues in the Miami field office, where Irizarry’s criminal activity began, similarly abused the badge in their handling of confidential informants who every year move tens of millions of dollars in dirty money under the DEA’s supervision.

Dominguez in court filings revealed that since Irizarry’s arrest last year he has met with prosecutors for “endless hours” to provide information on the criminal activities of “fellow law-enforcement agents who initiated him in a life of crime.”

Honeywell recently sealed “sensitive” documents filed in the criminal case, saying their disclosure could potentially impede an ongoing criminal investigation, cause targets to flee and hinder cooperation from other witnesses. So far, other than Irizarry’s wife, Nathalia Gomez-Irizarry, and a Colombian customs worker, nobody else has been charged in the conspiracy.

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  1. Sinclair Bill

    December 11, 2021 at 10:16 am

    Just how far do the tentacles of the drug cartels reach into “government officials?” The informed citizens know of operations such as Mena, AR. And with the renewed gush of drugs flowing into the country from China since January , just how stupid does the public need to be not to consider the involvement of “people” at high levels? $1.5 billion Chinese and $350 million Russian “investment” pay-to-play dollars should be a decent clue.

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Biden Admin Signs Five-Year Lease To House Migrant Children As Border Crisis Worsens

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Democrat President Joe Biden’s administration has reportedly signed a five-year lease for an abandoned school in Greensboro, North Carolina, to house unaccompanied migrant children from the southern border amid record levels of illegal immigration.

“The Biden admin has quietly leased a sprawling, upscale school campus in Greensboro, N.C. for the purpose of housing unaccompanied migrant children smuggled across the Southern border, despite claiming last year there were ‘no plans’ to do so. Feds hiring up to 800 staff,” Fox News correspondent Bill Melugin wrote on Twitter.

According to the report from Fox News, ‘Potentially thousands of migrant children will be detained at the American Hebrew Academy campus in Greensboro until they can be housed with either family members already living here in the U.S. or other sponsors.”

The news has led to criticism from House Republicans, who have pointed out that the move “directly contradicts” a testimony from HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra last year.

“There is no plan we have to shelter children in North Carolina,” Becerra said last May in response to Rep. Richard Hudson (R-NC) asking if there was truth to reports that the Biden administration was planning to house migrants in the state.

“The decision to now resettle UACs in Greensboro directly contradicts what you said previously and comes as a complete surprise to us and our constituencies,” House Republicans said in a letter to Becerra.

The news comes as illegal immigration last month reached the highest level ever recorded with nearly 240,000 migrants being encountered by border officials in May.

“There were an unprecedented 239,416 migrant encounters at the Southern border in May, CBP reports. This is the highest monthly total in DHS history, beating the record that was set the month before in April w/ 234,088,” Fox News correspondent Bill Melugin wrote on Twitter.

 

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Texas Governor Abbott Offers Jobs To Border Patrol Agents Falsely Accused Of Whipping

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On Thursday, Texas Republican Governor Greg Abbott expressed his support for the Border Patrol agents who were cleared of wrongdoing in the alleged whipping incident but are still going to be punished by President Biden’s administration.

“These Border Patrol agents have already been legally cleared from any wrongdoing,” Abbott wrote on Twitter.

“It’s outrageous Biden continues to attack the Border Patrol who are trying their best to secure our border. I offer any of them a job to help Texas secure the border,” he added.

Last September, multiple Border Patrol agents were accused of whipping migrants who were trying to illegally cross the southern border after photos “that showed the agents on horseback chasing migrants caused massive outrage and spread quickly across media airwaves. It was widely reported that they were ‘whipping’ the migrants, though it was quickly revealed they were actually handling split reins for their horses,” Mediaite reported.

After being placed on probation, a six-month long investigation cleared the agents of any criminal wrongdoing.

“The [Department of Homeland Security’s] Office of the Inspector General, they had first crack at it,” Brandon Judd, president of the National Border Patrol Council, told The New York Post in April. “They determined there was no criminal activity that was done so they closed out their investigation.”

“Everything that they were doing, they were acting under the color of law,” Judd said.

According to Fox News correspondent Bill Melugin, Biden’s Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is still going to punish the agents despite their innocence.

“Per federal source, DHS is preparing to discipline multiple horseback Border Patrol agents who were accused of ‘whipping’ Haitian migrants in Del Rio last summer. I’m told DHS will imminently allege ‘administrative violations’, agents will be able to respond,” Melugin wrote on Twitter.

“Per federal source, this announcement is expected to come down any day now. It’s unclear what ‘administrative violations’ the BP agents will be accused of, but they are not being accused of any criminal conduct. The horseback unit involved is based out of Carrizo Springs, TX,” Melugin added. “It has been nearly 9 months since this incident took place. The agents have been taken off their normal duties and have not been allowed to have contact w/ migrants since. President Biden assured the public at the time that ‘there will be consequences’ for the agents involved.”

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