This was in the Miami Herald this weekend, and mostly went unnoticed, but it’s the “what the hey” story of the month, if not the year:
Bal Harbour to Caracas: Millions in drug money. Hundreds of thousands went to man who is now top aide to President Nicolás Maduro. Village police ‘broke the law,’ says former top DEA agent. Police wired drug money to known drug traffickers, money launderers
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For two years starting in 2010, they funneled millions in drug money into the bank accounts of Venezuelans, including William Amaro Sanchez, now special assistant to President Nicolás Maduro. The stated goal: to disrupt criminal groups.
They sent drug money to a well-known trafficker, a cash smuggler and a money launderer — more than $4 million in all.
If you think this was a routine sting operation, get a hold of this (emphasis added),
In spite of U.S. warnings about the emergence of the country as a major hub for cocaine, the police never investigated the people to whom they were sending millions in drug proceeds, including a host of individuals with criminal records.
How it worked:
This is a Fast and Furious, without the guns.