FILE – A woman holds a poster showing Colombian-born businessman Alex Saab during a demonstration demanding his release, in Caracas, Venezuela, Friday, Dec. 16, 2022. The U.S. Justice Department is prosecuting Saab for alleged money laundering.
The leak, not previously made public, marks yet another embarrassing case of high-profile agent misconduct at the U.S.’ premier anti-narcotics agency and could complicate the Justice Department’s already-fraught prosecution of Saab.
But prior to his arrest, Saab was himself signed up as a DEA informant, meeting with agents outside Venezuela, forfeiting millions in illegal profits and agreeing to help deepen their investigation of Maduro’s inner circle before abandoning his cooperation agreement, according to prosecutors. headtopics.com
Nadler’s testimony came several days into the bribery trial of Costanzo, who is charged with pocketing $73,000 in cash in return for leaking confidential law enforcement information to his former boss in the agency — and now co-defendant — Manny Recio.
While prosecutors have described the defense lawyers as “crooked attorneys” who “paid handsomely for DEA secrets,” they have not explained to jurors why they have not been charged alongside Costanzo and Recio. headtopics.com
Costanzo and Recio vehemently deny wrongdoing and have said the charges are rooted in “leaps, guesswork and speculation.” They have attacked this week the credibility of key witness Jorge Hernández, a longtime drug snitch who wore a wire for the FBI in this case even after the DEA blacklisted him for extorting other informants. Hernández has pleaded guilty to money laundering and told jurors he hopes his testimony will earn him a sentence of time served.
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