DEA Agent Laundering Money for the Colombian Drug Cartel 


DEA Agent Jose Irizarry

Cristal M Clark 

Sometimes working for a Federal Agency just isn’t quite enough to cover all of one’s especially if that individual has a taste for the finer things in life. Case in point, DEA agent 46-year-old Jose Irizarry decided that he needed some side work for some extra cash, that side work being money laundering, for the Colombian Drug Cartel, the very cartel he was supposed to be investigating. 


According to his arrest affidavit he utilized his position and his special access to information to divert millions in drug proceeds from control of the Drug Enforcement Administration and into the pockets of he and his new friends. 

Jose had been a model agent, he had awards, had received praise from his supervisors. Overall he was a model agent according to his history with the DEA. 

After joining the DEA in Miami 2009, he was entrusted with an undercover money laundering operation using front companies, shell bank accounts and couriers.  

Things started to fall apart for Jose who resigned in January 2018 after he had been reassigned to Washington and that made his boss in Colombia suspicious.

In 2011, Jose allegedly used the cover of his badge to file false reports and mislead his superiors, all while directing DEA personnel to wire funds reserved for undercover stings to accounts in Spain, the Netherlands and elsewhere that he controlled or were tied to his wife and his co-conspirators.

He’s also accused of sharing sensitive law enforcement information with his co-conspirators which is a given of course he did. 

Jose did not come without red flags, despite how well he looked on paper whilst working for the DEA. When he was hired by the DEA he showed signs of deception in a polygraph exam, and had declared bankruptcy with debts of almost $500,000. Still, he was permitted to handle financial transactions after being hired by the DEA.

It was also well known that Jose and his wife adored living the life of luxury, Jose even enjoyed high priced prostitutes, they threw lavish parties. Agent’s enjoyed hanging out with Jose. This guy basically laundered US dollars right under the nose of his bosses and then proceeded to flaunt it in their very faces. 


Jose handled roughly $3.8 million that should have  been carefully tracked by the DEA as part of undercover money laundering investigations. 

Not all of that amount was pocketed by the co-conspirators, but the indictment details at least $900,000 that was paid out from a single criminal account opened by Jose and an informant using the name, passport and social security number of a third person who was unaware that their identity was being stolen.

Proceeds from the alleged scheme funded a veritable spending spree. It included the purchase of a $30,000 Tiffany diamond ring, a BMW, 3 Land Rovers and a $767,000 home in Cartagena as well as homes in south Florida and Puerto Rico, where the couple has been living. The money also funded the purchase in Miami of a 2017 Lamborghini Huracan Spyder on behalf of a family member of co-conspirator 2.

To hide his tracks, Jose allegedly opened a bank account in someone else’s name and used the victim’s forged signature and Social Security number. Jose and his wife were arrested Friday at their home near San Juan, Puerto Rico, as part of a 19-count federal indictment. 

And if you think all of that is bad, the worst is that other agents and special ops are also now compromised, you see in all likelihood Jose did more than just launder money, sharing of information would have been part of the deal. 


This indictment comes on the heels of another DEA agent being sentenced to Federal Prison for his involvement in drug smuggling, hence further tarnishing the illustrious image of the DEA and brings yet another loss to the US in the war on drugs effort. Then again didn’t big pharma make it that much worse, just legally?

Cristal M Clark

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Oregon Drug Smugglers -Record Kidnapping?

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Portland, Oregon 

Cristal M Clark 

Just when you think you’ve heard it all something new and pretty entertaining comes along, for instance over in Portland Oregon, two members of a Portland-based drug ring came up with a rather devious plot to kidnap a storage facility manager. 

But these two brilliant individuals actually took the time to rehearse a kidnapping and actually recorded themselves on a cell phone practicing the kidnapping the manager. You know they wanted to get it right. But don’t be shocked by just that, they saved the recording, yes saved it, then they subsequently filmed the actual crime. 

That’s like an investigators wet dream, these two guys would have solved the crime for them but, the feds were already watching them and actually caught this going down. 

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Oregon is prosecuting six men who happened to be involved in an operation that primarily focused on transporting marijuana grown in Oregon to Texas. According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, agents have seized “11,000 marijuana plants, 546 pounds of processed marijuana, more than $2.8 million in cash, 51 firearms, 26 vehicles, trailers, pieces of heavy equipment, a yacht, and three houses used as marijuana grow sites” in conjunction with this case since September 2017. The group would transport drugs to Texas by truck, with money returning to Oregon through U.S. mail and passenger luggage on commercial flights.

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The kidnapping just so happened to be part of the operation that federal authorities were watching back on December 2. 

On 12/2 Federal Authorities witnessed Jody Wafer and his accomplice, Trent Knight enter the Public Storage facility in southern Portland to confront manager Shawn Riley about nearly 500 pounds of marijuana that somehow went MIA from their rental space. 

The two would be kidnappers approached manager Shawn Riley whilst he was in his office, held a pistol to his head, backed him into an empty storage unit and tied his wrists and ankles with duct tape. Shawn Riley said that he did not know who took the marijuana and told Jody and Trent that his boss instructed him to tell anyone asking that the cops took it.


Joke was on Jody and Trent, Shawn had nothing to do with the MIA weed, it was the DEA who took it and poor Shawn was an innocent pawn in all of this. Turns out District Judge Robert E. Jones was not all that thrilled that the DEA used Shawn in the set up and for putting the guys life at risk.

They should have asked the poor guy for help or sent in one of their own. That was a dick move DEA. At any rate During the trial, agents admitted that they had staged the burglary in an attempt to find additional suspects in the case. Judge Jones told the defendant “They knew you had a weapon and were going to go in there and find your drugs gone, taken. They should have anticipated the conduct that could have cost Mr. Riley his life.”

Agreed, total dick move. 

To everyone’s surprise though during a police review of Jody’s cell phone after his arrest, authorities discovered video of him and Trent in a hotel room from December 1. Interestingly in the clip, the two men brandish pistols and rehearse how they would confront the storage facility manager during said kidnapping. To make matters worse for these two would be kidnappers, investigators also found a recording of the kidnapping.

Trent has pleaded guilty on related charges. His sentencing date is January 22. Four other members of the group will be sentenced later this year. Jody was sentenced earlier this month to seven years in prison for his role in the case.

Cristal M Clark

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5 Minors Killed After Police Kidnapped Them


Mexico City – Drug Cartels

Cristal M Clark 

Naturally only in Mexico could this “accident” happen. The Mexican Government has come forward and apologized for for deaths of at least 5 minors who had been taken by police then promptly handed over to the one of the most violent known drug gangs in Mexico.

It should be noted that this is in fact rare for Mexico to actually admit to the state’s culpability/participation in such crimes.


Officials initially lied, in their initial statement they insisted that the youth were criminals when they went missing in 2016 in the Gulf state of Veracruz, one of Mexico’s most violent places to visit or disappear in.

Columba Arroniz, a mother of one of the dead youth had this to say whilst tears streamed down her face; “More than anything, we want to reclaim the good name of our kids … and demand justice for them and for thousands of others who experience the same thing.”

The minors, 3 boys and 1 girl were on their way home when they were stopped by local police, in what police are calling “the mistaken belief they had ties to a gang,” then turned over to members of the powerful Jalisco New Generation Cartel.


They were then murdered and their bodies incinerated, according to preliminary findings. Which has all of the same markings as the 2014 abduction subsequent massacre of 43 trainee teachers in southwest Mexico, in which the government did admit that police were involved.

One debate has been brewing for some time and that is, should the United States suck it up and consider the cartels and drug gangs from Mexico terrorist groups? This debate, well it has really started heating up again, along with more and more support for it.


Cartels fight in an effort to control trafficking routes, the illegal drug trade, human smuggling, extortion and kidnapping.

In the last decade turf wars among increasingly splintered criminal cartels have left more than 40,000 people missing, as well as around 26,000 unidentified corpses in over 1,100 mass graves scattered about Mexico.

Perhaps it is time to change the game and rather than simply having a heated debate about considering the cartels terrorists and actually have real honest discussions because they are our closest neighbors and are currently moving slowly but surely north of that southern border.

Cristal M Clark

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$10 Million Dollar Bounty


New and Improved Drug Lord Rises to the Occasion

By: Cristal M Clark


Who here is a fan of Netflix’s Narcos? Well as it turns out in the world of drug cartels, real life and tv are not all that different after all.


Just as El Chapo heads off to prison news started to break introducing the world to one Nemesio Ruben Oseguera-Cervantes or better known by his street name, El Mencho who is reported to be a wee bit more sadistic than good old El Chapo.

Cartels by the way are not well known for sitting down to tea to work out any differences.

It is rumored that El Mencho was once a cop, an avocado grower, likes cock-fighting and happens to be a billionaire?

And now, the worlds most feared drug lord, his mother must be so very proud.


He is rumored to run his cartel in the same manner as a terrorist organization, he is said that he will never go down alive and his expectation is that his men will do the same.

He set up his cartel in Jalisco state around 10 years ago, moves meth, cocaine and heroin all over the world and has since managed to amass billions. In case you are wondering he actually as it turns out, made a name for himself by by dumping 35 bound and tortured bodies, oh yes bound and tortured bodies, onto the very streets of Mexico’s port Veracruz during, well rush hour of course. I see the rational, if you are going to really make a name for yourself, you dump 35 bound and tortured bodies somewhere, but where? Well, it’s best to do it on one of the busiest roads and during rush hour.

Sometimes, these guys totally go for the wow factor and just completely overdo it.  


I’m sorry but is the DEA so understaffed that we can only go after one drug lord at a time thus allowing them to become serial killers and also billionaires at the same time?

It’s a legit question.

8 soldiers and a police officer died during a failed raid which had tried to take down the drug lord. Then in retaliation because they just couldn’t let the failed raid go, El Mencho’s men set fire to a number of vehicles and buildings, causing fear, panic and with it devastation that required 10,000 troops being brought in in order to bring the situation under control.

His men killed a man and his young son by detonating sticks of dynamite duct-taped to their bodies a few years ago.

But if you think and of that is the worst of it:

His delightful henchmen also by the way raped, killed and set fire to a 10-year-old girl. They also raped, killed and set on fire the wrong 10-year old girl, because they thought the girl they raped, killed and set on fire was the daughter of a rival.

She in fact was not.

Maybe not so great at identifying potential rivals and family members of said rivals.


The DEA lists him as it’s most wanted and has a $10 million bounty on his head if anyone is interested, but be forewarned, it is my understanding that 1. He will not go down without a fight and 2. It is rumored that his army of henchmen is in the thousands.  

Cristal M Clark

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DEA wants to conduct warrantless searches


The United States Drug Enforcement Agency wants the ability to conduct warrantless searches on State run Prescription Medication Database.


The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration estimated that in 2013 alone 65 million people over the age of 11 have used prescription medication for non-medical reasons. A number that has continued to grow rather than decline.

That added up to more people using prescription meds than who were using cocaine, hallucinogens and heroin combined.  

The pharmaceutical companies as you can imagine are making money hand over fist as the “need” for prescription medication grows, which in and of itself is pretty concerning.

Naturally, the DEA has reason for concern when they hear about doctors or patients who are fraudulently prescribing or obtaining prescription medications that are classified as an opioid.

49 States here in the USA have legislation authorizing the creation and operation of a PDMP (prescription drug monitoring program).

It’s worth a mention that, 49 States here in the US also have a fully operational PDMP which collects and reports data about what prescription drugs you might be taking. That information is “only” used by “authorized” individuals.

UTAH, which participates in the program passed a law last year that requires investigators obtain a warrant in order to search the database.

The DEA has requested from the State of Utah to have the ability to be able to conduct warrantless searches of its prescription drug database while the ACLU is trying to butt in and tell the DEA that, that would be considered a violation of the Fourth Amendment.

The DEA lawyers have argued that “Fourth Amendment rights are personal and may not be asserted vicariously.”

The DEA thinks that the ACLU should butt out of it’s business and and do it as of yesterday. They contend that the ACLU has no business trying to get itself involved with this request.

The reason the DEA wants to search it makes perfect sense because they only want to search the database for a specific case or… so they say.

The case involves a doctor and potentially patients who may or may not have been involved in some prescription drug scheme where the provider might be prescribing drugs to folks who have some type of involvement with a criminal organization overseas.

Suffice it to say, many law enforcement agencies argue that these databases are helpful when trying to combat prescription drug fraud and that is true. If you can’t track the source then you have no case and must let the offender (s) go without prosecution.

This turns out to be terrible news for a family who may have lost a loved one who somehow obtained prescription meds fraudulently and died as a result or worse, ended up with lifelong issues that resulted in the taking of prescription medications that were fraudulently obtained.

In Utah for instance, because of the law that was passed last year, use of the database has plummeted because of the length of time it takes investigators to obtain a warrant.


Sleeping on the other side of the bed, hogging all of the covers is the ACLU who is arguing that police use of the data base brings up some serious issues.

Equality Utah, is a gay rights organization who feels that warrantless database searches can violate the privacy of transgender people using hormone replacement therapy drugs because, the DEA would have access to that information if they were allowed to conduct a warrantless search of the database.

A firefighters union in Utah is also concerned with warrantless searches of the database because a couple of years ago, 2 firefighters were accused of and charged with prescription drug fraud after a wide-ranging search of the database.

Those charges were dropped because whoever performed the search made a mistake and that is the very reason that Utah now requires a warrant before the database can be searched.

Around 20 or so other states also require investigators obtain a warrant prior to being allowed to access the PDMP.

At any rate, the ACLU happens to represent both of these groups.

Here in the US people have a thing about law enforcement and our Government having the ability to look at our stuff whenever they want for whatever reason they want.

But the reality is that most agencies if not all agencies do have a protocol that investigators and officers must go through prior to searching a database like the PDMP.

It’s not like most imagine, cop sits at his desk bored and says “what the hell, I’m bored, I think I’ll search the PDMP today and look for something so I can bust someone.”

In the case of the firefighters from Utah who were wrongfully accused of prescription drug fraud, someone dropped the ball but it wasn’t because investigators on a whim searched these guys out. Someone at some point provided them with intel that warranted the search in the first place.

Now did they do a stellar job of investigating? Hands down, I am going to go with a no on that. The firefighters have a right to sue over that.

Sometimes in rare cases warrantless searches are more of a benefit to society than we know or think. They are at times a necessary evil which has nothing to do with right or wrong whichever side of the bed you are on.

As far as law enforcement having access the transgender communities records so they can see who is prescribed hormone replacement therapy?

I am going to go out on a limb here, I don’t believe that the law enforcement community really wants that information, would bother to look for it or even care about it unless…someone were suspected of something having to do with prescribing and or reselling hormone replacement therapy drugs. Which believe or not is pretty lucrative.

We’ll have to wait and see how the case turns out…

In the meantime…

How many of you are going to check and see if your state allows for warrantless searches of the PDMP?

Cristal M Clark

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