U.S. federal agents helped a Mexican drug trafficker and his Colombian suppliers launder and smuggle money across the world according to a new report from the New York Times.
Agents would help, Harold Mauricio Poveda-Ortega, also known as “The Rabbit” launder money, through wire transfers and smuggling and even helped Poveda-Ortega ship and even escorted a cocaine shipment of 330 kilograms to Madrid in order to infiltrate his organization.
The New York Times reports:
The more the money flowed, the stronger the relationship became between the informants and the traffickers. In one candid conversation, the traffickers boasted about who was able to move the biggest loads of money, the way fishermen brag about their catches. One said he could easily move $4 million to $5 million a month. Then the others spoke about the tricks of the trade, including how they had used various methods, including prepaid debit cards and an Herbalife account, to move the money.
The next day, the informant was summoned to his first meeting in Mexico City with Mr. Poveda-Ortega and Mr. Beltran Leyva, who asked him to help them ship a 330-kilogram load to Spain from Ecuador. The documents say the shipment was transported over two weeks in October, with undercover Ecuadorean agents retrieving the cocaine from a tour bus in Quito and American agents testing its purity in Dallas before sending it on to Madrid.