Sunday, November 20, 2016

Father, son smuggled drugs while working for DEA

Over several years, the U.S. government and other law enforcement agencies paid about $1.2 million to Jose Santos-Pena, 55, and his son Jose Santos-Hernandez, 34, for information about drug dealers.

The pair traveled to multiple countries to make secret recordings of people involved in drug trafficking. That included Venezuela, where Santos-Pena recorded two nephews of Cilia Flores, the wife of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, handling a block of cocaine. They are accused of conspiring to ship more than 1,700 pounds of cocaine into the United States. Santos-Pena and Santos-Hernandez pleaded guilty to trafficking charges, admitting dealing drugs for at least four years, including while they were building the Venezuelan case last fall under the direction of the DEA.
Prosecutors revealed jailhouse tapes that proved the men continued to communicate about drug deals even while their trial was underway.