|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.