In what appears to be a desperate move on behalf of the defense, a Colombian drug lord’s attorney has taken the unusual step of blaming the FBI for destroying evidence in order to land him in jail. We will, of course, let justice have its course, but must state that if you carry the gangster name “Mi Sangre” (My blood) around in Colombia and are known for having ties to every major cartel, that pretty much screams guilty to all of us here at the Goldwater.
The defense lawyers also claimed that the FBI destroyed his client’s Blackberry messages and withheld several emails which would show that he was, in fact, working for the Feds as a confidential informant in the battles against the South American underworld.
Blackberry and email. That is the way forward indeed. The Colombian drug cartels are stepping into the 21st century.
Mr. Henry De Jesus Lopez Londoño, also known in gangster circles as “Mi Sangre” was arrested in Argentina and extradited to Miami on a cocaine-trafficking conspiracy charge. He has stated that the missing text messages and emails would reveal that federal agents authorized him to infiltrate dangerous criminal organizations and, of course, that he wasn’t committing any crimes on his own.
Mr. Lopez Londoño claims furthermore that the FBI asked him to infiltrate the following groups: the cartel of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, members of the al-Qaida terrorist network in Colombia and, last but not least, the Russian mob tied to the Venezuelan military.
Whilst reading the indictment, my guess was: why did they forget to ask him to go to Syria as well and infiltrate the Islamic State.
US prosecutors immediately responded: “As the United States has repeatedly told defense counsel, no United States law enforcement officer from any agency ever gave [Lopez Londoño] specific authorization to break the law.”
We will see how this one turns out.