Wednesday, September 18, 2019

US narcotics agent admits role in drug trafficking scheme

Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat AP


NEW YORK (AP) — A federal narcotics agent scheduled to stand trial this month has pleaded guilty to participating in a decade long drug conspiracy that involved the smuggling of thousands of kilograms of cocaine from Puerto Rico to New York.

Prosecutors said Fernando Gomez, a former U.S. Marine, infiltrated the Drug Enforcement Administration in 2011 and remained a federal agent until his arrest last year, even as he assisted a drug trafficking ring known for slaughtering its rivals.


Gomez, 42, faces up to 20 years in prison and is scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 21 in U.S. District Court in Manhattan. His guilty plea happened last month but had not previously been reported.

A message was left with his defense attorney seeking comment.

A newly released transcript shows Gomez, in pleading guilty, admitted selling firearms to a high-volume cocaine trafficker drug dealer, Jose Martinez-Diaz, while Gomez was working as a police officer outside Chicago.

Martinez-Diaz, a member of La Organizacion de Narcotraficantes Unidos, pleaded guilty this summer to distributing more than 5,000 kilograms of cocaine, drugs he smuggled from the Dominican Republic by boat.

Prosecutors said Martinez-Diaz encouraged Gomez to apply to the DEA in 2010 to further his drug trafficking. Gomez became an agent the following year after lying during his employment screening about whether he had ties to criminals, authorities said.

As an agent assigned to the DEA’s Chicago field division, Gomez helped Martinez-Diaz avoid detection from law enforcement and also improperly accessed DEA records about a cooperator he believed to have information about his co-conspirators, prosecutors said.

Gomez told U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman he once picked up money for the drug ring that he should have known “came from illegal means.”

“DEA Special Agent Fernando Gomez violated the very laws he swore to enforce,” Manhattan U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman said in a statement.

13 comments:

  1. Great he was caught, he was already getting paid good money by being a agent, had to be greedy.

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  2. Wow, only 20 years (max) for betraying your country and abusing of your power.

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    1. 10:02 cut the crap in half for appeals, cooperation, religious finding of God and good behavior and their Sancho will have to get out of their appartment in about five years, or less.

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  3. I wonder if this jose Martinez diaz is related to adam diaz from the documentary of the seven-five? IT'S on Netflix.

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  4. All the drugs traversing Mexico to reach the US require the 'cooperation" of the Mexican authorities, so why would not the same be true for the drugs to traverse the US?

    Or are US law enforcement so lame and so badly trained and equipped that you don't need to pay them off???

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    1. Good question? So what's the answer?
      Just sarcasm. So no offense.

      We are all aware that mankind is not immune to greed. I always stipulated that everyone has a price. That price just depends on what one is really trying to acquire.

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  5. Not surprised at all. Corruption is everywhere. They just dont get caught as much in the USA.

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    1. Unfortunately MEXICO top's the most currupted in the world

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    2. 1054 so corruption is as rampant in the USA as it is in Mexico???

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  6. @10:51 dude, THE USA, besides being the best country on earth, to live, is one of the most corrupt nations on the planet. In fact only the UK is more corrupt as far as governments and complicity with organized crime go. I mean just look at the big pharmaceutical companies, this is one example of how blatant and bad it is, they’re regulated, by the FDA, which in turn the head of the FDA is or was on the board or chairman at one of the big ones They’re basically regulating themselves, and getting RICH! Not only that , there’s no cure for anything, The American people are no good to the BIG PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANIES if we’re dead, so the only way they profit is by keeping people (low income/not educated) sick , and on PILLS, this little “cocaine” and “tweek” racket has NOTHING on the stuff those guys are working with. I’m talking New world order, Illuminati type stuff.. people talk all this crap about other countries, when our own government is really sticking it to us all around. If there were no drugs, or if they were to decriminalize them it would put A LOT of people out of work..A LOT! Cops, judges, doctors, open your eyes GRINGOS! “Viva la trump”
    Hahah
    -el Michoacáno

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  7. His ass is grassed. No more working for the government.

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