Undercover American narcotics agents have laundered or smuggled millions of dollars in drug proceeds as part of Washington’s expanding role in Mexico’s fight against drug cartels, according to current and former federal law enforcement officials.
The agents, primarily with the Drug Enforcement Administration, have handled shipments of hundreds of thousands of dollars in illegal cash across borders, those officials said, to identify how criminal organizations move their money, where they keep their assets and, most important, who their leaders are.
They said agents had deposited the drug proceeds in accounts designated by traffickers, or in shell accounts set up by agents.
First Fast and Furious, now this, the Holder Justice Department is giving “justice” a whole new meaning.
Any money laundering performed by the DEA or any other law enforcement agency in the US requires a specific waiver from Treasury, and it appears that Holder’s DoJ has never applied for those waivers in some of these cases (at PJ Media via Insty). It is also necessary according to the terms of the law to get a specific waiver in the case that the amount being laundered in any transaction exceeds $10 million. According to one of the authors of this, the “Kingpin Law,” DoJ is in arrears in this department as well. Penalties include incarceration for long periods and multi-million dollar fines.
The rub is that Treasury, upon discovering any violations, is supposed to refer the incidents to the DoJ, itself, which is why Mr. Stinebower says that a special prosecutor may have to be appointed to look into this latest example of DoJ lawlessness.