A former U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent and his wife pleaded guilty to participating in a scheme to transfer proceeds from undercover operations to private bank accounts that they controlled, the Department of Justice announced Tuesday.
Jose Ismael Irizarry and Nathalia Gomez-Irizarry admitted to the seven-year scheme in which they illegally took a total of $9 million in drug proceeds from investigations, according to a Justice Department press release Tuesday. The money that Irizarry was able to divert was used to purchase jewelry, luxury cars and a home, according to the press release.
“Sworn law enforcement agents are entrusted with great responsibility, and the department will hold accountable those who exploit their positions to profit from public corruption,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Brian C. Rabbitt.
FBI special agent in charge Michael F. McPherson said in a statement that Irizarry caved to “greed and deceit.” (RELATED: Real-Life ‘Narcos’: DEA Agents Raise Red Flags Over Florida’s New Drug Import Measure)
The indictment, which was filed in February, lists two unnamed co-conspirators with whom Irizarry allegedly collaborated. One was the alleged leader of a Colombia-based drug trafficking and money laundering organization, who later became the godfather of Irizarry’s