DEA Agent Implicated in 7-Million-Dollar Money Laundering Scheme

An agent with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency has been implicated in a scheme to launder $7 million in drug profits, according to a report from the Associated Press. Leonardo Concepcion, the attorney for an alleged co-conspirator, declined a request for comment on the case but described it as one “involving serious corruption by a DEA agent.”

Concepcion is the lawyer for Gustavo Yabrudi, a DEA informant with American and Venezuelan dual citizenship. According to five current and former law enforcement officials, Yabrudi and former DEA agent Jose Irizarry are accused of conspiring to launder more than $7 million in drug profits. Irizarry’s Colombian wife, Nathalia Gomez, is a relative of Diego Marin, one of the top money laundering suspects of the past ten years, according to U.S. and Colombian officials.

Irizarry and Yabrudi, one of his clandestine informants, allegedly set up an offshore account for drug cartels that wanted to send illicit profits back to Colombia. The funds were used to buy shipping containers full of electronic and textile goods, which were then shipped to Colombia for resale in discount markets. The funds were then transferred back to the cartel, minus a commission for the money launderers.

Undercover Operation Gone Awry

Irizarry, who was based out of Miami, had received permission from superiors to set up an undercover operation of shell bank accounts, phony companies, and couriers to transfer commercial goods and money from suspected drug dealers. But he didn’t tell them about the account he had set up with Yabrudi.

“None of these deposits, nor the use of the funds that followed, were officially sanctioned DEA operations,” federal prosecutors wrote in court filings. Irizarry is also accused of stealing money from the secret fund by providing the cartel with phony DEA or bank seizure orders.

Yabrudi recently pleaded guilty to money laundering and admitted stealing cash from the secret account in order to give it to an unnamed “co-conspirator 3,” who is, in fact, Irizarry, according to the AP sources. Yabrudi knew that the funds were illegal drug proceeds and that his co-conspirator had been “acting outside the scope of his authority” as a DEA agent, according to court records.

Irizarry came under suspicion after an $87,000 wire transfer to a drug dealer in Cali, who was actually an informant for a money laundering task force, failed to arrive. A tip from that informant led to Yabrudi’s arrest. An Internal Revenue Service agent also notified the DEA after receiving a call from Irizarry about a seized commercial shipment that he believed was suspicious.

It is not known if Irizarry has been charged in the case and his whereabouts are not known. A DEA spokeswoman said that he resigned from the DEA after being recalled from Colombia in 2017. Despite being known for having expensive tastes and throwing wild yacht parties with sex workers before his activities were exposed, Irizarry was considered a model agent within the DEA.

“He was the superstar everyone wanted to be,” said a former law enforcement official.

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Iowa Mayor Charged For Growing 18 Marijuana Plants in Her Home

The mayor of an Iowa town and her husband were arrested after police discovered 18 marijuana plants growing in their home. LaDonna Kennedy, the mayor of Jamaica, Iowa, and Randy Kennedy were charged with several crimes including manufacturing with intent to deliver no more than 50 kilograms of marijuana, possession of a controlled substance, two counts of failure to affix a drug stamp, and keeping a dwelling for possessing or selling a controlled substance.

The Guthrie County Sheriff and deputies had gone to the Kennedys’ residence at about 4:20 pm on Wednesday, according to media reports. The deputies had received information from a neighboring law enforcement agency that the suspect in an attempted murder, Rodney Halterman, may have been at the home. An arrest warrant had been issued for Halterman in Story County after a woman was shot in the chest on Saturday afternoon.

Odor of Pot Leads to Arrests

When the peace officers arrived, they “could all smell the overwhelming odor of raw marijuana coming from the residence while [they] stood outside knocking on the door,” Dep. Kent Gries wrote in a court affidavit. Sheriff Marty Arganbright reported seeing someone come to a window of the house and then shut it. The sheriff and deputies then decided to get a search warrant for the home based on the strong smell of marijuana and the possibility the fugitive may be in the residence. Law enforcement officers surrounded the house while they waited for the warrant to be delivered to the site.

While waiting for the warrant, Randy Kennedy was seen exiting the home and taken into custody. Kennedy asked to return to the house for a jacket and was permitted to do so. Deputy Gries accompanied Kennedy, who admitted that there were “nine plants” growing in the basement of the house. Kennedy was then detained in the back of a police car while the deputies continued to wait for the search warrant. Once the warrant was signed and delivered to the deputies via email, they entered the house to serve the warrant.

“During the execution of the search warrant, law enforcement located eighteen marijuana plants in various states of growth,” Gries wrote. “There were three separate areas in the residence for marijuana growing. A substantial purpose of the residence was for marijuana growing, sorting, packaging.”

The deputies also found various items of drug paraphernalia, an unmarked pill bottle containing 24 tablets identified as the controlled substance Lorazepam, and nine baggies of cannabis.

“A very, very rough estimate of the packaged marijuana would be around 45 ounces,” according to the affidavit.

Halterman, the man the deputies were originally searching for, was not found at the house.

Randy and LaDonna Kennedy were arrested and initially held in lieu of an $18,000 bond, but a magistrate released the couple on their own recognizance on Thursday. Reporters were not able to reach the Kennedys for comment. If convicted, LaDonna Kennedy could be removed from office by a judge or action from the city council.

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Two Fresh Big Ballas 2018 Reviews and a Disposable Camera Photo Gallery! See It All Here!

It’s been a few weeks since one of the most epic Juggalo events EVER has come and gone.  There were only a few hundred Juggalos who were lucky enough to experience it for themselves, but a few of those people were your homies from Faygoluvers!

I don’t know if you had a chance to check out my personal review, but I went through everything…every track they played, every story they told, scribbling notes down during the event so I could come back home and relay it to you ninjas! In case you missed it, here’s my review:

Scottie D’s Big Ballas 2018 Xmas Review (click to read!)

Not to be outdone, Cherry Bomb experienced the whole set as well, and since she and I weren’t always in the same places, she decided to put her thoughts together in another kick-ass review!  Hers is a little bit (half) shorter than mine, but she covers different events and experiences! Check it:

Cherry Bomb’s Big Ballas 2018 Xmas Review (click to read!)

And finally, we did purchase and go through several disposable cameras (the only cameras allowed!) at the Ballas extravaganza.  It took like 2 weeks to get them developed, but we have them uploaded in all of their grainy ass glory. If you prefer Facebook, here’s a link to those.  Otherwise, keep on scrolling and check it out direct from Faygoluvers.

Big Ballas at Psychopathic Records 12/22/18Disposable camera photos and cell phone photos (not allowed to bring a camera)Venue decoration photos by Will SiglerPlus Monstar after party photos by Cherry Bomb

Posted by Faygoluvers Heaven on Saturday, January 12, 2019

Check those out here:

We hope our reviews brought you even half the amount of joy that we got out of being there!  Much love!

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