DEA laundering money for drug cartels?
POSTED AT 11:00 AM ON DECEMBER 5, 2011 BY ED MORRISSEY
In order to dismantle international criminal and terrorist organizations, some infiltration into their operations has to take place. The trick is to infiltrate enough to track down the bad guys without becoming one of them. The ATF missed the mark by a mile in Operation Fast & Furious, and now the New York Times wonders whether the DEA did the same with its efforts to track money laundering by the same Mexican drug cartels (via Katie Pavlich):
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.