Colombian Narcotics Kingpin Pleads Guilty for Bribing Former Federal Agent to Dismiss Indictment
US DOJ Florida
   
 
More Today's News:
ߦ   Paris Police Dept - Daily Activity Summary
ߦ   VIDEO - Off-duty firefighters save family on sinking boat in Galveston
ߦ   VIDEO - Walter For President
ߦ   2 Missouri officers 'ambushed,' shot while serving eviction notice: Officials
ߦ   6th request for stay of execution denied for convicted killer Larry Ray Swearingen
ߦ   HPD officer, gang members arrested in human trafficking operation, authorities say
ߦ   Jamaica Beach officer recovering after being hit while escorting funeral procession
ߦ   Officer Down: Greensboro Police K-9 killed while chasing robbery suspect
ߦ   Proud Boys, Outnumbered By Anti-fascists, Get Police Escort After 30-Minute Rally
ߦ   Elderly Woman Attacked During Home Invasion
ߦ   Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office is seeking information concerning a Burglary of a Business
ߦ   Galveston police deserve an apology for overreaction
ߦ   Guatemalan Man Sentenced for Transporting a Minor with Intent to Engage in Sexual Activity
ߦ   IN MEMORIAM - Elizabeth Anne Malm
ߦ   Jury Convicts South Texas Man of Smuggling More Than Two Dozen Aliens
ߦ   Marijuana Smuggler Indicted
ߦ   Police News Links
ߦ   Third Rollover Incident in a Week Nets Charges Against Another Laredo Man
ߦ   Fullen, Middleton Set Joint Campaign Kick-Off Event
ߦ   Death Investigation

 
Search Archives:

A Colombian Cali Cartel cocaine trafficker pleaded guilty today for bribing a former Homeland Security Investigations Special Agent to secure the dismissal of a drug trafficking indictment filed against him, announced Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division.

Jose Bayron Piedrahita-Ceballos, 60, of Medellin, Colombia, was extradited from the Republic of Colombia on April 5, 2019, and will be sentenced on July 19, 2019, before U.S. District Judge Robert N. Scola Jr. of the Southern District of Florida. 

According to admissions in the plea agreement, Piedrahita-Ceballosoffered and gave things of value to Christopher Ciccione II, 54, a former federal law enforcement agent, in exchange for Ciccione using his official position to cause a drug trafficking indictment against Piedrahita-Ceballos to be dismissed and to obtain official authorization for Piedrahita-Ceballos to enter the United States.  At the time of the dismissal, Ciccione was the case agent for Operation Cornerstone, a large-scale Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force case that resulted in indictments of over 100 Colombia-based cocaine traffickers from the Cali Cartel.   Piedrahita-Ceballos, an Operation Cornerstone defendant, and Colombian national Juan Carlos Velasco, 51, gave Ciccione approximately $20,000 in cash, dinner, drinks and prostitution during an extended hotel stay in Bogota, Colombia, in exchange for official acts that resulted in the dismissal of the indictment against Piedrahita-Ceballos.  Velasco served as the intermediary between Ciccione and Piedrahita-Ceballos.  Velasco and Ciccione have previously pleaded guilty for their conduct in this matter.  On Feb. 9, 2018, Ciccione was sentenced to 36 months in prison.  On Jan. 19, 2018, Velasco was sentenced to 27 months in prison.

In furtherance of this scheme to obstruct justice, Ciccione misled the U.S. Attorney’s Office, HSI management and altered TECS records to represent to decision makers that Piedrahita-Ceballos was “unidentified” and that his case should be dismissed because “all investigative efforts” were “exhausted” all while maintaining contact with Piedrahita-Ceballos.  Ciccone also falsified the concurrence of several other federal agents and attempted to parole Piedrahita-Ceballos into the United States through the United States Department of State.

The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control designated Piedrahita as a Specially Designated Narcotics Trafficker pursuant to the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act on May 3, 2016.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Office of Professional Responsibility, Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General and the FBI investigated the case.  The Criminal Division’s Office of International Affairs, the Office of the Judicial Attaché in Colombia and the Drug Enforcement Administration provided valuable assistance to the investigation.  The Colombian Attorney General’s Office also provided invaluable support.  Trial Attorney Jennifer A. Clarke of the Criminal Division’s Public Integrity Section is prosecuting the case.



Comments:
A simple sentence with no mess would be simply playing "HANGMAN"!!!
Posted by Big Al at 5/15/2019 12:55:14 PM

Post a comment
Name/Nickname:
(required)
Email Address: (must be a valid address)
(will not be published or shared)
Comments: (plain text only)
Printer Friendly Format  Printer Friendly Format    Send to a Friend  Send to a Friend    RSS Feed  RSS Feed
© 1999-2019 The Police News. All rights reserved.