Former DEA agent, Jose Irizarry, was sentenced to more than 12-years in federal prison on Thursday, for conspiring with the Colombian Cartel. A report from THE HILL said, Irizarry and his wife Nathalia Gomez-Irizarry, were arrested in San Juan, Puerto_Rico, after both were accused of laundering money for the Colombian Cartel.
Authorities say the couple were allegedly part of a 7-year scheme of diverting more than $9 million from undercover DEA money laundering investigations into banks. Irizarry and his wife pleaded guilty to 19 charges in September of 2020. The charges against the couple included money laundering, bank fraud, and aggravated identity theft. Jose Irizarry was ordered to pay over $11,000 in restitution as part of his guilty plea. He was also ordered to forfeit a diamond ring and luxury vehicle, that the feds say were purchased with some of the illegal proceeds. The feds also said that the Irazarry’s received at least $1 million in kickbacks for their money laundering services.
U.S. District Judge, Charlene Honeywell, ordered Irazarry to begin serving his prison sentence immediately after sentencing. He was then remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshall’s Service.