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US suspects Colombia’s congress is used for laundering drug money: report

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Authorities in Colombia are investigating possible ties between drug traffickers and a regional elite after a car with congressional license plates was found in the home of an alleged money launderer.

The car was found at the home of Diego Alberto Vidal, who was arrested early this month for allegedly moving large sums of money for drug traffickers through international couriers.

Eight alleged couriers, including Vidal’s mother, were also arrested on charges the organization had trafficked $24 million in drug profits.

ICE is confident that this network, which authorities call powerful, has tentacles that reach the’ Gulf clan’, mafiosi from Medellin and Cali,

According to newspaper El Tiempo, US immigration agency ICE and the Colombian prosecuters suspect Vidal of ties to Congress’ former assets manager who was suspended after her son was found with $200,000 in cash in a Congressman’s car.

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Mother and son are members of the Rojas family, a political dynasty from the Huila province local to the U Party of President Juan Manuel Santos.

The Vidal family — of which three people were arrested — has several businesses in Huila, including an ambulance service.

The Rojas family in happier days.

Now that authorities have found a second car with congressional license plates ties to allegedly the same operations, they fear more government vehicles could be used in Vidal’s money laundering racket.

Surprisingly, Vidal and his family members were not sent to jail after their arrest after a confusing first day in court.

The judge and the defense said that the prosecution failed to prove the underlying crime. They did not specify whom the money would be laundered for. First they said the FARC, then Chinese smugglers and later the mafia. That’s why they weren’t sent to jail.

Anonymous investigator via El Tiempo

According to El Tiempo, ICE is confident that the money laundering network did business with the Gaitanista Self-Defense Forces of Colombia (AGC, a.k.a. “Gulf Clan, and narcos from Medellin and Cali.

US suspects Colombia’s congress is used for laundering drug money: report was last modified: December 18th, 2017 by
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