Proud Boys Leader Enrique Tarrio Was FBI Informant: Report
Reuters reports that Enrique Tarrio, leader of the pro-Trump group Proud Boys, was a “prolific” informant for federal and local law enforcement after being arrested in 2012, according to court documents.
Former federal prosecutor Vanessa Singh Johannes told Reuters that Tarrio “cooperated with local and federal law enforcement, to aid in the prosecution of those running other, separate criminal enterprises, ranging from running marijuana growing houses in Miami to operating pharmaceutical fraud schemes.”
Tarrio, who often rails against the government, denied everything: “I don’t know any of this. I don’t recall any of this.”
While Tarrio couldn’t recall “any of this,” his former lawyer remembered everything in detail, reports Reuters:
Tarrio’s then-lawyer Jeffrey Feiler said in court that his client had worked undercover in numerous investigations, one involving the sale of anabolic steroids, another regarding “wholesale prescription narcotics” and a third targeting human smuggling. He said Tarrio helped police uncover three marijuana grow houses, and was a “prolific” cooperator.
Reuters reports that Tarrio and two other convicted criminals had their prison sentences reduced after they pleaded guilty in a fraud case related to the relabeling and sale of stolen diabetes test kits. Tarrio’s reportedly helped the prosecution of 13 people on federal charges and helped local police investigate a gambling ring.
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