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FILE - This June 13, 2016 file photo shows Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents in Florida. A once-standout U.S. narcotics agent has admitted conspiring to launder money with a Colombian drug cartel. Jose Irizarry pleaded guilty Monday, Sept. 14, 2020 in Tampa, Fla., to federal bank fraud, conspiracy and other charges. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel via AP, File)

Once-standout DEA agent says he conspired with drug cartel

Sep. 14, 2020 6:25 PM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A once-standout U.S. narcotics agent admitted Monday to conspiring to launder money with the same Colombian cartel he was sworn to fight — one of the most egregious betrayals of the badge in the history of U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. The disgraced agent, Jose I....

FILE - In this Dec. 14, 2017 court room art, defendants Efrain Campo, center left, and Francisco Flores, center right, nephews of Venezuela's first lady Cilia Flores, listen to proceedings during their sentencing hearing at federal court in New York. Flores and his cousin, Campo, were found guilty in 2016 in a highly charged case that cast a hard look at U.S. accusations of drug trafficking at the highest levels of embattled President Nicolas Maduro’s socialist administration. In a petition posted Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020, on the Supreme Court's docket, attorneys for Flores argued that jury was misled when they were told by a Manhattan federal judge that the men should've known the cocaine was bound for the U.S., a requirement for conviction under U.S. law. (Elizabeth Williams via AP File)

Venezuela 1st lady's nephew takes drug case to Supreme Court

Aug. 25, 2020 10:01 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — A nephew of Venezuela’s first lady appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court an 18-year sentence for conspiring to smuggle 800 kilograms of cocaine into the U.S. Francisco Flores and his cousin, Efrain Campo, were found guilty in 2016 in a highly charged case that cast a hard look at U.S....