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24766: Hermantin (news) Haiti's ex-police chief pleads to drug charge
leonie hermantin <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Posted on Thu, Apr. 14, 2005
Around South Florida
From Herald Wire Services
Haiti's ex-police chief pleads to drug charge
Haiti's former national police director has pleaded guilty to a reduced
charge with days left before other former Haitian police officials face
trial on charges they protected Colombian cocaine shipments through their
Jean Nesly Lucien, who was arrested in Miami last May, pleaded guilty to a
money laundering count Tuesday before U.S. District Judge Marcia Cooke. The
charge carries a possible 20-year sentence, but prosecutors agreed to
recommend less if he cooperates against three co-defendants.
Lucien, 43, was accused of tipping off cocaine traffickers in Haiti after
the Drug Enforcement Administration learned about incoming shipments and
helping steer DEA agents away from drugs.
An informant also told DEA agents that Lucien and former Haitian anti-drug
chief Evintz Brillant seized $450,000 in drug profits from a Colombian
trafficker in 2002, returned $300,000, split the rest with other corrupt
officers and agreed to split the take on future drug shipments through the
airport in the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince.
Facing trial Monday are Brillant, former Haitian national police commander
Rudy Therassan and Romaine Lestin, a former Port-au-Prince airport police