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U.S. To Deport Colombian Informant Who Helped Take Down Medellin Cartel Head Down Carlos Lehder, Facing Certain Death

April 22, 2015  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
U.S. To Deport Colombian Informant Who Helped Take Down Medellin Cartel Head Down Carlos Lehder, Facing Certain Death

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A Colombian cartel member, who for 27 years was a valuable informant for the Drug Enforcement Administration is facing deportation ― and certain death, after he helped take down some of the most famous cartel drug lords and his name, is now public.

Carlos Toro, 66, helped U.S. Law Enforcement take down Carlos Lehder, one of the heads of the Medellín Cartel, and Manuel Noriega, the former dictator of Panama.

Toro, who used to be a high-ranking member of a cartel back during the ’80s, now wants to retire. However, the DEA are now reneging the promises made to assist him in acquiring the legal status to remain in the U.S. once his ties with the agency finished.

“After Twenty-seven years of service, I now have to beg,” said Toro in an interview with CBS News. “I put my life in danger for them.”

Toro’s visa expired and were need of either a green card or a U.S. passport. He also wants the ability to collect Social Security benefits and enjoy life with the family and friends he has known for 30 years.

“The Government of the United States has given me a death sentence,” Toro told CBS. “I was a loyal servant to them during the time I worked for the DEA. I put my life on the line for them, and this is how they repay me?”

Toro’s health is declining, after his arrest for cocaine trafficking he went to work for the DEA, Mike McManus, the retired agent who for two years worked closely with Toro.


Toro’s work as an undercover informant helped lead to the arrest of Panama’s dictator Manuel Noriega

McManus says Toro became the DEA’s most important asset.

“A confidential source that can work undercover for 27 years all over the world, doesn’t happen very often,” McManus said.

He added, “This is government bureaucracy at its worst, He deserves to live his life happily in the United States. He’s paid his debt, he’s paid his dues, he’s completed his service.”

Toro’s work led to the arrest of Lehder, who was the partner of former American drug trafficker George Jung. Both men portrayed in the blockbuster movie “Blow” starring Johnny Depp.

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