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Army Sniper Pleads Guilty to Conspiring to Murder DEA Agent, Informant

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By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A former U.S. Army sniper has pleaded guilty to conspiring to murder a DEA agent and an informant.

Joseph Hunter, 49, and five others were arrested in September 2013 after they were recorded plotting to kill a DEA agent and informant in Liberia for $800,000, International Business Times reports.

Hunter was snared in a sting operation in which he thought he was working for a Columbian drug cartel.

Hunter faces between 10 years and life in prison when he is sentenced in May.

He also pleaded guilty to firearms charges and conspiring to import cocaine into the U.S.

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Liberian President’s Son Worked With DEA to Bust Cocaine Traffickers

liberiaBy Glynnesha Taylor
ticklethewire.com

The son of Liberian president Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf worked undercover with the DEA to bust up a group of drug smugglers who tried using Liberia as a staging area to distribute more than $100 million in South American cocaine to Europe, Africa and the U.S., the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Manhattan said.

Authorities said the son, the director of the Republic of Liberia National Security Agency, along with his deputy director, worked undercover with the DEA and met with traffickers, who offered bribes of cash and cocaine in exchange for safe passage of their drug shipments, authorities said.

Liberian authorities arrested five defendants in the case on May 28 and 29 and turned them over to the U.S., where they face indictment in New York.  U.S. authorities noted that it was the first time in more than 30 years that Liberia had transferred narcotics defendants to the U.S.

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