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Enrique Tarrio allegedly an FBI informant

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    An interesting twist to events. I wonder if he has helped the FBI in recent weeks and months and if so, in what capacity.

    Enrique Tarrio, leader of the Proud Boys, previously worked as an informer for federal and local law enforcement after he was arrested in 2012 for fraud, according to Reuters.

    Tarrio, chairman of the far-right group, repeatedly went undercover for investigators to help prosecute 13 people for offenses such as drugs and human smuggling.

    Tarrio's past as an informer was revealed by the former federal prosecutor in his case, Vanessa Singh Johannes, and in a 2014 Miami federal court transcript obtained by Reuters.

    Edited to include another article

    Tarrio, 36, is a high-profile figure who organizes and leads the rightwing Proud Boys in their confrontations with those they believe to be antifa, short for “anti-fascism”, an amorphous leftist movement. The Proud Boys were involved in the deadly insurrection at the Capitol on 6 January.

    The records uncovered by Reuters are startling because they show that a leader of a far-right group now under intense scrutiny by law enforcement was previously an active collaborator with criminal investigators.

    Washington police arrested Tarrio in early January when he arrived in the city two days before the Capitol Hill riot. He was charged with possessing two high-capacity rifle magazines, and burning a Black Lives Matter banner during a December demonstration by supporters of Donald Trump. The DC superior court ordered him to leave the city pending a court date in June.

    Though Tarrio did not take part in the Capitol insurrection, at least five Proud Boys members have been charged in the riot. The FBI previously said Tarrio’s earlier arrest was an effort to pre-empt the events of 6 January.

    The transcript from 2014 shines a new light on Tarrio’s past connections to law enforcement. During the hearing, the prosecutor and Tarrio’s defense attorney asked a judge to reduce the prison sentence of Tarrio and two co-defendants. They had pleaded guilty in a fraud case related to the relabeling and sale of stolen diabetes test kits.

    Last edited by Hypatia_Alexandria; 01-27-2021, 04:12 PM.
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