Police departments across the entire country have been caught in some serious scandals, but the entire Florida police department might have topped the list.
Police departments in Florida have been laundering millions for drug cartels in an undercover sting operation. According to an in-depth investigation by the Miami Herald. They actually laundered up to a staggering 71.5 Million dollars! The investigation consisted of fake identities and undercover officers made deals to pick up cash from criminal investigations.
“If you think of all the money that’s made from drugs, at some point it has to be cleaned up and become legit,” remarked Finn Selander, a former DEA agent and a member of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition. The Bal Harbour Police Department and the Glades County Sheriff’s Office formed the Tri-County Task Force consisted of only two agencies. From 2010 to 2012, the task force passed on information and tips to federal agencies that led to the government seizing almost $30 million. Yet the undercover unit laundered over $70 million for drug cartels – more than twice as much as what was actually taken off the streets.