Episode 146: Eugene Casey – Operation Utah Powder, Drug Cartel Money Laundering

Retired agent Eugene Casey served 21 years with the FBI. As a special agent, he used skills acquired from his prior employment as a compliance officer on Wall Street to work white collar crime matters in the FBI. In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, Eugene Casey reviews Operation Utah Powder, a Colombian drug money laundering investigation that resulted in numerous international convictions and for which he received a distinguished service medal from the Salt Lake City Police Department. Later in his career, Eugene Casey received an award from the Department of Justice for spearheading the Salt Lake Olympic Bribery investigation. Upon being transferred to the New York Office, he supervised the money laundering squad and, ironically, a case that had spun off from Operation Utah Powder resulting in additional indictments and extraditions from Colombia. He also served as the supervisor of the Joint Task Force on Terrorist Finance in Saudi Arabia and was the Unit Chief for the Eurasian Organized Crime Unit of the Criminal Investigative Division, as well as the Assistant Legal Attaché (ALAT) for the FBI in Paris, France. His last Bureau assignment before retiring was as an instructor at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia teaching Interviewing and interrogation skills.

Supervisory Special Agent (Retired)

Eugene Casey

3/17/1996 – 3/24/2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

“He would drive around with a canvas duffel bag full of half a million dollars in cash. They would visit multiple banks and his wife would count, label and mark the cash to make sure it was under $10,000 and then deposit it into the different accounts.”

The following are links to articles regarding Eugene Casey’s international Colombian drug cartel money laundering case – Operation Utah Powder:

FBI.gov Website:  Money Launderers Take a “Powder” – International Investigation Targets Colombian Drug Traffickers’ Ill-Gotten Gains

Salt Lake Tribune – 1/6/2004:  Drug Money Trailed to Utah

Deseret Morning News – 2/4/2004: Ex-Sandy Man Gets 7-Year Term

Statistical Accomplishments from Operation Utah Powder and New York spin-off Case Operation Abluo:

  • $1,939,920 seized and forfeited from cash pick ups, bank accounts and search warrants
  • $7 million in property seized in Colombia.
  • 13 kilos of heroin seized in the Miami spin-off case along with the take down of a Miami heroin distribution ring.
  • 11 total arrests and convictions, including four Utah subjects who pled guilty to money laundering and cooperated (Tomas Martinez, Mario Hernandez, Janeen Hernandez and Jairo Vanegas).
  • 5 subjects extradited from Colombia, all pled guilty to money laundering and all cooperated, including three peso brokers and two drug traffickers, one of whom was a member of the Norte Valle Cartel with links to the AUC – his organization was a 500 kilo per month operation in Colombia, Panama, US, Mexico and the Dominican Republic.
A photo of Tomas Martinez and Mario Hernandez in Spain.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mario Hernandez living the high life in New York where he did so many money pickups he rented an apartment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jerri Williams

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Jerri Williams, a retired FBI agent, author and podcaster, attempts to relive her glory days by writing crime fiction and hosting FBI Retired Case File Review, a true crime podcast available for subscription on Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Spotify, and other popular podcast apps. Her novels—Pay To Play and Greedy Givers—inspired by actual true crime FBI cases and featuring temptation, corruption, and redemption, are available at amazon.com. 

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