Proud Boys Leader Tarrio Has A History Of Being An Informer
Proud Boys national leader Enrique Tarrio projects a tough-guy image when leading members of his far-right extremist group in street demonstrations. Those marching behind him, however, might be surprised to learn that Tarrio has quite the history of working as an undercover informant for law enforcement.
The Reuters news agency discovered that history after it uncovered the transcript of a 2014 federal court hearing and interviewing a former prosecutor. According to court records Tarrio first began cooperating with law enforcement in 2012 after being arrested. In a 2014 federal court proceeding a federal prosecutor, FBI agent and Tarrio’s own lawyer described how his undercover work helped authorities prosecute more than a dozen people in drug, gambling and human smuggling cases. Tarrio denied to Reuters that he had worked undercover or cooperated against others in those cases.
But law enforcement officials involved in the case and a transcript of the court case tell a different story. Vanessa Singh Johannes, a former prosecutor said Tarrio “cooperated with local and federal law enforcement to aid in the prosecution of those running other, separate criminal enterprises, ranging from running marijuana grow houses in Miami to operating pharmaceutical fraud schemes.” His cooperation led to the prosecution of 13 people on federal charges and his attorney asked the judge to reduce a prison sentence Tarrio and two co-defendants were facing for relabeling and selling stolen diabetes test kits.
In a separate case, his attorney told the court that Tarrio “at his own risk, in an undercover role met and negotiated to pay $11,000 to members of (a smuggling) ring to bring in fictitious family members of his from another country.”