Colombia Extradites Government Official and Criminal Defense Attorney to U.S. for Corruption Related to Extradition

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Sunday, September 1, 2013
Bruce Zagaris

On May 22, 2013, at the federal courthouse in Brooklyn, New York, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York Loretta E. Lynch and other U.S. law enforcement officials announced the extradition and arraignment of Freddy Mauricio Tellez-Buitrago and Adriana Gonzalez-Marquez, on obstruction of justice charges for stealing sensitive and confidential U.S. law enforcement information concerning prosecutions in the Eastern District of New York and selling that information to a narcotics trafficker.  Before his arrest, Gonzalez-Marquez, a former prosecutor at the Attorney General’s Office in Colombia, practiced as a Colombian criminal defense attorney.  The Colombian government arrested Tellez-Buitrago and Gonzalez-Marquez on provisional arrest warrants issued from the Eastern District of New York.[1]