NPR on the “House of Death”

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

NPR recently ran a three-part series about the “House of Death,” in which U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents refused to close an investigation into a drug operation despite becoming aware of and having the capacity to prevent a number of gruesome murders, some of which were aided by one of their informants, who went by the name of “Lalo.” (Prior Reason coverage of the story here.)

I reported last March that the federal government has been trying to deport Lalo back to Mexico, despite knowing that he’ll almost certainly be killed. According to NPR, the deportation proceedings haven’t yet been resolved, and Lalo is still in solitary confinement—not for his crimes in Mexico, but because the U.S. government no longer needs his services as an informant, and now considers him an illegal alien.

Last May, I interviewed Sandy Gonzalez, the DEA agent who blew the whistle on the House of Death—and lost his job because of it.

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7 Responses to “NPR on the “House of Death””

  1. #1 |  Big Texan | 

    Sounds like ‘Lalo’ may be lucky that the CIA isn’t testing Psychotic drugs on him.

  2. #2 |  Sinchy | 

    There is a great radio show out of wbai in nyc called “Expert Witness” hosted by former DEA agent Mike Levine who frequently interviews the people in the know about the “House of Death”
    http://www.expertwitnessradio.org/

  3. #3 |  MDGuy | 

    This is just a particularly jarring example of what has always been the modus operandi for the government in the name of eradicating drug use: gruesome violence, whether it’s rival gangs fighting on American streets, drug cartels battling each other for control of the market, retaliation against informants or citizens who make complaints, police who kill or maim citizens in botched raids, and even violence against law enforcement officers themselves; all of it is viewed as acceptable collateral damage to prevent people from getting high. And most of it could end virtually overnight if they’d just surrender and allow people the freedom to decide what they put in their own bodies.

  4. #4 |  Yizmo Gizmo | 

    One of the drug trafficking groups Kiki Camarena was trying to break up was able to identify him as an undercover agent. On February 7, 1985, he was kidnapped in broad daylight on a street in Guadalajara, and was tortured and bludgeoned to death soon after. Although his body was found on March 5, 1985, he may have been murdered about one month before that: pathologists who examined his body believed the actual date of death was more likely around February 9.

  5. #5 |  Frank | 

    This isn’t an isolated incident.

    http://www.metroland.net/back_issues/vol33_no07/features.html

    Seems INS has a policy of “use ‘em and lose ‘em.”

  6. #6 |  Mattocracy | 

    This is what makes America so exceptionally bad ass in the eyes of many. This is also what would make Iran despicable if they did the same.

  7. #7 |  JS | 

    My God! Somebody needs to invade that country and liberate it’s people!

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