On November 15, 2012 in Bogota Colombia, Adriana Gonzalez-Marquez, a Colombian national and criminal defense attorney was arrested, along with Freddy Mauricio Tellez-Buitrago, for obstructing justice by selling sensitive and confidential United States law enforcement information to a narcotics trafficker concerning prosecutions in the Eastern District of New York.
Tellez-Buitrago was employed as an administrative services assistant at the International Affairs Office within the Attorney General’s Office in Colombia. Gonzalez-Marquez, a former prosecutor at the Attorney General’s office in Colombia, is now a Colombian criminal defense attorney.
The arrests resulted from an investigation which revealed that Tellez- Buitrago had specialized access to law enforcement materials, including requests from the United States government for the extradition of alleged Colombian drug traffickers. (1)
Tellez-Buitrago is charged with accepting bribes from Gonzalez-Marquez in exchange for leaking documents relating to EDNY extradition requests for narcotics traffickers. Gonzalez-Marquez, in turn, allegedly sold the information to a narcotics trafficker in exchange for the equivalent of approximately $80,000 USD.
On August 2, 2013, Adriana Gonzalez-Marquez was extradited back to the U.S. to stand trial on four counts of corruption of a government official. On December 9, 2013 at the federal courthouse in Brooklyn, New York, Gonzalez-Marquez plead guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Cheryl M. Pollak to obstruction of justice for stealing and selling sensitive and confidential United States law enforcement information concerning prosecutions in the Eastern District of New York and selling that information to a narcotics trafficker in Colombia. Gonzalez-Marquez was sentenced to 160 months imprisonment and a fine of $250,000 USD; she also agreed to forfeit $80,000 USD. (2)
On August 12, 2014, Adriana Gonzalez-Marquez BOP Register Number 80673-053 was successfully treaty transferred* back to Colombia. (3)
*Colombia and the U.S. do not have a prisoner treaty transfer in effect; Amicus secured an agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice to make this transfer possible.