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Grand jury indicts Puerto Rico drug lord’s lawyer

August 27, 2013

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A Puerto Rico lawyer has been indicted in what authorities say was a $3 million bribery scheme to revoke a life sentence for a convicted drug dealer once dubbed the “Pablo Escobar of the Caribbean.”

The attorney for Jose Figueroa Agosto is accused of conspiracy to commit money laundering and of receiving at least $590,000 in cash for the scheme.

U.S. Attorney Rosa Emilia Rodriguez said Tuesday that legal broker William Barreto Ortiz was indicted along with attorney Ramon Negron Colon, and he faces an additional charge of lying to the FBI.

Both men were arrested Monday afternoon at their homes and are scheduled to appear in court Tuesday afternoon. Barreto’s number was unlisted and Negron’s office number produced a fax signal Tuesday.

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