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Former Jean-Bertrand Aristide's security, Oriel Jean, charged on cocaine smuggling

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Former Jean-Bertrand Aristide's security, Oriel Jean, charged on cocaine smuggling

Here is a picture of former Jean-Bertrand Aristide's security, Oriel Jean, who was charged on cocaine smuggling.

Oriel Jean, 39, a former security chief for the ousted Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide was arrested on charges of cocaine smuggling; he appeared in a Miami Federal Court on March 22, 2004. This arrest, in some way, supported the U.S complaints that the Aristide government was soft in narcotics trafficking. Jean was a high level officer even in the middle 1990s when the country was run by anti-Aristide military and police officers. A week before his arrest, Oriel Jean was extradited from Canada on a conspiracy charge of cocaine trafficking. He had served as the chief of presidential palace security from the beginning of 2001 until June 2003, well after U.S cancelled his visa on trafficking allegation. Different sources reveal that Jean used to charge $50,000 for each plane-load of cocaine that landed in Haiti during the period between 2000 and 2003. Furthermore, he used to collect a percentage of profit from the drug traffickers. Prosecutors were able to convict Oriel Jean, the former official closest to Aristide. It is no secret that even former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide had been under investigation for drug trafficking and money laundering.

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