Rudy Therassan headed Haitian national police from 2001 until 2003. He was accused by U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration of protecting Colombian cocaine shipments.He was sentenced to almost 15 years in prison and obligated to also forfeit $1.8 million in assets.
In May 2004, Rudy Therassan, Haiti's former National Police Chief (from April 2001 until approximately August 2003) was accused of allegedly taking money from a Colombian drug dealer to protect cocaine shipments passing through Haiti on the way to the United States. In April, 2004, in a U.S. federal court, Therassan pleaded guilty of conspiring to import at least 10 kilograms (22 pounds) of cocaine into the U.S and activities amounting to money laundering. Therassan used to receive $150,000 in cash for each plane-load of cocaine, he allowed to land on Haiti's Route 9, which were subsequently smuggled to the U.S. His $1.8 million in assets, including two houses in Palm Beach County, Florida were forfeited by court order. During his trial, one informant testified that he witnessed Therassan shoot and killed Haitian drug trafficker Hector Ketant's brother and his bodyguard after a dispute over money.
Here is a picture of Former National Police Chief in Haiti, Jean Nesly Lucien.
On Wednesday, August 26th, 2015, Jean Nesly Lucien, the former Director General of the National Police of Haiti and a member of the Aristide security team became the victim of an assassination attempt near the residence of former President Jean Bertrand Aristide. He was shot by three unknown armed motorcyclists in Tabarre, one in the shoulder and one at the foot and was taken to the hospital for treatment and released later. During the time of the attack, he was accompanying retired Boston police detective Yves Dambreville (66), who could not survive his bullet injuries, died on the spot. We might remember that in 2005, Lucien received a 5-year imprisonment on money laundering charges. He was arrested along with several other top government officials during the administration of deposed President Jean-Bertrand Aristide. On May 26, 2004, he was arrested from a relative's home in Miami. As per U.S. Drug Enforcement sources, Lucien and former Haitian anti-drug Chief Evintz Brillant seized $450,000 from a Colombian trafficker in 2002, returned $300,000, split the rest on condition to assist the drug dealer in future.
Col. Joseph Michel Francois was Chief of National Police of Haiti from 1991 to 1994 at a time when Haitian police was technically part of the army. He participated in the 1991 Haitian coup d'état that ousted President Jean-Bertrand Aristide.
Investigation reveals that Joseph Michel Francois built a vast network of independent intelligence service, with the responsibilities to intimidate and sometimes eliminate rivals and opponents.
He also collaborated in shipping tons of cocaine to the United States in the 1980's from his private airstrip in Haiti.
Here is a picture of former police commissioner and head of the National Reconstruction Front (FRN), Guy Philippe. He was accused in the killing of Dionald Polyte, a Haitian Congressman
Guy Philippe who denied that he was involved in any plot to kill Dionald Polyte stated that this was part of a plan by the current President of Deputies, Sorel Jacinthe to tarnish his image.
Here is a picture of Amaral Duclona, gang leader in Cité Soleil, Operation Bagdad.
Amaral Duclona, aka "Berthone Jolicoeur, is a charismatic Haitian who was born and brought up in the slums of Cité Soleil. He was the leader of a gang "chimeric", close to the former President Aristide and a foot soldier in the Aristide's terrorist army of Operation Baghdad. On January 6, 2004, Claude Bernard Lauture (Billy, 51 year old), a Haitian/ French businessman in the electrical engineering field, and a member of the Group of 184 (which was the most powerful coalition of "civil society" organizations in Haiti during the lead up to the 2004 coup that ousted Aristide), was abducted by gunmen while he was driving. A few hours later, his family received a ransom call of $100,000. The next day, his body was found riddled with bullets in Cité Soleil, the largest slum in Haiti. Duclona was arrested in September 2009 in the Dominican Republic and extradited to France in 2010; he was accused of kidnapping, forcible confinement and murder of Claude Lauture. In May 2014 during the first trial, the Court of Assise in Paris convicted Amaral Duclona to 25 years in jail. As per Billy's widow, Marie Louise Michele Lauture's statement, former President Jean Bertrand Aristide was behind the murder. On Friday, February 12, 2016, in the trial on appeal of Amaral Duclona, the Assize Court of Créteil (Val-de-Marne, France) has completely acquitted him of all charges as the court not get sufficient evidence from some of the key Haitian witnesses to testify against him.
Police National of Haiti Police has had some success recently. The latest is the capture of renown gang leader Pierre-Daniel Milord aka "Ti bonhomme". These high profile arrests are expected to make the population more secure as the election is near.
On Tuesday, May 19, 2015, around 10 am, the Police of Petit-Goâve has arrested Pierre-Daniel Milord on the street of Roulottes, in the neighborhood of la Hatte. The accused was carrying illegal weapons with usurpation forged titles.
He was carrying a homemade gun (Chilean) and a cartridge, a 9 mm pistol, a charger, a badge of the National Police of Haiti in own name, Daniel Pierre Milord, agent 4, the badges of the Ministry of the Interior and Territorial Communities proclaiming himself as a delegate and as Chargé de Mission. He is recognized as a notorious criminal, wanted by the National Police of Haiti since his escape during the earthquake of January 2010. Several cases of murder and extortion were registered in his name. He is currently held at the police station of Petit-Goâve.
Here is a picture of Beaudouin "Jacques" Ketant and Jean Bertrand Aristide
Jacques Beaudouin Ketant was virtually an unreachable drug lord, a close friend and business partner of Haiti's vicious tyrant, dictator Jean-Bertrand Aristide. Although Ketant was indicted in 1997 but continued to live a posh royal life in a hilltop mansion overlooking Port-au-Prince. On June 17, 2003, the federal authority put him on a plane to Miami in conspiracy charges for money laundering and importing 30,000 kilos of cocaine into South Florida, New York, Colombia and other locations over a period of 12 years. The U.S. District Judge Federico A. Moreno sentenced him 27 years imprisonment and slashed a fine and forfeiture of $30 million. At his 2004 sentencing hearing, Ketant told the judge, he had help from his close friend, the Haitian president, Jean-Bertrand Aristide. Aristide is a drug lord who controls the drug trade in Haiti. He has turned the country into a narco-country. Ketant began cooperating almost immediately after his arrest. However, his U.S. based attorneys denied Ketant's allegations, Aristide, was never charged, but was ousted later that same year and spent seven years in exile.
Ketant pleaded guilty immediately and allowed to forfeit his "Midas like collection of wealth". However, his collection of 200 rare paintings & $5 million cash... all disappeared from his $8 million worth mansion. The U.S officials have acknowledged that one of his five ex-wives with the support of a Haitian chief police officer, had looted the mansion after Ketant's expulsion.
As per news dated April 20, 2015, Ketant has received a big reduction in his 27-year term. It was cut in half to 13.5 years, by a federal judge after the U.S. attorney's office in Miami recommended that reduction is because of his good behavior in the prison, and great assistance as approver that led to the successful prosecutions of 5 top ranking officials under the former President Aristide, including the police chief of the capital city and the security chief at Port-au-Prince's airport. His cooperation has helped the conviction of at least a dozen other corrupt officials from Haiti and some high-level cocaine traffickers. Ketant is serving his term in an Arkansas federal prison till the Christmas Eve of 2026, the reduction would make him eligible for release within a few months.
Here is a picture of former Haitian military officer, Lt. Col. Jean-Claude Paul
Another of Haiti's protectors who led less than a blameless life was military officer, Lieutenant Colonel Jean-Claude Paul. Among his questionable acts was his part, inconspicuous though it was, in the coup against former President Leslie Manigat, his alleged attack against street protesters during election time in the summer of "87, in which over 30 people were killed, and the accusations of drug trafficking against him, the last of which earned him an indictment in a Miami court for cocaine trafficking on march 10, 1988. As with most of his kind, Paul evaded punishment when he died in his suburban home in Haiti on November 7, 1988.
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.