Oscar Danilo Blandón
Oscar Danilo Blandón Reyes (born 1952) headed Nicaragua's agricultural imports under Anastasio Somoza. He has a master's degree in marketing. When the Somoza government was overthrown in 1979, Blandón fled to the United States, and then raised money for the Nicaraguan Democratic Force (FDN), a Contra group. According to many sources, including reporter Gary Webb, Blandón sold drugs and weapons (via Ronald Lister) to the Crips in Los Angeles. Blandón claimed that the Central Intelligence Agency protected him, allowing him to operate without fear of reprisal. Webb substantiated the claim in his book Dark Alliance.
In 1986, Blandón was arrested on drug charges by the FBI. In May 1992, Blandón was convicted in US District Court (San Diego) on the federal charge of "conspiracy to possess cocaine with intent to distribute." He was sentenced to 24 months in federal prison, but was released due to time served. Blandón was a major drug trafficker, infamously supplying Ricky Ross, a drug kingpin out of South Central Los Angeles, with millions of dollars' worth of cocaine on a daily basis.
Following his imprisonment, Blandón was hired by the Drug Enforcement Administration and salaried at $42,000. He worked for the DEA to take down drug kingpin Rick Ross in a sting operation, for which Ross was convicted in 1997.
Blandón was not a US Citizen/National, and is the only known foreigner in US history to not be deported following conviction on drug trafficking charges. The INS granted Blandón a green card, despite the criminal convictions, to allow him to work for the DEA. The DEA has said that Blandón is no longer on its payroll and his whereabouts are unknown.
- CIA report on allegations at the Wayback Machine (archived January 15, 2006)
- "Criminal Docket, USA v. Blandon, et al." at the Wayback Machine (archived April 9, 1997) (Archive)
- Webb, Gary (1998). Dark Alliance. Seven Stories Press. ISBN 9781888363937.
- USDOJ/OIG Special Report THE CIA-CONTRA-CRACK COCAINE CONTROVERSY: A REVIEW OF THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT’S INVESTIGATIONS AND PROSECUTIONS (December, 1997) United States Department of Justice—The Executive Summary has a section about Oscar Danilo Blandon and Chapter II is about Oscar Danilo Blandon
- Library of The Dark Alliance at the Wayback Machine (archived April 9, 1997) by Gary Webb, San Jose Mercury News. This link includes primary sources about Oscar Danilo Blandón.