Oscar Danilo Blandón

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Oscar Danilo Blandón
Oscar Danilo Blandón Reyes

1936 (age 83–84)
OccupationDrug trafficker
Criminal charge(s)Drug trafficking, arms trafficking
Criminal penalty24 months

Oscar Danilo Blandón Reyes (born 1936) is a Nicaraguan born drug trafficker who is best known as one of the main subjects of the 1996 newspaper series "Dark Alliance" by reporter Gary Webb.

Blandón was originally a director of agricultural markets in Nicaragua during the government of Anastasio Somoza. When the Somoza regime was overthrown in 1979, Blandón fled to the United States,[citation needed] and then raised money for the Nicaraguan Democratic Force (FDN), a Contra group. As part of his fundraising activities Blandón began selling cocaine. Eventually Blandón became a major cocaine trafficker in the Los Angeles area.[1]

In May 1992, Blandón was arrested in San Diego on the federal charge of "conspiracy to possess cocaine with intent to distribute."[2] In prison awaiting trial, Blandón began cooperating with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in a number of drug cases. In a plea agreement, Blandón agreed to continue cooperating with the government in exchange for a substantial sentence reduction. Eventually Blandón was sentenced to 48 months.[2] In order to facilitate Blandón's work as an informant, the government further requested a reduction in Blandón's sentence to time served. Following his imprisonment, Blandón worked for the DEA as a confidential informant. He worked for the DEA to take down drug kingpin Rick Ross in a sting operation, for which Ross was convicted in 1997.[3][4]


  1. ^ Bromwich, Michael R. "CIA-Contra-Crack Cocaine Controversy: Executive Summary Part II, Oscar Danilo Blandon". Retrieved 2016-11-20.
  2. ^ a b Bromwich, Michael R. "CIA-Contra-Crack Cocaine Controversy: Chapter 2: Oscar Danilo Blandon, Part K: Allegation that Blandon received special treatment in the 1992 San Diego prosecution". Retrieved 2016-11-20.
  3. ^ Ross, Rick; Scott, Cathy (2014). Freeway Rick Ross: The Untold Autobiography. Freeway Studios. ISBN 9781499651539.
  4. ^ Suro, Robert; Pincus, Walter (October 4, 1996). "THE CIA AND CRACK: EVIDENCE IS LACKING OF ALLEGED PLOT". The Washington Post. Washington, D.C. Retrieved August 22, 2017.

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