This high profile case is another embarrassment for the Justice Department, which has seen some big setbacks in cases like the one involving ex-Sen. Stevens. The conviction in that was voided.
The one-time fugitive allegedly amassed a fortune importing and selling ingredients to methamphetamine producers in Mexico. A March 2007 raid on his mansion in Mexico City turned up $207 million in bundled cash – the single largest seizure of alleged drug money in the world. When federal drug agents arrested him in an Asian restaurant in suburban Maryland in July 2007, they were certain they had nabbed a kingpin.
“With the arrest of Zhenli Ye Gon, we’ve apprehended not only the man behind the money, but the man behind the meth,” Karen Tandy, then administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration, declared in a statement. The case was heralded as a collaborative feat by the governments of Mexico and the United States.
This week, Justice Department lawyers will head to the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, where a judge is expected to dismiss the government’s case against Ye Gon.
Two years after indicting Ye Gon on a single conspiracy count, prosecutors admitted they didn’t have much of a case