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$9M richer, informant unmasks himself at NY trial

$9M richer, informant unmasks himself at NY trial

The conviction of an ex-Soviet officer known at the Merchant of Death can be credited in part to the work of a U.S. informant who has made more than $9 million for his undercover work over the past 15 years.
Carlos Sagastume was a star witness at the weapons sale trial of Viktor Bout. The federal court trial ended Wednesday with a conviction that could land Bout in prison for the rest of his life.
Former federal drug agent Thomas Pasquarello says Sagastume was perfect for the probe that resulted in Bout's 2008 arrest in Thailand. He says a guy like Bout wasn't going to fall for a rookie informant. Still, he says Sagastume might not be finished with his undercover work. He says someone like Sagastume can always reinvent himself.


Updated : 2021-06-19 14:41 GMT+08:00