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It was the second major scandal to hit the U.S. military in Colombia.
In 1999, the wife of the former commander of U.S. anti-drug operations in Colombia, Laurie Hiett, pleaded guilty to shipping $700,000 in coc aine and heroin to New York City in diplomatic parcels. She was sentenced to five years in prison.
Her husband, Col. James Hiett, pleaded guilty to helping his wife launder $25,000 in illicit profits and was given a five-month prison term.