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Ex-Soldiers Arrested In DEA Murder Plot

September 27, 2013  | 

Two former U.S. Army solders who planned to kill a Drug Enforcement Administration agent and informant for Colombian drug lords have been arrested and are being returned to New York to face charges, the DEA announced today.

Joseph Manuel Hunter, nicknamed "Rambo," is charged with recruiting a team of former military snipers including an ex-Army sergeant and several former soliders from other countries, to committ the murders. Hunter, 48, and Timothy Vamvakias, 42, agreed to carry out the murders for $700,000 plus another $100,000 to Hunter for his leadership role.

"The bone-chilling allegations in today's indictment read like they were ripped from the pages of a Tom Clancy novel," Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said in a statement. "The charges tell a tale of an international band of mercenary marksmen who enlisted their elite military training to serve as hired guns for evil ends."

The Colombian drug lords were in fact DEA informants. The killings were to take place in Liberia. Hunter was arrested in Thailand, while Vamvakias was apprehended in Liberia.

Earlier this year, Hunter and Vamvakias traveled to Asia to meet with the DEA informants and said his team "wanted to do as much 'bonus work' as possible." Bonus work is code for contract killings. During the meeting, Vamvakias said the team needed a submachine gun and two .22-caliber pistols for the murders.

Since leaving the military in 2004, Hunter has allegedly worked as a contract killer, arranging for the murder of numerous people, Bharara said.

Tags: DEA, Murder for Hire, Military-related


Comments (8)

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Chris @ 9/27/2013 6:00 PM

Jesus Christ...

Ima Leprechaun @ 9/27/2013 11:49 PM

Everyone has their price...everyone.

LawMan5643 @ 9/28/2013 5:20 AM

Now that's sad, you take all that training & use it for evil purposes. Whatever sentence they receive they deserve.

GATEWAY GUY @ 9/28/2013 4:22 PM

Their VA bennies are gone also. Talk about stupid !

Bman @ 9/29/2013 10:18 AM

I hate when people say everyone has their price. It makes me think of the people that I have heard say it before that have a very low price and therefore assume that others cant turn money down. News flash... people make the ethical choice every day in some form or fashion.

AimFire @ 9/30/2013 5:54 AM

Congratulations and thanks to the good guys who arrested the bad behaviors of these bad guys. Everybody has their price, but some guys' price is decency. Go Team!

Greg @ 9/30/2013 10:55 AM

Bman, you are right and that makes me upset too. I have seen people exposed to millions of dollars and they did the right thing. Unfortunately on the other hand, massive amounts of money will corrupt a large number of people. Just look at that New Mexico Chief of Police who the cartel's bought off. When that happens, they deserve the maximum punishment not just for the crime, but the violation of trust. Make an example out of them.

S.S. @ 10/1/2013 7:27 AM

DEATH for TREASON!!! That's basically what it is. Glad they caught him before it was too late for the agent.

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