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July 14, 2000 | Reuters
An Army colonel who headed American anti-drug efforts in Colombia was sentenced to five months in prison and five months of home detention Thursday for concealing his knowledge that his wife was laundering drug money while they lived in Bogota. Col. James Hiett pleaded guilty in April. His wife, Laurie Anne, was sentenced in April to five years for conspiring to smuggle drugs into the United States.
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July 14, 2000 | Reuters
An Army colonel who headed American anti-drug efforts in Colombia was sentenced to five months in prison and five months of home detention Thursday for concealing his knowledge that his wife was laundering drug money while they lived in Bogota. Col. James Hiett pleaded guilty in April. His wife, Laurie Anne, was sentenced in April to five years for conspiring to smuggle drugs into the United States.
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April 18, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
An Army colonel who once commanded the military's anti-drug operation in Colombia pleaded guilty to a federal charge in New York City, admitting that he knew his wife was laundering drug money but failed to turn her in. James Hiett, 48, entered the plea as his wife, Laurie Hiett, sank her face into her hands and sobbed from a bench in the first row of the courtroom. He faces up to three years in prison and $250,000 in fines when he is sentenced June 23.
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May 6, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
The wife of a U.S. Army officer who headed American anti-drug efforts in Colombia was sentenced in Brooklyn, N.Y., to five years in prison for conspiring to smuggle cocaine and heroin to the United States. Laurie Hiett, 36, wept as she told U.S. District Judge Edward Korman how she had hurt her family. "I am ashamed. I am devastated. . . . I don't have an excuse for my behavior," she said.
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November 8, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
An Army colonel who pleaded guilty earlier this year to charges of laundering cash from his wife's drug deals while he headed U.S. anti-drug operations in Colombia has been fired by the Army. Col. James C. Hiett, a 24-year veteran, has been dropped from personnel rolls and will receive no military retirement pay, an Army spokesman said. A federal judge in July sentenced Hiett to five months in prison, five months of home confinement and one year of probation.
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August 14, 1999 | From the Washington Post
U.S. officials are investigating six to eight American Embassy employees and dependents in Colombia for possibly using the mission's postal system to smuggle illegal drugs or other contraband to the United States, according to knowledgeable sources in Washington and Bogota. The investigations began after the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Division charged the wife of the Army officer in command of the U.S. military's counter-drug efforts in Colombia with illegally shipping cocaine to the U.S.
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May 20, 2000 | From Associated Press
A house painter who helped an Army colonel's wife smuggle drugs from Colombia was sentenced Friday to a longer prison term than she was--despite blaming her for orchestrating the widely publicized plot. Judge Edward Korman sentenced the admitted middleman, Hernan Arcila, to five years, three months in prison. Two weeks ago, Korman gave a five-year sentence to Laurie Hiett, wife of the former commander of U.S. anti-drug operations in Colombia.
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April 4, 2000 | From Associated Press
An Army colonel commanding the military's anti-drug operation in Colombia knew his wife--who has admitted dealing drugs--was involved in money laundering but failed to turn her in, prosecutors revealed Monday. In a letter to a federal judge, prosecutors said James Hiett, 48, has agreed to plead guilty to ignoring a felony committed by his wife, Laurie. The charge carries up to three years in prison.
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August 7, 1999 | NORMAN KEMPSTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The wife of the commander of U.S. military forces that fight drug trafficking in Colombia has been arrested on charges of sending cocaine into the United States, federal prosecutors said Friday. Laurie Hiett, 36, who is married to Army Col. James Hiett, was charged with conspiracy to distribute narcotics after several parcels of cocaine that she had allegedly sent from Bogota, Colombia, via the U.S. Embassy post office--at least one with her own return address on it--were discovered in the mail.
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August 27, 2000 | TOM HAYS, ASSOCIATED PRESS
The colonel's wife loves cocaine. You can hear it in her voice--part party girl, part drama queen--as she recounts the time she bought a one-pound brick of the pure stuff. After snorting two lines, Laurie Hiett says, "I'm like, 'Oh my God, I am so wired.' . . . It was this beautiful thing, you know?" Her escapade wouldn't mean much if she were just another coke addict. But Hiett sampled her brick inside the women's restroom of the fortress-like U.S.
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