Newsbrief: No Honor Among Thieves -- Informant Sues FBI for His Cut of Forfeitures 7/5/02

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A former police chief turned confidential informant has filed a lawsuit against the FBI for failing to live up to its promises to protect him and his family and to give him 10% of the proceeds from everything confiscated, according to an article appearing in the Baltimore Sun on Sunday. Informant Avery Ensley has a long history in law enforcement, including a stint as police chief of North Sioux City, SD, but now says he is filing the lawsuit in part to make people aware that the "FBI does not take care of its people."

Ensley was upset because although he claimed to have contributed to drug seizures totaling $12 million in cash and 1,200 kilos of cocaine, he only received a paltry $50,000. Ensley made more than 15 trips to Mexico gathering evidence for the FBI regarding the Arellano-Felix drug cartel. Ensely claimed that because of his commitment to pursuing his career as an FBI snitch, he and his wife lost several homes and businesses.

"One of the reasons I'm going forward with this thing is that I want other people to know the FBI does not take care of its people," Ensley said. "My experience is that they will put anybody at risk for their own benefit."

The FBI had no comment.

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