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DEA Bribery Trial of Costanzo and Recio Had Sealed Courtroom Now Recio Gets 36 Months

By Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon

SDNY COURTHOUSE, May 14 – On May 20, 2022 DOJ announced that "JOHN COSTANZO JR., a Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent, and MANUEL RECIO, a former DEA Assistant Special Agent-in-Charge, were indicted in Manhattan federal court."

On April 24, 2024 after conviction at trial with a sometimes sealed courtroom, Costanzo was sentenced to 48 months with Michael Avenatti and other cases cited. Inner City Press, as for the trial but for sealing it opposed, was there. Thread

Mukasey cites another SDNY Judge- on same floor as this one - who lightened Michael Avenatti's sentence in the Nike case because DOJ did not also indict Garagos

 Costanzo: I did not speak at trial. I want to thank my legal team. When I traveled overseas I told my sister the location of my thumb drive with my final messages. I viewed Recio as an extension of the DEA. This is my cross to bear.

 Judge: I sentence Mr Costanzo to 48 months [4 years]

 Surrender date is July 22

The case is US v. Costanzo, et al., 22-cr-281 (Oetken)

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