The United States Department of Justice arrested 3 men who were organized as a contract killing group that was planning to kill a Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agent and an informant.
Two of the men were former soldiers in the United States Army and the third man served in the German Army. All three men had military training as a sniper.
According to court documents, the men were to be paid $700,000 to kill a DEA agent and an informant, with an additional $100,000 paid out to the organizer of the hit. The plan assassination was part of a larger deal where cocaine from Colombia would be trafficked into the United States. The drug traffickers who were negotiating with the contract killers were confidential sources for the DEA.
In a previous case, a US soldier working for a drug cartel in Mexico was paid $5,000 to kill an informant in Texas.
Source: Michael Winter, “2 U.S. Army vets accused of plot to kill DEA agent,” USA Today, September 27, 2013.