Kevin Corley was one of a group of men whose arrests were announced today by the U.S. Attorney's Office in Houston, and let's just say the man makes for a good criminal complaint.
It reads like a Quentin Tarantino rip-off and has guns, drugs and a murder for hire in which the killer promised to carve a "Z" on the victim's forehead, just as a throw-in to the original deal.
Corley, 28, is from Colorado but he was arrested in Laredo Saturday. Let's review some highlights from the criminal complaint filed against him:
5. Training Cartel Armies Is My Business The USAO's summary says two South Carolina men named Marcus Mickle, 20, and Calvin Epps, 26, were negotiating with people who they thought were members of the Lot Zetas Cartel but were instead undercover federal agents.
Mickle and Epps allegedly told undercover agents about a friend in the military who could provide military weapons to them. The agents were later introduced to Corley who allegedly identified himself as an active duty officer in the Army responsible for training soldiers. He offered to provide tactical training for cartel members and to purchase weapons for the cartel under his name.
4. I'm Persistent, and I'm Quick Corley was a dedicated salesman.
Corley continued to communicate with undercover agents regarding the services he could provide the cartel as a result of the training, experience and access to information/equipment afforded him as an active duty soldier....Corley allegedly mailed an Army tactics battle book to the agents, thoroughly explained military tactics and told undercover agents he could train 40 cartel members in two weeks.
Forty men in two weeks!!! Or your money back!!!
3. Oh Yes, We Use Hollywood Terms Because you don't want to be explicit when discussing murder for hire, you instead use words that everyone in the world knows mean "murder for hire."
On Jan. 7, 2012, Corley traveled to Laredo and met with undercover agents at which time the agents inquired about his ability to perform "wet work," allegedly understood to mean murder-for-hire, specifically, whether he could provide a team to raid a ranch where 20 kilograms of stolen cocaine were being kept by rival cartel members.
Corley agreed to take the job for $50,000 and five kilograms of cocaine.
2. We Go the Extra Mile Corley was all about customer service, and providing the little touches that entails.
At the [March 5, 2012] meeting, Corley and the undercover agent allegedly again discussed the contract killing and the retrieval of the cocaine which was to occur on March 24, 2012. Corley allegedly stated he had purchased a new Ka-Bar knife to carve a "Z" into the victim's chest and was planning on buying a hatchet to dismember the body.
At that same meeting, Corley allegedly delivered "two AR-15 assault rifles with scopes, an airsoft assault rifle, five allegedly stolen ballistic vests and other miscellaneous equipment" to the undercover agents.
1. The Final Showdown
On March 24, 2012, Corley, Walker and Davis traveled to Laredo and met with undercover agents, at which time they discussed the location of the intended victim, the logistics of performing the contract kill and their respective roles. The three were arrested, during which time a fourth suspect was shot and killed. A subsequent search of the vehicle in which Corley and the other co-conspirators arrived revealed two semi-automatic rifles with scopes, one bolt-action rifle with a scope and bipod, one hatchet, one Ka-Bar knife, one bag of .223 caliber ammunition and one box of .300 caliber ammunition.
A fatal shootout after the feds show their hands at the final meeting? Oh yeah. In slow-motion.
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The charges are many:
Conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine carries a possible punishment of a minimum of 10 years and up to life in prison and/or an $10 million fine. Use of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking or violent crime could result in up to 10 years in prison which is served consecutively to any other prison term imposed. Those charged in the indictment for conspiracy and possession with intent to distribute more than 100 kilograms of marijuana, including Corley, Mickle and Epps, also face five to 40 years in prison if convicted