The leader of the American far-right group Proud Boys was an informant for the authorities.
According to the agency, Enrique Tarrio was an informant for law enforcement and worked undercover several times after he was arrested for fraud in 2012. According to a court transcript from a 2014 trial in Miami, he helped law enforcement prosecute 13 people in those two years and uncovered an underground casino.
Jeffrey Filer, who represented Tarrio in that trial, said his client worked undercover to solve numerous cases, including selling anabolic steroids, drug trafficking and smuggling people across the border. According to the lawyer, Tarrio was an extremely “prolific” informant.
Tarrio himself denied cooperating with law enforcement. However, he told the publication that he allegedly warned police about planned Proud Boys rallies, but stopped doing so in mid-December 2020.
Proud Boys members were involved in the January 6 riots in Washington, D.C., and five of them have been charged. At the time, Trump supporters protesting the election results stormed the Capitol building and surrounded the Senate chamber. The Senate and House of Representatives interrupted a session scheduled to approve the results of the past election. Dozens of people were detained and five people were killed.