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Suspect in Jovenel Moïse’s assassination was former DEA source

Joseph Vincent contacted the DEA after the assassination and was urged to turn himself into authorities.

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As the investigation into Haiti President Jovenel Moïse’s assassination continues, new information has been provided by the Drug Enforcement Administration. According to the federal law enforcement organization, Joseph Gertand Vincent — a suspect arrested in connection with the crime — worked closely with the organization over the years.

“At times, one of the suspects in the assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse was a confidential source to the DEA,” a DEA representative told NBC News. After Moïse was shot 12 times and killed in his Port-au-Prince home, Vincent contacted the agency to inform them of the president’s death and was encouraged by an official to turn himself in.

“A DEA official assigned to Haiti urged the suspect to surrender to local authorities and, along with US Department official, provided information to the Haitian government that assisted in the surrender and arrest of the suspect and one other individual,” the statement continued.

Vincent — a Haitian-American who was previously arrested for lying on his passport application — is one of 17 suspects believed to be involved in the “highly coordinated attack” that killed Moïse and injured his wife. James Solages — another American of Haitian descent — was identified last week. Florida resident Christian Emmanuel Sanon, however, is suspected to be the mastermind behind the slaying, as he allegedly had desires to replace Moïse as president after his killing. All other detainees reportedly hail from Columbia.

Moïse was discovered last week with 12 bullet holes in his body and his left eye blown out. At the time, Bocchit Edmond, Haiti’s ambassador to the US, claimed that the assailants who raided Moïse’s disguised themselves as DEA agents. The organization later refuted the claims.

“DEA is aware of reports that President Moïse’s assassins yelled ‘DEA’ at the time of their attack,” a spokesperson from the agency told NBC News. “These individuals were not acting on behalf of DEA.”

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