Proud Boys Leader Repeatedly Worked Undercover for Law Enforcement, Says Report
Enrique Tarrio is notorious as leader of the Proud Boys—and made headlines for being arrested earlier this month for allegedly burning a Black Lives Matter banner in Washington, D.C. But, according to Reuters news agency, he has led a double life as an informer for federal and local law enforcement. The report, which is supported by a transcript of a 2014 federal court proceeding, states that Tarrio’s undercover work has helped authorities prosecute 13 people in a range of cases involving drugs, gambling and human smuggling. His former lawyer described one sting operation in court in 2014, saying Tarrio helped expose a smuggling ring by negotiating an $11,000 fee to help bring some of his made-up family members across the border. Tarrio denied the details in the report, telling Reuters in an interview: “I don’t recall any of this.” Barrio is banned from D.C. until his next court appearance in June.