How the ’empress of money laundering’ took down a Colombian cartel


October 5 2019

When interrogating an informant about a major drug cartel, freshly baked cookies aren’t exactly on the list of requirements.

But they don’t hurt, either — and not for the reason you might think.

Former Assistant US District Attorney Bonnie Klapper became infamous for having homemade confections on hand as she investigated Colombia’s Norte Valle cartel in the late 1990s and 2000s. Yet it wasn’t a deliberate ploy to lure answers as much as it was a way to show some humanity.