Alex Johnson, Colombian Snitch in Case Against Buju Banton, Earned Millions From U.S. Government
Alex Johnson -- a main character in this week's cover story about the conviction of Buju Banton -- on Monday further delayed his bankruptcy hearing. On the surface, there's nothing extraordinary about that; many Americans have turned to bankruptcy proceedings, which can stretch months if not years.
700: Number of kilos Alex Johnson said he was caught trying to bring into Miami in 1993.
21.5: Years Johnson was sentenced to serve.
2.5: Years he actually served.
16: Years Johnson has been working as a confidential informant.
$3.3 million: Approximate amount of untaxed income he has earned working as a confidential informant.
$206,000: Mean per-year salary as a professional snitch.
$898,500: Price he paid for a home in a western Broward County gated community.
$50,000: Paycheck he earned for the bust that netted Buju Banton.
$200,000: Approximate amount Johnson owed the IRS in 2010, the same year he filed for bankruptcy and testified against Buju.
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