Ex-Homeland Security agent charged with stealing drug money

Posted at 9:45 AM, Dec 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-15 14:47:16-05

Federal authorities say a former U.S. Homeland Security Investigations agent is accused of using his position to steal hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash from drug-money couriers.

According to an indictment filed Wednesday in San Diego, Tyrone Cedric Duren allegedly laundered the dirty money through real estate transactions and American and Croatian banks.

The San Diego Union-Tribune reports the 46-year-old and his 45-year-old wife, Jennifer Duren, face charges including money laundering.

The two were arrested Nov. 30 at Los Angeles International Airport as they returned from a trip to Australia and New Zealand.

They have pleaded not guilty.

Duren's attorney did not return a phone call or email seeking comment. His wife's attorney declined to discuss the case Wednesday.