Date: September 11th, 1990
Debrief: ANGELA TRAPASSO D.O.B. 16/2/63
Angela Trapasso was arrested on 17th May, 1990 onboard the Royal Viking Star as
it was about to leave Bermuda Waters. She was in possession of US $19,000.
Trapasso has made four (4) trips to Bermuda
since December 1990 under two names. She carried a total of 8.5 kilos of
cocaine into the Island and carried out a total of approximately US $384,000.
Since her incarceration in the Co-ed facility,
she was very uncooperative and in my view, very suspicious of the Bermuda
police. I talked to her and interviews her on several occasions and I
thought it unlikely that she would admit to actually carrying cocaine into
A turning point in the case occurred when
Trapasso's fellow courier and in fact the woman Trapasso was taking over from,
Deborah Lee Morton, was murdered in New Jersey apparently as a warning to
Trapasso to keep quiet about her involvement.
The operation of which Trapasso is a part, has
been in operation, running cocaine to Bermuda since 1982.
Several United States authorities have taken
an interest in this enquiry, including the DEA (Newark), the New Jersey State
Police and the Monmouth County Prosecutors Office (the Morton murder took place
in their jurisdiction).
On Tuesday 28th August 1990 and Wednesday 29th
August 1990, I was present at Police Headquarters, Prospect in company with
Detective Inspector Jackson, Donna Sonageri (DEA D>A> for Newark) and JR (DEA
Newark) during a debrief of Trapasso.
Trapasso appeared to make a full confession of
her involvement in the organisation and much to my surprise, admitted to
importing 8.5 kilos of cocaine into Bermuda personally.
She was given immunity against prosecution if
she gives testimony in the United States, by Mrs Sonageri, but expects and will
be given no immunity in Bermuda.
Trapasso is basically a very curious and
inquisitive woman who has a great memory for detail and much of what she stated
has proved to be accurate, corroborated by hotel records etc.
She has nothing to gain from misleading the
authorities both here and in the United States, as she is aware that her United
States immunity from prosecution will be null and void if she does not tell the
truth about her participation.
Trapasso wishes to change lawyers and
hopefully once this has been achieved, she will be willing to give a statement under caution to me which could prove to be converted into a witness statement
once she has been dealt with by the Courts.
The problems will arrive when her lawyer
Delroy Duncan learns she wishes to change legal representatives as this will
alert Marcus Cohab, Hugo Mata and Luis Aparicio and they will be aware of her
situation and intentions. This could result in further murders in order to
silence potential witnesses in the united States or as a warning to Trapasso.
Attached is a synopsis of the Trapasso
debrief, particularly her four trips to Bermuda.
There is also a flow chart of the organisation
and additional intelligence that may be of help to the Drug Intelligence Unit.
Trapasso and Alongi will make excellent
prosecution witnesses, they are both intelligent, articulate and possess
excellent memories, neither would be intimidated by defence counsel.