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formation about Robert Vesco that might prove useful to the Federal Government. Dos Santos discouraged Peroff from this pursuit on the grounds that it might entail entrapment. June 29 through July 16, 1973.-Frank Peroff continued to communicate with Conrad Bouchard about the proposed heroin transaction over the telephone, but Peroff was not able to make any of these phone calls from his own apartment and had to use the phone of his neighbors, pay phones or phones provided him at DEA offices in San Juan.
July 1, 1973.—Under Reorganization Act No. 2 the Federal Government consolidated all of its narcotics functions in one agency, the new Drug Enforcement Administration. The DEA, located within the Justice Department, took over virtually all the narcotics enforcement activities of the Customs Service, the Bureau of Dangerous Drugs and Narcotics (BNDD), the Office of National Narcotics Intelligence and the Office of Drug Abuse Law Enforcement. Frank Peroff, however, remained a Customs informant, receiving his expense money through the Customs Service but his directions were given by DEA agents. His control agent, Richard Dos Santos, was transferred to DEA and continued to give Peroff guidance.
July 1, 1973.—John J. O'Neill, DEA Group Supervisor, took over supervision of the Bouchard heroin inquiry as it related to the activities of Frank Peroff, the informant. Richard Dos Santos, transferred to DEA, was assigned to work under the supervision of O'Neill,
July 6, 1973.–From the apartment of his neighbor, Frank Peroff had a telephone conversation with Conrad Bouchard in which Bouchard told Peroff that Robert Vesco would finance the heroin deal. Peroff, who had turned over his government tape recording equipment to Octavio Pinol, was able to tape the conversation with recording equipment which Peroff himself owned.
Early July 1973.-Group Supervisor John J. O'Neill in a telephone conversation with Frank Peroff heard for the first time the July 6 tape of the conversation between Peroff and Bouchard in which Bouchard asserted that fugitive financier Robert Vesco intended to finance the $300,000 needed to purchase the 100 kilograms of heroin in Europe. Dos Santos testified that upon hearing this tape John J. O'Neill became excited and enthusiastic about the prospect of arresting Robert Vesco. O'Neill, however, testified that he did not, from the very beginning, have any confidence in the July 6 tape in which Bouchard implicated Vesco. O'Neill testified that the reference to Vesco was simply a ploy to keep Peroff interested and close by should Bouchard require the services of Peroff's Lear jet to escape Canada rather than face a long prison term.
July 7, 1973.-Peroff called Bouchard twice. He testified he taped both conversations on a single Scotch brand cassette. In both these conversations, Peroff testified, he tried to learn from Bouchard of any new developments in the heroin plot. Peroff said he made these calls from his neighbor's phone, again taping the calls on his own recording equipment.
Jūly 8, 1973.-Peroff went to DEA offices in San Juan and at about 11 p.m. had a telephone conversation with Conrad Bouchard. Bouchard told Peroff that the planning meeting regarding the heroin transaction had been held and that Peroff was to go to Costa Rica and pick
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up $300,000 from Norman LeBlanc. LeBlanc is a close associate of Robert Vesco.
July 9, 1973.-Peroff reported to his control agent, Richard Dos Santos, about his four previous phone calls with Conrad Bouchard and about the purported involvement of Robert Vesco and Norman LeBlanc in the heroin transaction.
July 10, 1973.—Peroff, Dos Santos and Group Supervisor John J. O'Neill had a three-way conversation in which O'Neill raised the possibility that Peroff travel to Costa Rica as Bouchard had directed, but that he go commercial and not in the private jet. Peroff protested that his only involvement in the heroin inquiry stemmed from the access he would have to a private jet and that he would not wish to go to Costa Rica aboard a commercial airline.
July 10, 1973.-Following the three-way conversations with Dos Santos and O'Neill, Peroff again made contact with Bouchard. In this conversation Bouchard told him that Giuseppe Cotroni was the "mastermind” behind the heroin transaction. Peroff said Bouchard explained that Norman LeBlanc and Cotroni had been long time associates and were close friends.
July 11, 1973.-Peroff had another three-way telephone conversation with Dos Santos and O'Neill. In this conversation Peroff explained to the two men the substance of his previous day's talk with Bouchard. O'Neill now insisted that Peroff fly to Costa Rica in a commercial airline. Peroff refused. Peroff also complained about the amount of money he was receiving for expenses. O'Neill testified that the first time he had discussed the possibility of Peroff flying to Costa Rica in a commercial airplane was not July 9 or 10 but July 16, the day before Peroff left Puerto Rico to return to New York.
July 16, 1973.—DEA Agent Sidney Bowers entered in his diary for this day that Dos Santos had told him that Frank Peroff was troubled when he learned that Vesco would finance the heroin transaction. Bowers said that Dos Santos told him that what scared Peroff about the possible Vesco role was that “there might be security problems with Vesco's reported contacts in the government." Peroff feared that leaks inside the government would lead to his discovery as being an informant and that he would then be in danger for his life.
July 16, 1973.—DEA Agent Bowers asked the Royal Canadian Mounted Police if they wanted Frank Peroff to return to Montreal. Bowers testified that he made this inquiry because Richard Dos Santos asked him to. Bowers testified that the RCMP did not want Peroff to return to Montreal. Bowers said that he also objected to the idea of Peroff returning to Montreal.
July 17, 1973.—Wayne Valentine, Assistant Director of the DEA New York Region, sent a wire to the Puerto Rico DEA office in which travel was authorized for Frank Peroff from San Juan to New York City. Peroff was referred to in that telegram as code number D-73–1. The Valentine cable directed that the Puerto Rico office provide an air ticket—in the form of a government travel request—to New York to Peroff and also give him "$50.00 for expenses incurred by informant in the use of the telephone."
July 19, 1973.—The Peroff family arrived at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York. They were met by Richard Dos Santos and another agent named Dennis Perry. An argument ensued as to the correctness
of Peroff having brought his family with him to New York. The argument resolved nothing and Dos Santos and Perry left the airport, leaving the Peroff family alone in the airline terminal. Before leaving the Peroffs Dos Santos gave Peroff $1,093.38 as payment for expense money owned Peroff. Peroff went to a pay phone and called Special Watergate Prosecutor Archibald Cox. He was unable to get through to Cox. Peroff then took his family to the nearby Hilton Inn at the JFK Airport where they registered under their true name.
July 17, 1973.- From the Hilton Inn, Peroff testified, he tried to call Special Watergate Prosecutor Archibald Cox, Customs Commissioner Vernon Acree and Acting Assistant Commissioner for Investigations at Customs John Brockman. It was Peroff's intention to complain to these officials that DEA agents were standing in the way of the Bouchard investigation. Peroff testified that he was unable to get through to any of these three officials. July 18, 19, or 20, 1973.—Peroff called the U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of New York, and spoke with John R. Wing, who was prosecuting the Mitchell-Stans case. Peroff gave Wing details concerning his involvement as an undercover informant and his utilization by DEA in the Bouchard inquiry.
July 18, 19, or 20, 1973.-Assistant U.S. Attorney John R. Wing, upon receiving a telephone call from Peroff regarding the Bouchard inquiry, contacted Gerald Feffer of the narcotics unit of the U.S. Attorney's office, Southern District of New York. Wing told Feffer about the call and the Bouchard inquiry. Feffer, or an associate of Feffer, contacted Arthur Viviani, Assistant Chief of the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of New York. Viviani called Wing for more details. Wing told Viviani that he did not know the name of the person who called him-at that point no one in the U.S. Attorney's office knew Peroff's name-or how to get hold of him, Viviani testified that he was familiar with the names Cotroni and Bouchard and that, when he concluded his conversation with Wing, he contacted Wayne T. Valentine, the Assistant Regional Director of DEA for the New York Region. Viviani testified that he told Valentine about the call Wing had received and gave Valentine the names Cotroni, Bouchard and Vesco. Viviani said Valentine recognized the names as being subjects in a DEA inquiry in which DEA Agent Richard Dos Santos was working. Viviani testified that Valentine stated that the caller was Dos Santos' informant, Frank Peroff.
July 18, 1973.-Peroff placed a call to the White House and asked for J. Fred Buzhardt. At that time Buzhardt was Special Consultant to President Nixon. Buzhardt was working on matters related to the Watergate litigation. White House switchboard operators referred Peroff to a Secret Service agent, Peter Grant, who was assigned to the White House detail of protecting the President and other officials. Grant listened to Peroff's account of the Bouchard inquiry and how he
, Peroff, felt that he was being mistreated by DEA officials and to Peroff's assertions that the DEA was not properly pursuing the Bouchard-Vesco investigation. Grant called DEA Agent Morris H. Davis, Jr. Davis took the information from Grant regarding Peroff's assertions. Davis passed this information to the DEA Regional Official in New York. He spoke to a DEA official whose name he could not remember.
July 18, 1973.-Peter Grant of the Secret Service spoke with a superior, Harris J. Martin, about the Peroff calls to the White House. Grant testified that Peroff had referred to Harris as someone who could vouch for him. Harris explained to Grant that Peroff had been an informant in a counterfeit case in Europe. Martin told Grant there had previously been warrants on Peroff, according to Grant's testimony. Martin instructed Grant to contact Robert Connelly, the Secret Service agent in Orlando, Florida, Grant testified, and have him "find out if there was any existing warrant” on Peroff. Grant did as instructed. Connelly confirmed the warrants were still in effect.
July 18 or 19, 1973.—DEA Group Supervisor John O'Neill testified that it was on either of these days that he learned for the first time of the outstanding warrants which existed in Florida for the arrest of Frank Peroff. O'Neill testified that, upon learning of the warrants, he immediately initiated action to have Peroff arrested. O'Neill testified that he took this action “because he was a fugitive, the warrants called for his arrest.” He testified that he also initiated action to have Peroff arrested to coerce Peroff into being a more cooperative informant.
July 19, 1973.–The Orange County Sheriff's office in Orlando, Florida sent a telegram to New York Police. In the wire the Florida authorities said that the warrants on Peroff, issued April 7, 1972, were still outstanding and requested that New York police arrest Peroff. In the wire Florida officials said that Peroff was staying at the Hilton Inn Hotel at Kennedy Airport in Room 636 and was registered under his true name.
July 20, 1973.—Peroff testified that while he was talking to Grant and others at the White House, he was also continuing his contacts with Conrad Bouchard. Peroff said that Bouchard told him to be at a certain phone booth at the International Hotel at Kennedy Airport at 5:30 p.m. July 20. Here he would receive "final instructions” for the Costa Rica trip. Peroff testified that the call came through. Bouchard had indicated that a password would be used to identify Peroff in Costa Rica. But, Peroff testified, the caller did not stipulate a password. Instead he told Peroff to wear a “distinctive suit" and that would serve to identify Peroff. Peroff said he told the caller he would wear a blue plaid suit. The caller added, “You weigh well over 200 pounds and you always wear sunglasses.” Peroff said he replied, “That is right.” Peroff said he knew nothing of the identity of the caller, except that the man spoke with a "New York accent."
July 20, 1973.–Richard Dos Santos wrote a memorandum for DEA Group Supervisor John J. O'Neill. In the memorandum, Dos Santos said that the RCMP had just received word from Peroff that the heroin venture was soon to be launched. In his testimony before the Subcommittee, O'Neill said he never saw that July 20 Dos Santos memorandum.
July 21, 1973.—It was on this day, Peroff testified, that he spoke with Peter Grant for the last time. Grant denied that he had any conversation with Peroff on this date.
July 22, 1973.-New York police arrested Peroff at his room at the Hilton Inn at Kennedy Airport and placed him in the Queens County House of Detention.
July 24, 1973.-DEA Agent Richard Dos Santos began negotiations with Carl M. Bornstein, Deputy Chief Assistant District Attorney for Queens County, New York, to have Peroff released from jail.
July 24, 1973.–Richard Dos Santos came to the Queens County House of Detention and spoke with Peroff. Dos Santos told Peroff that efforts were being made to have him released from jail, if he would cooperate and do as he was told.
July 25, 1973.–An Assistant District Attorney for Queens County, Andy Donlevy, arranged for Peroff's release from jail, on bail, in a $25.000 personal recognizance bond. Peroff signed all the appropriate papers. Then he was set free. Under the terms of Peroff's release from jail, Dos Santos promised Carl Bronstein that, upon his completion of his work as a federal undercover agent, Peroff would be available to the Queens County prosecutors for undercover work in local law enforcement. During these discussions Dos Santos mentioned that fact that Peroff was working on a narcotics case that involved the fugitive financier, Robert Vesco.
July 26, 1973.–The DEA gave Frank Peroff a code number, SC13-0149, and the title of “cooperating individual.” This was Peroff's first official designation with the DEA.
July 27, 1973.—Peroff, at the direction of the DEA, flew back to Montreal. He met in Montreal with DEA Agent Sidney C. Bowers. Bowers told Peroff to demand of Bouchard advance money. Peroff was to insist that either he receive this advance money or he would not go to Costa Rica to pick up the $300,000 required to purchase the heroin. Testimony at the hearings indicated that the advance money demand that Peroff was to make of Bouchard was $10,000 or $20,000.
July 27, 1973.—DEA Agent Dos Santos located a private jet aircraft being serviced at the Fulton County Airport in Atlanta, Georgia and relayed, through the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, a description of the airplane and fabricated terms under which Peroff purportedly was leasing it. This information was then passed on by Peroff to Bouchard and to Bouchard associates to demonstrate that Peroff, indeed, did have a Lear jet which could be used in the heroin transaction.
July 27, 1973.-DEA Agent Sidney C. Bowers filed a report August 2, in which he described Peroff's July 27 discussions with Cote and Bouchard. In his report, Bowers wrote that Bouchard casually made the assertion that 10 kilograms of heroin were being smuggled into Montreal July 28 or 29 by a woman courier and that the heroin was being offered to Bouchard at the price of $7,000 a kilogram. Bouchard said he had already sold the arriving heroin to a Detroit figure for $20,000 a kilogram. July 28, 1973.—Peroff
, staying at the Martinique Hotel in Montreal, was paid a visit at 10 or 11 a.m. by Conrad Bouchard and Louis Cote. They met for about five hours. Bouchard was upset about Peroff being in Montreal. Bouchard warned that this visit "could kill the whole deal." Peroff responded by telling Bouchard that there would not be any heroin transaction in his Lear jet without the advance money he had demanded earlier. Peroff testified that Bouchard, at this point, began making an effort to collect the advance money which Peroff was demanding.