When Alberto Marin Zamora, a Colombian Norte de Valle narcotics kingpin, was arrested in Venezuela, Judge Palmeri-Bacchi, who was on the bench at the time, extorted $1.5m from him, to foil his extradition to the United States. To accomplish this, he filed a bogus local criminal charge against Marin, to keep him in Venezuela. Palmeri later moved his criminal proceeds through a bank in Curacao, and thereafter into a bank in Florida, hence the money laundering charge.
Marin Zamora, who was later extradited the the US, and convicted, cooperated with American authorities; Palmeri was arrested in Miami, when he arrived there, planning on visiting Disney World. The defendant must also serve three years of Supervised Release.
This case confirms the sorry nature of the Venezuelan court system, where the rule of law does not exist, and justice is for sale to the highest bidder.