The former Miami chief of the Drug Enforcement Administration, who is accused of destroying evidence in the alleged $8 billion Stanford Financial Group fraud, wants to force the prosecution’s hand by insisting on a trial later this month.

Thomas Raffanello, who served as the special agent in charge of the DEA’s Miami office from 2002 to 2004, made an initial court appearance Friday on charges of obstructing a federal investigation and destroying records protected by a court order when he allegedly ordered the shredding of documents to thwart an investigation into the Houston-based financial enterprise.

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