Cesar Diaz // Vice President
Cesar Diaz joined Chase and Associates after spending over 27 years in law enforcement. Mr. Diaz retired as a Senior Special Agent of the Department of Justice, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in August 2006. Prior to his federal career in law enforcement, Mr. Diaz served as a police officer with the University of South Florida and the City of Tampa.
Mr. Diaz is a native Spanish speaker and graduate of the University of South Florida in Tampa where he attained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice. During his career as a Special Agent, Mr. Diaz conducted complex domestic and international criminal investigations. He has a broad range of experience in the areas of illegal drug trafficking and money laundering. During his tenure with the DEA, Mr. Diaz conducted and managed undercover operations and personally functioned in an undercover capacity for extended periods of time. He has substantial experience in the areas of surveillance, interviewing witnesses, gathering evidence, and trial preparation. As a Special Agent, he worked closely with both prosecutors and defense counsel in various jurisdictions and has been qualified as an expert witness in the field of drug enforcement.
Mr. Diaz conducted investigations throughout the U.S. and many foreign jurisdictions, including Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Aruba, Spain, Canada, France, and Germany. In addition, he worked closely with officials from Ecuador, Italy, and Great Britain.
Mr. Diaz's undercover infiltration of the Medellin Cartel led to the indictment of Pablo Escobar and the Colombian bank, "Banco De Occidente". Mr. Diaz and his undercover work has been featured in publications such as Business Weekly, U.S. News and World Report, and The Atlanta Journal and Constitution. Mr. Diaz's involvement in DEA's Operation Polar Cap was reported in the 1992 NBC mini-series Drug Wars: The Cocaine Cartel. He was also featured in the book Washed in Gold (The Story Behind the Biggest Money Laundering Investigation in U.S. History), a 1994 publication by Simon and Schuster that was written by Ann Woolner.
Mr. Diaz has extensive knowledge and experience in the security field. He provided protection for witnesses and defendants throughout his law enforcement career and has carried this experience to the private sector. Mr. Diaz has provided security for the National Football League and numerous celebrities, including, Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, Gloria Estefan, and Don Shula.