Federal Fugitive Freed Because Evidence Takes Too Much Space

DEA storage

Charges against Armando Angulo, a Miami doctor who was pursued by the federal government, have been dropped because the evidence was taking too much space on the DEA servers. Now, to give them their due, the government has more than 400,000 pages of evidence. That must have taken a tremendous amount of resources to assemble. Lawyers, courts, investigations, etc.

But those 400,000 pages of evidence take just 2TB of data. You can buy a 2TB drive for $100 on Amazon. But the DEA claims this will be “an economic and political hardship.” $100 versus the $6.5 million he allegedly cost Medicaid through his fraudulent activities.

What may be even crazier is that the DEA claims this 2TB took up 5% of their entire worldwide global storage network. In other words, the DEA has a total of 40TB of storage. Worldwide.

That’s one third of one Backblaze Storage Pod. Which costs $10k to build.

If $6.5 million isn’t enough to keep 2TB of data, we would be happy to provide an entire Backblaze Storage Pod to them for that much. And we’d be happy to provide online backup for all 2TB for just $5/month.


About Gleb Budman

Gleb Budman is a co-founder and has served as our chief executive officer since 2007, guiding the business from its inception in a Palo Alto apartment to a company serving customers in more than 175 countries with over an exabyte of data under management. Gleb has served as a member of our board of directors since 2009 and as chairperson since January 2021. Prior to Backblaze, Gleb was the senior director of product management at SonicWall and the vice president of products at MailFrontier, which was acquired by SonicWall. Before that, he served in a senior position at Kendara, which was acquired by Excite@Home, and previously founded and successfully exited two other startup companies.