Mexican Mayor, A Common Drug Smuggler? And More

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Now, we aren’t talking your average joe blow here from Mexico, we are talking about the Mayor of Izucar de Matamaoros. Just bloody wonderful don’t you think? From CNN’s Lou Dobbs we have this story:

DOBBS: The mayor of a Mexican city tonight is facing charges of smuggling hundreds of pounds of cocaine into the United States over the past several years. Ruben Gil, who is the mayor of Izucar de Matamaoros was arrested in Los Angeles and flown to New York today for arraignment.

Bill Tucker has our report from outside the U.S. district court in lower Manhattan — Bill.

BILL TUCKER, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Lou, the mayor, Ruben Gil, will be arraigned here in federal court tomorrow. He will be charged with one count and that is conspiracy to distribute cocaine and intent to possess to distribute cocaine. The mayor came to the attention of authorities a few years back in 2004 when a truck that was being driven by his brother that had the name “Gil Moving and Storage” (ph) written on it was pulled over and found to contain 330 pounds of cocaine.

The U.S. attorney here says they believe that Mr. Gil has been involved in other drug deals including some recent ones back in 2006, of a 48-pound shipment of cocaine and then just as recently as November of last year, a 24-pound shipment of cocaine. If he is convicted on this single count, he faces a maximum of life in prison in a minimum mandatory sentence of 10 years in jail.

U.S. attorney Michael Garcia praised the international law enforcement efforts, released a statement today saying that, “his arrest is the result of an extraordinary cooperation of international law enforcement partners.” We did call the Mexican Consulate here in New York, Lou. The Consulate issued a simple statement saying that they will monitor his legal situation in the same way that it follows other cases involving criminal proceedings filed against Mexican nationals.

Now, as of now we should note that Gil has no listed counsel. But according to the U.S. attorney’s office that I did speak with this afternoon, he is expected to have his own lawyer in court tomorrow, so we’ll see.

And this is a long way away from his home, which is a small town down south of Mexico City, where, Lou, apparently, he’s not very much missed. His brother-in-law has taken over position of acting mayor. They say they have no intentions of holding any new elections because things are going fine without him and they are not even sure that they understand what he’s doing in Mexico, Lou, because apparently, he told local papers down there that he was in the United States seeking treatment for a kidney ailment and might not be back for some time — Lou.

DOBBS: To be clear, this, these hundreds of pounds of cocaine on trucks that the mayor owned were in the United States? Is that correct?

TUCKER: That is correct, yes.

DOBBS: I suppose they weren’t part of the Department of Transportation’s pilot project to permit those Mexican trucks to roll across our roads, one only assumes. Thank you very much, Bill.

TUCKER: You bet you.

DOBBS: Bill Tucker from lower Manhattan outside the U.S. District Court building.

I checked the next day’s transcripts but there was no further news available on this article. There was this further article on the border patrol men who were convicted and sent to federal prison. So, here from Lou Dobbs again we have this story:

Former border patrol agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean have now been in prison in solitary confinement for more than a year. Now two congressmen are demanding that the Bureau of Prisons transfer those agents to a minimum security facility. Ramos and Compean are awaiting a decision from the appellate court, awaiting a decision on whether their convictions for shooting and wounding an illegal alien drug smuggler will be overturned.

Casey Wian has our report.

CASEY WIAN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Former border patrol agent Ignacio Ramos is in this federal prison in Phoenix. Last year, he was brutally assaulted at another prison by inmates who learned he was one of two agents convicted of wounding an admitted drug smuggler who is an illegal alien and covering up the shooting.

Ramos has since been in solitary confinement for his own protection. Now, Congressman Duncan Hunter and Dana Rohrabacher say they’ve persuaded Bureau of Prisons Director Harley Lapin to meet with Ramos. They’re demanding transfers to a minimum security facility for Ramos and fellow former agent Jose Compean.

REP. DUNCAN HUNTER (R-CA), HOUSE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN: They are going to review the incarceration status and the prospects of moving our two guys to a lower security facility. If they’re in a lower security facility where you don’t have lots of drug dealers and hard-core criminals, then they would probably be allowed to be with the general population in that lower security environment.

WIAN: A Bureau of Prison spokesman would not even confirm the meeting took place saying, “I have no information on it nor would that be information we would provide.”

WIAN: Ramos and Compean are still waiting for a decision from the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans. At a hearing in December, two of three judges were critical of the federal government’s prosecution of the two agents — Lou.

DOBBS: Well, we’ve been critical throughout of the federal government in this prosecution. It is disgraceful and by the way, the cute little statements from the Bureau of Prisons they wouldn’t provide that information. You know come on, get real. You’re talking about information that should be public.

It is a matter of public interest. We need to really get a hold of some of these people in this government and tell them to start thinking a little bit, at least, about their responsibility to the public. Then there is, of course, the issue about why in the world the appellate court is taking this long. What are you hearing about that, Casey?

WIAN: Well, what I’m hearing from attorneys involved in the case, from lawmakers who have taken up the case of these two agents, they’re saying they’re taking it as a good sign that the appellate court is taking so long, perhaps they’re consulting with other judges on the appellate court.

They want to make sure — because this case has so much national interest, they want to make sure they do the right thing. They want to take it very seriously, so they’re holding out that hope that this means that the…

DOBBS: Here’s the really serious issue, this administration railroaded these two agents. It’s a miscarriage of justice. This — the prosecutor in this case not putting that information that their so-called victim was, in point of fact, a perpetrator even as the case was being brought against these agents. This is disgusting.

This is how careful you’ve got to be. Put those facts in front of — oh. It is just ridiculous, the situation we find these agents in. And for this to be tolerated in this country, this is the land of the free sometimes. I mean it’s ridiculous.

WIAN: Yes, and if the Bureau of Prisons actually grants the requests by these two congressmen to move these agents to a minimum security facility and give them a little bit better treatment, it will be the first time that the federal government has acted in any way in the interests of these two agents in three years, Lou.

DOBBS: This administration has a lot to answer for and you can certainly put the names Ramos and Compean at the head of that list. Thank you very much, we appreciate it — Casey Wian. Time now for our poll: Do you believe imprisoned former Border Patrol Agents Ramos and Compean should be set free while they await the results of their appeal?

I can’t tell you how much I’d like to see the prosecutor of these men behind the same bars these guys are behind. How our twisted justice system ever came to this point is beyond me. That illegals and drug smugglers, hoodlums and the dregs of another nation have more rights than OUR People, is beyond me!

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Whatever you do, please let your voices be heard. These guys do NOT deserve to be behind bars for defending our borders. They are up against drug cartels who are well armed, the Mexican police, who are constantly helping drug smugglers, and the worst of the worst intent on getting into the United States to create havoc. Let’s stem the flow by whatever means we can.

It makes me mad that we have illegals running around our streets protesting that they should have rights here when they have broken our laws by coming here. I have no pity for them, none what so ever! And then our justice system finds our guys GUILTY because of evidence that was WITHHELD! It is absolutely mind boggling that this sort of thing can happen in the United States of America. I’ll see your bleeding heart and raise you a double set of “Go back to Mexico” cards!

As for U.S. Attorney Johnny Sutton, you can kiss your career good-bye! It really figures you’d be another bush boy! Same brains as the boss, NONE!

I found this a very telling piece of news from the inquisition of Ramos:

At the heart of the prosecution is a vehicle-pursuit policy that makes absolutely no sense. As Assistant U.S. Attorney Debra Kanof explained to the Sun, “It is a violation of Border Patrol regulations to go after someone who is fleeing.” It’s like a no-arrest policy.

No surprise, Border Patrol agents routinely ignore the regs. As Ramos responded to Kanof, “How are we supposed to follow the Border Patrol strategy of apprehending terrorists or drug smugglers if we are not supposed to pursue fleeing people? Everybody who’s breaking the law flees from us. What are we supposed to do? Do they want us to catch them or not?

You can find that story here:

When the regulations are this stupid, this inept, this ridiculous, you simply CAN’T follow them. The idiots who wrote these regs need to be fired! They need to have their heads examined. Maybe even be rehabilitated.

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~ by justmytruth on April 6, 2008.

2 Responses to “Mexican Mayor, A Common Drug Smuggler? And More”

  1. This is where a lot of the Mexican revenue comes from. They aren’t interested in stopping drugs or drug traffickers. If they were they would have done so by now. No, drugs are far too profitable for Mexico.

  2. Can someone explain why the Mexican government didn’t arrest Ruben Gill sooner? Did they really not know?

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