Rafael Caro Quintero did not stop selling drugs, despite being in prison

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The bonnet Rafael Caro Quintero he never stopped operating his business of drug sale, even when it was prisoner for 28 years and four months in three different prisons and although he insisted on having retired from business.

According to an accusation registered in the Federal District Court of New York, in U.S, Caro Quintero, who is fugitive since 2013, “he held a position of organizer, supervisor and management positions“as a drug dealer between 1980 and 2017.

In addition to that it had in its structure with heads of place “who controlled certain territories and were responsible for drug transport through those territories “, without detailing their names or geographical locations.

And he had on his payroll hitmen, money launderers and carriers, among them, entire crews for boats

“From at least January 1980 to January 2017, Caro Quintero operated a vast narcotics transport network responsible for manufacturing and importing from Mexico to the United States multiple tons of heroin, methamphetamine and marijuana,” details the arrest warrant. turned against him on January 20, 2017.

That arrest warrant is key and, if one day it is recaptured, it will be the focal point of any trial faced in U.S for a half dozen accusations, the most serious of them, the murder of the special agent Enrique Kiki Camarena, of the Administration for Drug Control (DEA for its acronym in English).

The accusation against him is signed by the US district attorney, Robert Capers, and argues that the organization of Caro Quintero has used corruption as “a means and method to achieve its objectives”, in addition to generating millions of dollars that have been back washes to Mexico.

“Often the money (coming from) the (sale of) drug was physically transported from the United States to Mexico by clandestine means,” the letter notes.

Rafael Caro Quintero, The R1 or The gray hair, Remains fugitive on both sides of the border from August, 2013, after the decision to release him was revoked, and is considered a founder and former leader of the Guadalajara cartel beside Miguel Angel Felix Gallardo and Ernesto Fonseca Don Neto.

According to the State Department, he now leads a faction of the cSinaloa cartel.



Hunter continues to argue that losing wasn’t just “carelessness” – NBC 7 San Diego

Former Congressman Duncan D. Hunter continues to argue that “carelessness” and reliance on his wife “to make sure their finances are in order” caused him to lose $ 150,000 in campaign funds for personal use.

This information was revealed in a legal motion filed Thursday by federal prosecutors, who asked Judge Thomas Whalen for permission to present a longer than usual sentencing memorandum in Hunter’s case.

On December 3, 2019, Hunter pleaded guilty to a conspiracy count for abusing campaign funds. But in the latest filing, prosecutors say Hunter does not accept full responsibility for his actions.

“Hunter has tried to deflect criminal responsibility over his wife and family from the start” of the federal investigation, wrote prosecutor Phil Halpern.

“Hunter still clings to this tactic,” even after pleading guilty, Halpern said.

NBC 7’s Alex Presha got the latest information after Representative Duncan Hunter clung to his post.

The prosecution’s reminder offers a first look at the otherwise confidential pre-sentencing report that will help Judge Whelan decide on Hunter’s punishment. That report, which was filed under seal on February 11, includes excerpts from Hunter’s interview with the probation officer.

In their motion, prosecutors argue that even though Hunter “is taking responsibility for his actions,” he still insists that negligence and dependence on his wife were partly responsible for his criminal acts.

But Hunter’s attorneys, Devin Burstein and Paul Pfingst, insist that their client takes full responsibility for the missing error.

In opposition to the government motion, they cite three other statements made by Hunter to his probation officer:

  • “I misused the campaign funds.”
  • “I pleaded guilty because I’m guilty. I spent campaign funds to cover personal expenses and allowed Margaret (Hunter) to do the same.”
  • “Any punishment for misuse of campaign funds should be mine alone. Margaret and my kids have had enough.”

Given his acceptance of responsibility, Hunter’s attorneys argue that “the government has said it needs more pages [in its sentencing report]… is nonsense. ”

Burstein and Pfingst also claim that prosecutors want to present a longer sentencing warrant “not to guarantee justice, but to maximize [media] coverage of Hunter’s sentencing hearing.

But Prosecutor Halpern said the extra pages are needed “to present a broad factual summary in order to combat Hunter’s incessant and incendiary allegations that the Justice Department has initiated a political vendetta against him since the investigation was become public. “

Hunter could face up to five years in prison when sentenced on March 17.


The appeal court says attorney Trump McGahn doesn’t have to testify to House

Former White House adviser Don McGahn speaks during a discussion on “Constitutional questions and political struggle: Congress’s role in surveillance and national security”, December 12, 2019 at the Global Academic Center of New York University in Washington, DC. McGahn talked about the point of view from the perspective of the executive branch.

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Lawyers threw a stone at William Barr

Whatever the outcome of a case, then Attorney General Robert H. Jackson observed in 1940 “the government… Really won if justice was done.” It is worth keeping that truth in mind when considering the prosecutor dispute. General William Barr and Roger Stone.

Last week Judge Amy Berman Jackson sentenced Mr. Stone at 40 months in prison, a deadline within which Mr. Barr had suggested when he overturned prosecutors who recommended a seven to nine year term. The attorney general’s move spawned allegations that …