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article imageHost for Romney event is a convicted drug dealer

By Matt Cianfarani     Aug 14, 2012 in Politics
Romney appeared Monday evening at El Palacio de los Jugos, a restaurant owned by Reinaldo Bermudez. Court records show that Bermudez pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute cocaine in 1999 and served three years in federal prison.
Media reports in November, 1997, said that Mr. Bermudez was one of 12 people accused in a Colombian drug smuggling operation. Agents seized about 1,292.75 kilograms of cocaine at Florida ports.
Toronto's Globe & Mail reports that as a convicted felon, Mr. Bermudez wouldn’t be eligible to vote in Florida unless the governor and the Cabinet restore his rights.
AP reports that Agents seized about 2,850 pounds of cocaine at three South Florida ports over several months.Those shipments were concealed in containers filled with fish imported from Trinidad, an island in the south Caribbean. The largest and final seizure came in late October at Port Everglades, where officials found 2,304 pounds of cocaine in a container of soap imported from Venezuela.
Authorities learned of all three cocaine shipments through court-authorized wiretaps on four of the suspects' home, office and cellular telephones, according to media reports.
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