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Romney Linked to Miami Drug Dealer? NO. Clinton? YES.

Posted by FactReal on August 16, 2012

The media (who are mostly in Obama’s pocket) are summarizing Romney’s Miami visit as if he came to South Florida on Monday to open a cocaine smuggling route. Their reports are not focused on what Romney said to the crowd, but about trying to sully Romney’s impeccable reputation by linking him to illegal drugs. Why? Because the Miami juice shop owner, who dared to host a Romney campaign event, had a drug offense in 1999 for which he spent three years in jail.

These are the same liberal reporters who lecture us about giving second chances to ex-offenders and who want Amnesty for all those illegal aliens who decided to break our immigration laws. But now they want this shop owner to be treated as a pariah.

The Secret Service (under Obama) reportedly cleared the guy and the venue. If Romney would’ve changed venue, they would’ve accused him of “discriminating Hispanics with criminal record!”

Newsbusters shows how the Associated Press (AP) reported Romney’s campaign stop in Miami:

AP couldn’t let Mitt Romney and Marco Rubio hand out juice at a campaign event in Miami without connecting them to cocaine. What? David Fischer’s story was headlined “Host for Romney event is a convicted drug dealer.” It began: “Mitt Romney held a campaign event Monday evening at a Miami juice shop owned by a convicted cocaine trafficker.”

…AP’s story continued:

Romney appeared at El Palacio de los Jugos, which is 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…Bermudez told the Miami New Times that the Secret Service vetted everything about him when the Romney campaign asked to use his fresh fruit and vegetable stand and that they knew about his criminal record.

“Here in Miami there are a lot people with money who have had problems with the law,” Bermudez told the New Times. “Thankfully, we all have the opportunity in this country to re-enter society when we’ve done something wrong.”

Does anyone believe AP would have leaped on this detail about who sold the juice – a man with one drug offense in 1999, with time served – if Obama had an event at the same venue?

Reuters pined for the old venue:

MIAMI (Reuters) – A campaign stop by Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in Miami on Monday was held at a restaurant owned by a convicted drug trafficker.

Romney, hoping to get support from the Cuban-American community in Miami, held an event at El Palacio de los Jugos, famed for its tropical juices, fruits and Cuban-style snack food.

Court documents show restaurant owner Reinaldo Bermudez pleaded guilty in 1997 to one count of conspiracy to distribute cocaine. The case in federal court in Miami led to a three-year prison sentence for Bermudez. […]

As a convicted felon in Florida, Bermudez would be barred from voting in the November 6 presidential election.

The selection of the Palacio de los Jugos venue came as a surprise to many political veterans in Miami.

Republican candidates have traditionally chosen more established places in the heart of the Cuban exile community, especially the iconic Versailles coffee shop and restaurant in the city’s Little Havana neighborhood.

Obama Facts the Media Failed to Report in 2008
This is the same liberal media that did not give importance that:
– Obama admitted in his own book that he used cocaine.
– Obama in his high school yearbook thanked his marijuana buddies.
– Obama launched his political career at the house of unrepentant domestic terrorist, Bill Ayers, who bombed U.S. government buildings and killed people.

Media helping Obama
Obama campaign attacks Romney by tweeting the media report over Miami event ‘hosted by ex-dealer.’

(Sources: Newsbusters, New York Times)

Jorge Cabrera, a convicted drug smuggler who gave $20,000 to the DNC, wound up at a White House Christmas party with Hillary Clinton and at a fancy dinner with Al Gore. (Reuters/New York Times)

On April 4, 1997, the New York Times explained the link between the Clintons, Al Gore, and the convicted drug smuggler Jorge Cabrera:

Drug Smuggler Made Clinton Donation in Cuba, Investigators Say

MIAMI — Jorge Cabrera, a drug smuggler who has emerged as one of the most notorious supporters of President Clinton’s re-election campaign, was asked for a campaign contribution in the unlikely locale of a hotel in Havana by a prominent Democratic fund-raiser, congressional investigators have learned.

The investigators said the fund-raiser, whom they identified as Vivian Mannerud, a Cuban-American businesswoman from Miami, told Cabrera at a meeting at the Copacabana Hotel in Havana that in exchange for a contribution he would be invited to a fund-raising dinner in honor of Vice President Al Gore in an exclusive enclave near Miami.

Ms. Mannerud owns Airline Brokers Co., an airline charter service that operates among Havana, the Bahamas and Mexico.

On his return to the United States several days after that meeting, in November 1995, Cabrera wrote a check for $20,000 to the Democratic National Committee from an account that included the proceeds from smuggling cocaine from Colombia to the United States, said the investigators, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Within two weeks of the contribution, Cabrera met Gore at the dinner in Miami. Ten days later, Cabrera attended a Christmas reception at the White House hosted by Hillary Rodham Clinton. At the events, Gore and Mrs. Clinton posed for photographs with Cabrera, who has two felony convictions dating from the 1980s and is now in a prison here on a drug-smuggling conviction.


Cabrera’s contribution and smuggling conviction, which became public knowledge three weeks before Election Day in November, were one of the first examples of the questionable fund-raising practices that have brought criticism to the Democratic Party. By now, the case has come to symbolize the Democratic National Committee’s frenetic drive for campaign cash.

In early January 1996, three weeks after having attended the Christmas reception at the White House, Cabrera was arrested and charged with importing 6,000 pounds of cocaine into the United States on boats through the Florida Keys. Late last year, he pleaded guilty to those charges and was sentenced to 19 years in federal prison and fined $1.5 million.

The new details about the location for the solicitation of Cabrera’s contribution and the source of the money have come to light in congressional investigators’ interviews here with Cabrera. The investigators, who are looking into possible abuses of campaign fund-raising, are trying to determine whether Cabrera “laundered” drug money when making his $20,000 “soft money” contribution to the campaign.

Investigators had originally acted on a tip that an associate of Cabrera had delivered $20,000, in $100 bills, to Ms. Mannerud’s office. But in recent weeks investigators learned that that did not occur. Instead, bank records show that $11,900 in cash, from drug proceeds, was deposited into Cabrera’s checking account on Nov. 21, 1995, several officials familiar with the investigation said.

The cash was specifically deposited to help cover the $20,000 campaign check, which Cabrera wrote that same day, the officials said.


Ms. Mannerud, who herself contributed $80,850 to the Democrats, was described by officials as a “fairly prominent and successful fund-raiser.”

According to Bronis, Ms. Mannerud sought out Cabrera at the Copa to make a strong fund-raising pitch for the dinner, to be held in a few weeks in Miami, in honor of Gore. Ms. Mannerud and Cabrera found that they had something in common — they had both met Fidel Castro.

Ms. Mannerud told Cabrera that she needed to raise a certain amount of money to “elevate her level of influence in the Democratic Party,” because she was hoping the United States would normalize relations with Cuba, Bronis said.


Investigators say they were particularly surprised to learn that any solicitation of campaign contributions would occur in Cuba because of longstanding United States policy toward that country.

The United States first imposed a ban on trade and commerce with Cuba in 1963, allowing extremely few exceptions. The embargo was strengthened in 1992 to prohibit subsidiaries of U.S. companies from doing business in Cuba, and it was tightened again last year to, among other points, punish foreign companies that use property that the government confiscated after the revolution.

The embargo does not prohibit travel to Cuba, but rather the spending of dollars there without a special license from the Treasury Department. People with relatives in Cuba, journalists and a few others are allowed to go to the island, but only with the license.

Until last year, those people could fly on direct charter flights from Miami. But after Cuban fighter pilots shot down two unarmed civilian planes that belonged to a Cuban-American organization, Brothers to the Rescue, in February 1996, Clinton suspended the charter flights. The president recently renewed that suspension for an additional year.

People who obtain special licenses may travel to Cuba, but they have to travel through a third country. Ms. Mannerud’s charter service flies through the Bahamas and Mexico.

A Cuban-born American, Cabrera was arrested two times on serious drug charges in the 1980s. Both times he pleaded guilty to nondrug felony charges. In 1983, he pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice for conspiring to bribe a grand jury witness and served 42 months in prison. In 1988, he pleaded guilty to filing a false income-tax return and served one year in prison.

After his brief brush with presidential politics, Cabrera was arrested in January 1996 inside a cigar warehouse near here in Dade County, where more than 500 pounds of cocaine had been hidden. He and several accomplices were charged with having smuggled 3,000 pounds of cocaine into the United States through the Keys.


In January, Cabrera received an invitation to Clinton’s inauguration.

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