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Prison for Esperanza merchant: Vasquez-Robles pleads guilty to ...

There are 31 comments on the Santa Cruz Sentinel story from Apr 5, 2010, titled Prison for Esperanza merchant: Vasquez-Robles pleads guilty to .... In it, Santa Cruz Sentinel reports that:

A federal investigation of Javier Vasquez-Robles focused on activities at the chain of La Esperanza Markets he owns on the Central Coast and Bay Area.

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Wescruz

Santa Cruz, CA

#1 Apr 5, 2010
Hmmmm I wonder what soap they use for laundering money??:)
Critic

Fremont, CA

#2 Apr 5, 2010
glad they got this guy off the streets.
thin_kin

United States

#4 Apr 5, 2010
I have read here in the Sentinel some street drug dealers selling drugs on Pacific Ave or Main St get 10 years behind bars when caught AND then we have this guy who is a mega drug dealer get only 3 years. Where is JUSTICE?

It seems Justice likes the 300K fish better.
You are being monitored

Santa Cruz, CA

#5 Apr 5, 2010
you have been warned
Watsonvillain

Hayward, CA

#6 Apr 5, 2010
The Central Coast has too much in tax money to lose if the stores are closed. You want to reduce gang/drug activity? Don't only get these kingpins off the streets, get ALL the beneficiaries, including Wells Fargo Bank (like they didn't know!, politricks, and Mr. Terry Medina, since kingpins like Mr. Vasquez made his glorious career: "You make 'em, I catch 'em!"

Time to speak the truth!
black magic

Pleasanton, CA

#8 Apr 5, 2010
This sounds like a movie from the lete 70s. drugs, money and a mexican tunnel...
ExSCn

Ventura, CA

#9 Apr 5, 2010
I knew one of his daughters, this is crazy. Having spent time around her and visiting their family home you would not have guessed that they were involved in all this.
Charles Bronson

Atlanta, GA

#10 Apr 5, 2010
Bummer. I liked La Esperanza market. But I won't go there any more. I suggest we drive the store out of business and drive the family out of our community. I'm only going to the Mexican store on Laurel and Chestnut from now on. Glad we have options!
WhySoLong

Watsonville, CA

#12 Apr 5, 2010
...and boycotting the markets will never work. A handful of Santa Cruz residents who read the paper aren't gonna put a dent in the money that courses through this front, and Watsonville loves its La Esperanza even if they know about the truth behind it.
RobtA

Palo Alto, CA

#13 Apr 5, 2010
I am so shocked to read this. Why, everyone knows that Mexicans are hard-working people who do jobs Americans won't do.

Smuggling cocaine and laundering money require hard work. Most Americans won't do it. See, that proves my point.
Oracle

Santa Cruz, CA

#14 Apr 5, 2010
RobtA wrote:
I am so shocked to read this. Why, everyone knows that Mexicans are hard-working people who do jobs Americans won't do.
Smuggling cocaine and laundering money require hard work. Most Americans won't do it. See, that proves my point.
That is correct. Most Americans will take the kick backs and let everyone else take the risks. You are starting to get it Robert. Good for you. Yes, your government will take kick backs from large distributers to look the other way. Then they bust a bunch of petty street guys to make people like you think that the government actually cares about the average Joe. Meanwhile tons & tons of drugs keep pouring into this country, mostly to be distributed in Ghettos, cause ya know that is where the bad people come from, and yet you still can not figure out why the cycle doesn't end?

That must keep you up at night I bet? Let me help you out. For every dozen 2 bit street drug dealers out there, there is a wealthy likely white and politically connected family who live in a gated community employing them.

illegal drugs = huge profits. If the government cared about people instead of profit we would emphasize rehabilitation and prevention instead of incarceration. It's not that hard to figure out.
Salinas Newspaper

Petaluma, CA

#15 Apr 5, 2010
Knows how to write an article. Great job, Hennessey!
whatever

Berkeley, CA

#16 Apr 5, 2010
thin_kin wrote:
I have read here in the Sentinel some street drug dealers selling drugs on Pacific Ave or Main St get 10 years behind bars when caught AND then we have this guy who is a mega drug dealer get only 3 years. Where is JUSTICE?
It seems Justice likes the 300K fish better.
because when you are a "mega dealer" you have mega money for a mega layer and get a mega good deal.
Corralitos Taxpayer

Salinas, CA

#17 Apr 5, 2010
A domestic terrorist. Destroying our community with drugs and corruption. Life in prison would be the correct sentence.
Wescruz

Santa Cruz, CA

#18 Apr 5, 2010
thin_kin wrote:
I have read here in the Sentinel some street drug dealers selling drugs on Pacific Ave or Main St get 10 years behind bars when caught AND then we have this guy who is a mega drug dealer get only 3 years. Where is JUSTICE?
It seems Justice likes the 300K fish better.
If you can afford an expensive attorney you have alot better chance of getting off
with a lesser sentence. It is really incredible that the justice system is sort of a
chameleon- like thing that changes with how much the defendent has in their bank accounts. If ya got the money you are given better treatment. The whole thing smells!!
myrna831

Salinas, CA

#19 Apr 5, 2010
ok so if im reading this correctly they looked into him for 17 years and never found him with any drugs... isnt it possible that there just werent any drugs!!! Cause our government is always right... right???? I understand that its easy to point the finger but if the US government with all its money and powere werent able to convict him... why are all of you????
Lorena

Newark, CA

#20 Apr 5, 2010
Ive known the family forever and this is ridiculous, oviously it was never proved the family is suffering greatly leave them alone. Great people thats all I care about, great stores. God Bless you girls
neighbor

United States

#21 Apr 5, 2010
this guy also had a lot of animals taken from him over the years for neglect and abuse. The Sentinel should check and see if he was ever charged with animal cruelty. I know animal control was out there a LOT and took horses, dogs, goats and fighting cocks. Dig deeper Sentinel!
WhySoLong

Watsonville, CA

#23 Apr 5, 2010
Don't forget the peacocks and the little tiny horse that a grown man rides on as it labors up and down the street.
neighbor wrote:
this guy also had a lot of animals taken from him over the years for neglect and abuse. The Sentinel should check and see if he was ever charged with animal cruelty. I know animal control was out there a LOT and took horses, dogs, goats and fighting cocks. Dig deeper Sentinel!
Deport em all

Santa Cruz, CA

#24 Apr 5, 2010
I don't really care about parsing it. If the alien is illegal...deport him/her and their entire illegal family. This loophole of dropping anchors in a foreign land (ours) and it is auto-citizen just has to be closed.

Our legitimacy as a nation is that we are a country of laws. There is no reward for pursuing a life here as a law violator, cheat and thief.

Deport the illegals. Prosecute the people that pay their way here.

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