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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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Follow the money

Santa Cruz, CA

#25 Apr 5, 2010
You are being monitored wrote:
you have been warned

United States

#26 Apr 5, 2010
Vasquez-Robles' attorney, Paul Meltzer of Santa Cruz, said federal prosecutors "correctly concluded they could not prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt."

"At the end of the day, despite all of the allegations, Mr. Vasquez was never found in possession of any drugs whatsoever," he said. "So, after eight years of litigation, we're pleased to resolve the case on these terms."

17 years of our tax dollars at work!!
Follow the money

Santa Cruz, CA

#27 Apr 5, 2010
Charles Bronson wrote:
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!
AHhh, the Salvadorian market. I wouldn't eat the ground meat.

Danville, CA

#28 Apr 6, 2010
Heard stories about the Esperanza market being a little shady now its confirmed. I bet this guy has a mansion in mexico and in many other places around the world. Hell be back on the strees in 3 years making money again. They should make this into a movie.
Santa Cruz for 41 years

Santa Cruz, CA

#29 Apr 6, 2010
I love Paul Meltzer!!!!!!!!!! and I am not kidding or being sarcastic!!! I love that guy, what a law genius. Go Paul.
hippie SC

Santa Cruz, CA

#30 Apr 6, 2010
YAY!!!!!!!!!! get that jackass off the street..take his family too.
black magic

San Jose, CA

#31 Apr 6, 2010
I bet the market gets more business because of the money laundrin. All the Mexicans will support that illigal behavior. Some of that money has for sure touched the lives back in Mexico
Malcolm Kyle

Amsterdam, Netherlands

#33 Apr 8, 2010
So how much did this all cost, and what difference has it really made?

No amount of money, police powers, weaponry, wishful thinking or pseudo-science will make our streets safer; only an end to prohibition can do that. How much longer are you willing to foolishly risk your own survival by continuing to ignore the obvious, historically confirmed solution?

If you support prohibition then you've helped trigger the worst crime wave in history.

If you support prohibition you've a helped create a black market with massive incentives to hook both adults and children alike.

If you support prohibition you've helped to make these dangerous substances available in schools and prisons.

If you support prohibition you've helped raise gang warfare to a level not seen since the days of alcohol bootlegging.

If you support prohibition you've helped create the prison-for-profit synergy with drug lords.

If you support prohibition you've helped remove many important civil liberties from those citizens you falsely claim to represent.

If you support prohibition you've helped put previously unknown and contaminated drugs on the streets.

If you support prohibition you've helped to escalate Theft, Muggings and Burglaries.

If you support prohibition you've helped to divert scarce law-enforcement resources away from protecting your fellow citizens from the ever escalating violence against their person or property.

If you support prohibition you've helped overcrowd the courts and prisons, thus making it increasingly impossible to curtail the people who are hurting and terrorizing others.

If you support prohibition you've helped evolve local gangs into transnational enterprises with intricate power structures that reach into every corner of society, controlling vast swaths of territory with significant social and military resources at their disposal.

United States

#34 Apr 8, 2010
they got off easy

Brentwood, CA

#39 Nov 26, 2010
nose alegren que este compa quedo con mas de mil millones de dolares que gosara muy pronto con su fam y con nuevo record como todo un siudadano mientras tu y llo trabajaremos toda la vida poir 600 o 1000- dls ala semana como ben

Visalia, CA

#40 Feb 7, 2011
Hey, this guy's from close to where my family is from in Mexico. The fact of the matter is they never caught him with any drugs. You have a bunch of informants--criminals trying their best to get their sentences reduced--, "cooperating" with the government.

From the little I know about this guy, is that he has spread his wealth around by helping people through out the state open up their own businesses. So this, "evil" money has found a way to become legitimate and contribute to some of the services--via taxes-- you maggots enjoy on a daily basis. ha ha

Im glad he didnt get his stores taken away. At least now he can pay back the cost he's endured on the tax payers.

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