Owner of Esperanza markets will see p...

Owner of Esperanza markets will see prison time

There are 94 comments on the Santa Cruz Sentinel story from Apr 6, 2010, titled Owner of Esperanza markets will see prison time. In it, Santa Cruz Sentinel reports that:

In 1993, federal authorities found a secret passage running under the border from Tijuana, Mexico, into southern San Diego County.

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Santa Cruzan

Santa Cruz, CA

#1 Apr 6, 2010
After all this time and it is basically a hand slap. Wonder who they paid off?

Fairfax, VA

#2 Apr 6, 2010
Why do we even bother. If this is our law enforcement, we are wasting our money. Once again, the judicial system is broken.

Bella Vista, AR

#3 Apr 6, 2010
98 million in bank transactions....who knew

Santa Cruz, CA

#5 Apr 6, 2010
A slap on the hand. Don't let your dog poop anywhere or be caught driving talking on your cell or get a DUI. They all but lock you up for good. Don't you love America???????? We need to take our country back.

United States

#7 Apr 6, 2010
A small time drug pusher gets more time in prison then major drug pushers. Why? Our Judicial System shows favoritism to people with money,as our corrupt officials in the White House and Wall Street. Money talks. And we wonder why there is so much drugs in our Country,major drug pushers are not punished.

Since: Feb 08

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#8 Apr 6, 2010
America..always very, very good to me...Took forever to put this together for the Feds..and once again the bad guys win. This guys more than likely got enough money stashed around the area to last him and his Posse for the rest of their lives...Johnny at the Harbor, Amazed.
get it yet

Union City, CA

#10 Apr 6, 2010
Miscalculated his taxes by over Five million dollars? Graft, corruption, heaped upon more graft and corruption.

Since: May 08

Santa Cruz, CA

#11 Apr 6, 2010
So when he gets out of prison, will he and his family be deported?

Or will the proper authorities be paid off?
Not Again

Soquel, CA

#12 Apr 6, 2010
...and all the King's horses and all the King's men could not put the U.S. Judicial system together again. Sad.

Palo Alto, CA

#13 Apr 6, 2010
Sounds like a Latin version of Mr Nice

Gilroy, CA

#14 Apr 6, 2010
when are all the Watsonville based Mexican politicians who Javier supported over the years going to get indicted? Interesting how some are currently running for office! Oh wait, those are topics we shouldn't bring to light....LOL

Daly City, CA

#15 Apr 6, 2010
No wonder their vodka was always so cheap.


Since: Jan 10

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#16 Apr 6, 2010
no pot ? wellsfargo should be fined 50 milllion!

Seligman, AZ

#17 Apr 6, 2010
I hope they don't close the markets. Best burritos anywhere.

United States

#18 Apr 6, 2010
Paint that yellow store on Mission St. with black stripes so anyone passing by will be reminded that the owner is where he belongs.
It Took

United States

#20 Apr 6, 2010
9 years? 9 Years? One more time, 9 Years????

San Francisco, CA

#22 Apr 6, 2010
And we wonder why we continue to have drug problems and gang problems???? This guy is a MAJOR drug mover and money launderer here in Watsonville! His ENTIRE family is involved! But I guess its true what they say, Money buys you Freedom in this country!(or anywhere else for that matter.)

Daly City, CA

#25 Apr 6, 2010
"If you commit an aggravated felony," she said, "you are deportable."

It should say you are DEPORTED. This case here demonstrates all the problems that have evolved in our legal system.

Since: Jun 09

San Jose, CA

#26 Apr 6, 2010
This is why the FBI shouldn't be allowed to conduct criminal investigations. Leave it to the state and local cops. The feds should pour all the money they wasted into the states and just stand there and look pretty. That's what they are good at. 98 MILLION?!?!?! I've been in those stores bunches of times. They were NEVER busy.
Eee hoe lay

United States

#29 Apr 6, 2010
The shame is knowingly selling BAD EVIL drugs to people for money and then those users' lives can get messed up.

Don't do Drugs that kill you

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