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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sonny

San Jose, CA

#103 Apr 8, 2010
everyone is so shocked the sentence went from life to 3yrs. the case took 7+ years in court and a total of 17 with investigation and they still couldnt find the man "guilty beyond reasonable doubt"...how bout this, any chance the guy may just be plain innocent!?!?!?
Riiiiight

Alviso, CA

#104 Apr 8, 2010
sonny wrote:
everyone is so shocked the sentence went from life to 3yrs. the case took 7+ years in court and a total of 17 with investigation and they still couldnt find the man "guilty beyond reasonable doubt"...how bout this, any chance the guy may just be plain innocent!?!?!?
So are you the daughter, wife, or what?
JJRollins

Marina, CA

#105 Apr 9, 2010
sonny wrote:
everyone is so shocked the sentence went from life to 3yrs. the case took 7+ years in court and a total of 17 with investigation and they still couldnt find the man "guilty beyond reasonable doubt"...how bout this, any chance the guy may just be plain innocent!?!?!?
Hahahaha, that is the funniest thing I've heard in a while. It is said that trained professionals couldn't prove something that was so obvious. Even with drug dealers you just have to get too big to fail.
jazmama

Boulder Creek, CA

#106 Apr 9, 2010
JohnGalt wrote:
Paint that yellow store on Mission St. with black stripes so anyone passing by will be reminded that the owner is where he belongs.
After driving past this store for so many years, I finally understand why it has managed to stay open ...
sonny

Watsonville, CA

#107 Apr 21, 2010
Riiiiight wrote:
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So are you the daughter, wife, or what?
who ever i am i know how hard this man worked for what he has. i wasnt with him 24/7/365 or holding his hand but the few times i was i grew to respect him to the date for who he was. everyone is entitled to there opinion as shown on this long thread and i respect that. it is what it is....
The best part

Long Beach, CA

#108 Apr 23, 2010
The best part wrote:
So the best is yet to come? We are meant to be deterring future drug and money laundering operations with these little panty-pat punishments? Please. Now just sit back and watch twenty times the illegal foreign-based activity move in since the risk is milder than La Victoria salsa, and there are good green gringo profits to be had. It's like gophers, get'em good right away or your lawn will be full of holes.
I've thought about my comment and now I realize that by taking out the local jefes, even with weak convictions, they may get a chance to bust 20 underlings as they poke their heads up, thus demonstrating they are 'getting the job done'. Alternatively, they secretly got info from these people about higher ups, in which case they really would be doing their jobs. Getting the real bosses south of the border would indeed be an accomplishment.
wxg

Lafayette, CA

#109 Apr 23, 2010
Fighting Mad wrote:
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Years ago, I noticed the same kind of reaction when I went into the Hispanic market that used to be across from the Safeway at Almar and Mission. The store was where the Thai restaurant is now. The place had almost no stock on the shelves. The proprietors made it clear that I (clearly not Hispanic) was on foreign territory and not welcome. The bar next door to the store was Il Salvadoreno, and catered exclusively to one crowd. There were things going on in that little business strip that were not above board. I was glad when the businesses closed down.
Right down the street from there where the Thai restaurant is now, there used to be a Mexican Restaurant. It was nothing but a cover for drug trafficking. After a police informant was murdered over at the apartments on Columbia Street the Mexican restaurant finally closed.
calixtro

Millbrae, CA

#110 Jul 16, 2010
its not fair what they do here in the
Ijole

Orange Park, FL

#111 Jul 28, 2010
i wonder if patty vasquez is running the markets now
Ijole

Orange Park, FL

#112 Jul 28, 2010
Yes He has two other daughters that are not named Patty and the yonger of the three are not named cant remember her name.
357 Ready

San Ramon, CA

#113 Jul 29, 2010
Wow!! So does this guy think that just because his lawyer said he didn't snitch, his higher ups south of the border will believe that?? I think of I were him, I'd be having someone else start my escalade. You know, someone who doesn't matter if they get blown to bits.
el d1 vazquez

Tijuana, Mexico

#114 Jul 30, 2010
lo estaremos esperamos cuando salga tio
What

Santa Cruz, CA

#115 Aug 2, 2010
sonny wrote:
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who ever i am i know how hard this man worked for what he has. i wasnt with him 24/7/365 or holding his hand but the few times i was i grew to respect him to the date for who he was. everyone is entitled to there opinion as shown on this long thread and i respect that. it is what it is....
Worked hard? drug dealing is working hard? He might have worked hard at some points but those of us that work honest are the ones that work hard our entire lives, we do not take the easy way out. Any jerk can make money dealing. You respect those that are honest, hard working, give back to their communities, and do not deal or put the lives of children at risk. Your statements are idiotic, I admire my parents who worked, paid off their home, saved and are on the verge of retirement without having to burden their children. They are my heroes, they are to be admired.
exactly

Watsonville, CA

#116 Aug 28, 2010
Just like that lawsuit against the energy companies for gouging Californians.

Big money gets away with being crooks in our country. All it takes is the right politician in the right place. That is how we got stuck with Arnold!

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