DEA: Bust rids Puerto Rico of 'most hard-core' traffickers - CNN - 09/07/10

Jul 10, 2010 Full story: edition.cnn.com 64

Photo: Drug ring leaders, suppliers, supervisors, runners and sellers were indicted in the massive operation.

By the CNN Wire Staff

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

Biggest drug trafficking arrest-operation ever conducted on Puerto Rico, officials say

More than 500 U.S. drug agents and Puerto Rican police were involved 158 people are indicted on drug- and gun-related charges

If convicted, defendants would face up to life in prison, $4 million in fines

(CNN) -- A sweeping drug bust in Puerto Rico involving more than 500 U.S. drug agents and Puerto Rican police early Friday is being described by officials as the biggest drug trafficking arrest/operation ever conducted on the Caribbean island.

"This ... massive operation rid the west coast of Puerto Rico of the most hard-core and violent traffickers terrorizing this part of the Island," said Javier F. Pena, special agent in charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration's Caribbean Division, in a joint statement released by that agency and the Department of Justice.

In the statement, authorities announced that a federal grand jury indicted 158 people -- including drug ring leaders, suppliers, supervisors, runners and sellers -- as a result of the joint investigation. The defendants are charged in three different indictments with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute heroin, crack, cocaine and marijuana, as well as conspiracy to possess firearms during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime, the statement said.

If convicted, the defendants would face a minimum of 10 years in prison and a maximum of life imprisonment, with fines of up to $4 million.

Many of the arrests were made at a public housing complex near schools and sport facilities where officials expect some 300,000 visitors and 600 athletes from about 33 countries for the Central American and Caribbean Games, according to the statement. The games start July 17 in Mayaguez.

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Jorge

Bayamon, Puerto Rico

#1 Jul 10, 2010
Should Puerto Rico follow the steps of Arizona?

Jorge

The territory is an open border free for all.
TPMP 35

Brooklyn, NY

#2 Jul 10, 2010
Just cleaning up for the games!.... That's all! they want to knock the operation from on top down so their underlings cannot regroup in time for the games., or two hrm the west coast at all and have it squeaky clean once all the Latin foreigners come into town.

You know, we wouldn't want any of those athletes getting caught up in any small possession scandal.

It would ruin the images of the Puerto Rico as well as spoil the latin worlds focused attention on the Central American Games.

I'm sure after the games are long over. Things will be back to usual on the west coast. Especially Mayuaguez.

Unfortunately!

That won't change until the Feds seriously adress this national plague all of the U.S is experiencing.

TPMP 35
TPMP 35

Brooklyn, NY

#3 Jul 10, 2010
Correction: They, harm, Mayaguez, address
TPMP 35

Brooklyn, NY

#4 Jul 10, 2010
Correction: Puerto Rico
Dave Lopes

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#5 Jul 10, 2010
I do hope they clean it up permanently.
TPMP 35

Brooklyn, NY

#6 Jul 10, 2010
Dave Lopes wrote:
I do hope they clean it up permanently.
So do i my friend........ So do i!

There is an area in Mayaguez that is NOTORIOUS for its bad reputation. It has been for decades. I think it's called Candelaria something or the other., not even the police veture into there. Rarely.

Well. that's probably changed with this bust.

Hopefully, this wiil help the West coast tourism and their whole "Porta del Sol" Campaign which has largely been confined to Ricon, Anasco, and Cabo Rojo/ Boqueron area.

Perhaps, they can encourage tourism in Mayaguez now for shopping and sightseeing as well.

They have a chance now to generate further revenue with the cleaned up image. Hopefully, they can keep it clean and this will contribute to better the quality odf life of its residents.

TPMP 35
TPMP 35

Brooklyn, NY

#7 Jul 10, 2010
Correction: Rincon
Dennis algarin

Georgetown, TX

#8 Jul 10, 2010
take 158 drug dealers off the street and 158 more will pop up in a few days. thats the nature of the
drug business, its a trillion dollar a yr business,
how are we to stop it? if we can't stop wall street,
how are we to stop the drug trade?

Since: Jun 09

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#9 Jul 10, 2010
I thing U.Y. is a drug kingpin wanted by the DEA. What elses would he be doing in PR complaining so much all of the time? LOL.
HairyGuy

Anaheim, CA

#10 Jul 10, 2010
Jorge wrote:
Should Puerto Rico follow the steps of Arizona?
Jorge
The territory is an open border free for all.
Jorge,

How would it be enforced since it's an Island?

Since: Jun 09

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#11 Jul 10, 2010
Prexplorer wrote:
I thing U.Y. is a drug kingpin wanted by the DEA. What elses would he be doing in PR complaining so much all of the time? LOL.
I think....

Since: Dec 08

Location hidden

#12 Jul 11, 2010
Prexplorer wrote:
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I think....
The only thing you are capable of doing is personal insults based on inaccurate information. Life must be horrible for you. You spend all time being jealous of others and insulting them. Instead of having your own goals and accomplishments, you fail in your miserable attempts to degrade others. What a sad, miserabl person. He can't even write a paragraph worth reading and is intensely jealous of a Topix member who wrote a book.

Since: Jun 09

Location hidden

#13 Jul 11, 2010
Upfront Yankee wrote:
<quoted text>
The only thing you are capable of doing is personal insults based on inaccurate information. Life must be horrible for you. You spend all time being jealous of others and insulting them. Instead of having your own goals and accomplishments, you fail in your miserable attempts to degrade others. What a sad, miserabl person. He can't even write a paragraph worth reading and is intensely jealous of a Topix member who wrote a book.
Look in the mirror, this post accurately describes YOU! You are the worst troll on this forum. LOL
Dave Lopes

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#14 Jul 11, 2010
Upfront Yankee wrote:
<quoted text>
The only thing you are capable of doing is personal insults based on inaccurate information. Life must be horrible for you. You spend all time being jealous of others and insulting them. Instead of having your own goals and accomplishments, you fail in your miserable attempts to degrade others. What a sad, miserabl person. He can't even write a paragraph worth reading and is intensely jealous of a Topix member who wrote a book.
In order to opine Have you read it?

If he wrote just a book that would be no problem, but he wrote and anti Puerto Rico book full of lies, hate and deception......Is that ok by you?
TJM

Paw Paw, MI

#15 Jul 11, 2010
Dave Lopes wrote:
<quoted text>In order to opine Have you read it?
If he wrote just a book that would be no problem, but he wrote and anti Puerto Rico book full of lies, hate and deception......Is that ok by you?
And you Dave just proved to me that you never read the book. The book is based on one mans experiences living in the island. If the island is so great as you say it is, then why are there so many people hating Puerto Ricans, and most of the polls on Topix shows that Puerto Ricans really are not that great.

You never read PUERTO RICO: Land of Lost Dreams

for awhile I was even more Pro Puerto Rican than many of my friends were. But the way the people are, as others on Topix say that Puerto Ricans are mean and rude/arrogant, did change me.

Bash the ones who say the samething of what I wrote. Why you hate me is because the book is printed for all people, present, and future to read. What do you have to offer?

Since: Jun 09

Location hidden

#16 Jul 11, 2010
TJM wrote:
<quoted text>
And you Dave just proved to me that you never read the book. The book is based on one mans experiences living in the island. If the island is so great as you say it is, then why are there so many people hating Puerto Ricans, and most of the polls on Topix shows that Puerto Ricans really are not that great.
You never read PUERTO RICO: Land of Lost Dreams
for awhile I was even more Pro Puerto Rican than many of my friends were. But the way the people are, as others on Topix say that Puerto Ricans are mean and rude/arrogant, did change me.
Bash the ones who say the samething of what I wrote. Why you hate me is because the book is printed for all people, present, and future to read. What do you have to offer?
"...then why are there so many people hating Puerto Ricans, and most of the polls on Topix shows that Puerto Ricans really are not that great."

The greatest 'hater' of Puerto Ricans here is YOU, demonstrated by your complicity with those "people" and your consistently referring to Puerto Ricans as "stupid" "morons" "idiots" "pigs", etc. You have very well stated your purpose in writing your silly account of one man's pilgrimage is to "destroy Puerto Rico slowly".

http://www.topix.com/forum/world/puerto-rico/...

Your absurd rantings and off-the-wall comments on these threads clearly indicate your lack of common sense, credibility and sound perspective. You have been backed into a corner repeatedly with responsible sound reasoning, logic and hardcore data. You often choose to remain silent when you are in your little corner of the world. So based on the preceding, why would anyone read something so poorly written and utterly ridiculous?
Dave Lopes

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#17 Jul 11, 2010
TJM wrote:
<quoted text>
And you Dave just proved to me that you never read the book. The book is based on one mans experiences living in the island. If the island is so great as you say it is, then why are there so many people hating Puerto Ricans, and most of the polls on Topix shows that Puerto Ricans really are not that great.
You never read PUERTO RICO: Land of Lost Dreams
for awhile I was even more Pro Puerto Rican than many of my friends were. But the way the people are, as others on Topix say that Puerto Ricans are mean and rude/arrogant, did change me.
Bash the ones who say the samething of what I wrote. Why you hate me is because the book is printed for all people, present, and future to read. What do you have to offer?
I will never buy nor read your book nor give support to your much hate and anti Puerto Rican sentiments. Like I've said you are a loser and I rather read the books of winners not of whiners.
TJM

Paw Paw, MI

#18 Jul 11, 2010
Dave Lopes wrote:
<quoted text>I will never buy nor read your book nor give support to your much hate and anti Puerto Rican sentiments. Like I've said you are a loser and I rather read the books of winners not of whiners.
thank God you live in the USA and are given that right to such freedoms Dave.
TJM

Paw Paw, MI

#19 Jul 11, 2010
Prexplorer wrote:
<quoted text>
"...then why are there so many people hating Puerto Ricans, and most of the polls on Topix shows that Puerto Ricans really are not that great."
The greatest 'hater' of Puerto Ricans here is YOU, demonstrated by your complicity with those "people" and your consistently referring to Puerto Ricans as "stupid" "morons" "idiots" "pigs", etc. You have very well stated your purpose in writing your silly account of one man's pilgrimage is to "destroy Puerto Rico slowly".
http://www.topix.com/forum/world/puerto-rico/...
Your absurd rantings and off-the-wall comments on these threads clearly indicate your lack of common sense, credibility and sound perspective. You have been backed into a corner repeatedly with responsible sound reasoning, logic and hardcore data. You often choose to remain silent when you are in your little corner of the world. So based on the preceding, why would anyone read something so poorly written and utterly ridiculous?
I have in the past responded to your comments and lies about me and the book. I hope too now keep that to a minimum since all you do is insult, not just me, but anyone personally if they don't agree with your ''bunk''.
Dennis algarin

Georgetown, TX

#20 Jul 11, 2010
why do you keep coming back to this forum TJM? I mean
you hate Puerto Ricans and Puerto Rico so much. why
do you come back time after time. you must be one of
those people who likes punishment.

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