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Texas: Anti-Drug Politician Arrested by DEA for Marijuana Trafficking (BTW he's a Democrat)
The Daily Chronic ^ | 2/24/2012 | Thomas H. Clarke

Posted on 02/25/2012 1:52:35 PM PST by Beave Meister

EL PASO, TX — A critical opponent of drug law reform in Texas has been indicted on charges of trafficking 50 kilograms of marijuana and money laundering.

El Paso County Commissioner Guillermo “Willie” Gandara Jr., 37, who is currently a Democratic candidate for the Texas legislature, along with Juan Canales, 50, were arrested late Wednesday night following a multi-agency investigation that included the DEA and FBI.

A federal grand jury indictment charges the defendants with one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 50 kilograms or more of marijuana, and one count of possession with intent to distribute marijuana. The indictment also charges Gandara with three counts of maintaining property for the distribution of marijuana.

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TOPICS: Chit/Chat
KEYWORDS: corruption; dea; democrats; drugcartel; drugs; elpaso; fbi; fraud; immigration; liberals; marijuana; mexico; money; moneylaundering; obama; texas; wod; wodlist; wosd
Imagine that.....Que up Claude Rains photo as Captain Renault from the movie Casablanca...in 3..2..1...
1 posted on 02/25/2012 1:52:54 PM PST by Beave Meister
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To: Beave Meister

“Willie” Gandara Jr. has already filed campaign papers in Washington DC for the next mayoral race.


2 posted on 02/25/2012 1:57:09 PM PST by kingu (Everything starts with slashing the size and scope of the federal government.)
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To: Beave Meister

As the Tammany Hall boys say “He saw his chances (for campaign finance) and he took ‘em”.


3 posted on 02/25/2012 1:57:17 PM PST by fella ("As it was before Noah, so shall it be again.")
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To: fella

He probably has Holder’s call phone number on his speed dial..Juan Canales will be a free man in a less than 30 minutes.


4 posted on 02/25/2012 2:01:12 PM PST by Beave Meister (Die Hard Cubs Fan.....if it takes forever.)
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To: Beave Meister

“Throughout his political career, Gandara has taken a hard-line anti-drug stance. In September, he told the El Paso Times he thought drug legalization was a bad idea for the country.

“Legalizing drugs is the coward practice of combating cartels, it is an insult to our men and women in law enforcement, and the laziest form of parenting our children and youth about the effects of drugs,” he said.”

Exactly why we need to legalize marijuana.


5 posted on 02/25/2012 2:04:08 PM PST by Downinthedixie (ABO)
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To: Downinthedixie

Yes, I imagine drug dealers are very much opposed to drug legalization too.


6 posted on 02/25/2012 2:10:16 PM PST by MetaThought
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To: Downinthedixie

Nearly everyone in America knows someone whose life was altered as a result of the illegal herb.
Pretty stupid but you have to know there be a whole lot of folks making a living due to it being illegal.
Drug rehab.
Parole officers.
Prison guards.
drug school.
Juidges, and a whole lot of pond scum otherwise known as lawyers.
Dealers and cartel associates.
Course you could levalize it, allow the public to maybe grow three plants for personal consumption and in one fell swoop pull the plug on narco cartels.


7 posted on 02/25/2012 2:10:25 PM PST by Joe Boucher ((FUBO) Hey Mitt, F-you too pal)
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To: Joe Boucher

That solution is too obvious.

Here’s an interesting read for yall:

http://www.drugwarrant.com/articles/why-is-marijuana-illegal/


8 posted on 02/25/2012 2:12:08 PM PST by Downinthedixie (ABO)
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To: Joe Boucher

Don’t forget the DEA, weed is probably the biggest target for them...


9 posted on 02/25/2012 2:12:24 PM PST by MetaThought
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To: Beave Meister

Long history of drug smuggling and corrupt officials in the El Paso area......http://charlesraisch.com/Chagra.htm


10 posted on 02/25/2012 2:29:33 PM PST by csmusaret (I have kleptomania, but when it gets too bad I take something.)
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To: Downinthedixie

I’m like those in the video !

I have no clue WHY!

Must be because the government has brainwashed me to believe it is bad!

Problem is...I smoke cigarettes so what would I know?


11 posted on 02/25/2012 2:36:34 PM PST by Randy Larsen (No Romney vote from my family!)
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To: Beave Meister
do I really have to say it???

12 posted on 02/25/2012 2:52:52 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Chode

Too funny.


13 posted on 02/25/2012 3:01:13 PM PST by Beave Meister (Die Hard Cubs Fan.....if it takes forever.)
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To: Beave Meister

This a great day at FR. So far, I’m learning that the Climate Change crowd are liars, that Ben & Jerry’s are racists and now that a drug war opponent is knee-deep in ganja.

I can’t wait to scroll down and see what’s next!


14 posted on 02/25/2012 3:06:16 PM PST by OrangeHoof (Obama: The Dr. Kevorkian of the American economy.)
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To: Beave Meister

It makes sense. Drug law reform would reduce the profitability of his business. No hypocrisy there.


15 posted on 02/25/2012 3:21:42 PM PST by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's "Economics In One Lesson.")
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To: Beave Meister

Juan Canales—sounds Amish.


16 posted on 02/25/2012 3:23:29 PM PST by TribalPrincess2U (NOT VOTING gets 0bamao re-elected. 0bamao's ANTI-TRUTH & SPIN TEAM is again on the move.)
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To: Downinthedixie
Exactly why we need to legalize marijuana.

Exactly.

This guy had a damn good reason to keep it illegal.

17 posted on 02/25/2012 3:31:46 PM PST by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: Joe Boucher
Pretty stupid but you have to know there be a whole lot of folks making a living due to it being illegal. Drug rehab. Parole officers. Prison guards. drug school. Juidges, and a whole lot of pond scum otherwise known as lawyers. Dealers and cartel associates.

Ya forgot BIG PHARMA

The WOD is a 100% corrupt government racket, which only grows the size of government at all levels, giving them more control and power.

Legalizing pot alone, and you could eliminate hundreds of thousands of cops and their lottery style pensions, which are literally choking off the private sector.

18 posted on 02/25/2012 3:38:40 PM PST by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: dragnet2

Multitudes of spinnoffs that make money as a result of marijuana being illegal.
Always fun to watch a bad cop throw down a baggie of poor quality cannibus to make his or her quota. Thus destroying a kids opportunities.
But hey, we’re talking money money money money here, not kids lives.


19 posted on 02/25/2012 3:47:45 PM PST by Joe Boucher ((FUBO) Hey Mitt, F-you too pal)
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To: Joe Boucher

Yes, huge amounts of government employment are dependent on keep drugs like marijuana illegal. Our predecessors were much smarter than us, they recognized and eliminated the failure of alcohol prohibition less than 10 years after it started.

Today, failed policy persists for decades - the drug war, the war on poverty and the welfare state, affirmative action, immigration, car pool lanes to name some. All failed policies that few even think about, let alone question.

USA people have become fat and mentally lazy from decades of affluence and television.


20 posted on 02/25/2012 4:22:57 PM PST by wrencher
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To: dragnet2
This guy had a damn good reason to keep it illegal.

Can he be charged with anti-monopoly laws? ;^)

21 posted on 02/25/2012 4:29:06 PM PST by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: Joe Boucher
Government has created a massive industry for their WOD costing tax payers tens of hundreds of billions to run their ever controlling WOD machine.

But did ya notice anyone can buy drugs anywhere?

What a farce.

They keep the borders wide open intentionally, for the cheap labor their corrupt big biz constituents want, all while arresting, fining, and seizing assets of those fish they do net...As they line their courts with more cash registers than a super Walmart. It's a fatgov dream come true.

22 posted on 02/25/2012 4:33:43 PM PST by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: Joe Boucher
Multitudes of spinnoffs that make money as a result of marijuana being illegal.

Including the "Medical Marijuana" business. It would be no business at all if not for FedMob pot laws.

23 posted on 02/25/2012 5:04:20 PM PST by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: wrencher
Our predecessors were much smarter than us, they recognized and eliminated the failure of alcohol prohibition less than 10 years after it started.

Be interesting to know what percentage of drug war supporters are graduates of our publik skools.

24 posted on 02/27/2012 10:18:44 AM PST by JustSayNoToNannies (A free society's default policy: it's none of government's business.)
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