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Article Alleges Dodgers Star Yasiel Puig Dealt With Smugglers, Drug Cartel In Escape From Cuba ^ | April 15, 2014 5:08 PM

Posted on 04/15/2014 6:28:02 PM PDT by BenLurkin

LOS ANGELES ( — The security of Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig may be in question after an article emerged with a number of surprising claims regarding his escape from Cuba to the United States.

The article is authored Jesse Katz, who says he has spent months researching the past of the young phenom-ballplayer, which has included a number of trips to Cuba.

While the story of Puig’s escape from Cuba was already known to have involved his interception and capture by the United States Coast Guard, his return to Cuba, and his subsequent imprisonment, Katz’ article, which is due to appear in Los Angeles Magazine in May, alleges the inclusion of smugglers.

“He knew he was dealing with smugglers, there is no other way to get off the island than to deal with smugglers,” Katz said. “We didn’t know much about him. Now we see him, (and) kind of how he deals with pressure, and the kinds of risks that he’s willing to take.”

Katz article highlights the name of Miami resident and air conditioning repairman/recycler Raul Pacheco, who reportedly has a record of attempted burglary and of using fake IDs.

Katz further alleges that Pechaco had agreed to pay the smugglers $250,000 upon Puig’s safe arrival in Mexico, with the belief that Puig had allegedly agreed to pay Pacheco 20% of his earnings.

However, Katz says the smugglers never received there money, and that they applied a “Non-payment” penalty of $15,000 to $20,000 per day.

The penalty period, which is said to have lasted 29 days, resulted in Puig being held captive in a low-key Mexican hotel.

That, according to Katz, is when the involvement of a Mexican drug cartel materialized.

“The smugglers, again, are not the cartel; I want to be clear about that. Yasiel is a layer or two removed from that, but the smugglers, they have to deal with the cartel,” Katz said.

Puig, who signed a 7-year, $42 million with the Los Angeles Dodgers in June 2012, would owe quite a sum to the parties involved in his defection from Cuba, according to the standards of Katz’ article.

“According to the court documents, he’s payed 1.3 million dollars to those folks already, and (he) presumably owes them more,” Katz said.

Katz’ story proceeds to include a smuggler, known only as Leo, who is said to have wanted more money from Puig’s camp.

“Leo turned up dead,” Katz said. “He was shot 13 times in a sort of upscale district of Cancun.”

With Katz’ article, a number of security personnel are considering the possibility of a potential risk factor — presented by these claims of dealings with potentially dangerous individuals — to the safety of fans at Dodger Stadium.

“We don’t discuss out security details relative to individuals,” LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said. “But, we will take whatever steps necessary.”

Katz, meanwhile, says that, while he believes the idea of a solid risk to fans at Dodger Stadium is minimal, he considers it a possibility.

“The idea that Dodger fans, or Dodger teammates, would be in any kind of imminent harm, I find that as a little bit farfetched. But, you know, he did do business with some really unsavory characters, and one of them is dead.”

TOPICS: Sports
Anyone who remembers the questions around the true identity of Fernando Valenzuela won't be surprised if the Dodges are involved in a dodgy deal.
1 posted on 04/15/2014 6:28:02 PM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin

This is very serious if any of this is true.

If Puig somehow was involved with these criminals to arrange an escape from Cuba, and they want payback, watch out.

And considering Puig signed that huge contract, these guys are after a big payday.

2 posted on 04/15/2014 6:35:21 PM PDT by Dilbert San Diego (Im)
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To: BenLurkin

Puig acts like a pig.

3 posted on 04/15/2014 6:37:18 PM PDT by windcliff
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To: BenLurkin

OH this is big story in SO CAL deal with human smuggling drug cartels and possiblty that drug dealers want piece of Pulig big contract too also

It is crazy story coming out one of Local LA magazines

4 posted on 04/15/2014 6:39:21 PM PDT by SevenofNine (We are Freepers, all your media bases belong to us ,resistance is futile)
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To: BenLurkin
$42mil/7 yr contract for an outfielder.

For that kind of money it probably p*sses Magic off no end his investment keeps missing practice.

5 posted on 04/15/2014 6:40:37 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: skeeter

Miguel Cabrera makes almost $80,000 per day but at least he shows up and can play multiple positions.

6 posted on 04/15/2014 7:12:36 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: BenLurkin; Gamecock; F15Eagle

It may have gone down something like this.


GEORGE: You wanted to see me, El Presidente?

CASTRO: Si, si. Come here. I understand you are very interested in one of our players, eh?

GEORGE: Si, si.

CASTRO: Ordinarily I would not grant such a request but I’ve heard you are, uh, how you say, Communista simpatico, eh?

GEORGE: Muy sumpatico. Muy muy muy.

CASTRO: Well good, then you can have your pick.

GEORGE: Oh, oh!

CASTRO: They will play for your Yankees.

GEORGE: Oh well, gracias El Commandante, gracias. Muy muy.

CASTRO: And I would be honored if you would be my guest for dinner tonight at the Presidential palace. There will be girls there and, I hear, some pretty good food. Of course the problem with parties is you invariably have to eat standing up which I don’t care for but on the other hand I don’t like to balance a plate on my lap either. Once when I was at a party, I put my plate on someone’s piano. I assure you, if I had not been a dictator, I would not have been able to get away with that one.

7 posted on 04/15/2014 7:18:23 PM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: BenLurkin

The reporter for this free newspaper is a sensationalist hack who already has blood on his hands.

8 posted on 04/15/2014 7:24:08 PM PDT by Rome2000
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To: All

Deport him!


9 posted on 04/16/2014 12:51:01 AM PDT by Rodney Dangerfield (Has any President in history sunk to such a level of self-flattery & validation-seeking?)
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