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Mexican Smuggler Sentenced For Dragging Man to Death - (Houston,TX; smuggler demanded $300 more!)
MENS NEWS DAILY.COM ^ | MAY 28, 2005 | JIM KOURI, CPP

Posted on 05/28/2005 7:41:55 PM PDT by CHARLITE

A convicted alien smuggler was sentenced April 14 to 12½ years in prison for dragging a man to death over a smuggling fee dispute last summer, following an investigation federal agents and local police in Houston, TX.

Rafael Garcia-Flores, 37, a Mexican national, had smuggled three illegal aliens into the United States in early July 2004. While collecting the fees for his smuggling services in the parking lot of a Houston shopping center, Garcia-Flores announced that the fee had increased from $1,500 to $1,800.

In an argument that ensued over the $300 discrepancy, Garcia-Flores brandished a pistol and then accelerated his vehicle. When he did so, Jose Santos Lopez-Mejia, the brother of one of the smuggled aliens, was dragged across the parking lot and onto the freeway. When the vehicle crashed to a stop, Jose Santos Lopez-Mejia was thrown into a retention wall.

Garcia-Flores fled the scene on foot, but was apprehended by a security guard at a nearby supermarket. Jose Santos Lopez-Mejia was later transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents and Houston Police Department officers apprehended three illegal aliens at the scene. Jimy Lopez-Mejia, Henry Reyes-Martinez and Leobel Benitez, all Honduran citizens, admitted they illegally entered the United States near the Rio Grande Valley. They also admitted they had been smuggled and then placed in a stash-house until they could be transported to their final destination of Houston, Texas.

The Houston Police Department and the Harris County Sheriff’s Office assisted ICE with the subsequent investigation. Garcia-Flores was convicted in January for aiding and abetting the transporting of undocumented aliens on July 6, 2004, and for being a felon and illegal alien in possession of a firearm.

ICE Deports Illegal Alien Wanted For Kidnapping 7-Year-Old Boy In an unrelated case, a 19-year-old man wanted by Mexican authorities for kidnapping a seven-year-old boy was deported March 23 by ICE detention and removal officers.

Jose Luis Alejandre-Geronima was deported under escort and turned over to the proper Mexican authorities. ICE and FBI special agents arrested Alejandre-Geronima in Charlotte, N.C., on Oct. 22, 2004. He admitted to being in the country illegally, and was subsequently placed in removal proceedings. An immigration judge ordered him removed from the country on Dec. 17, 2004.

“We will not provide a safe haven for criminals like Alejandre-Geronima,” said John A. Mata, Director of Field Operations for Detention and Removal Operations in Atlanta. “We are committed to restoring integrity to our nation’s immigration system by identifying and removing criminals.”

In Atlanta, ICE has arrested more than 500 criminal aliens since the beginning of Fiscal Year 2005.

Sources: US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, US Department of Homeland Security, National Association of Chiefs of Police

Jim Kouri, CPP is currently fifth vice-president of the National Association of Chiefs of Police. He's former chief at a New York City housing project in Washington Heights nicknamed "Crack City" by reporters covering the drug war in the 1980s. In addition, he served as director of public safety at a New Jersey university. He's also served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country. He writes for many police and crime magazines including Chief of Police, Police Times, The Narc Officer, Campus Law Enforcement Journal, and others. He's appeared as on-air commentator for over 100 TV and radio news and talk shows including Oprah, McLaughlin Report, CNN Headline News, MTV, Fox News, etc. His book Assume The Position is available at Amazon.Com, Booksamillion.com, and can be ordered at local bookstores.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; Philosophy; US: Texas; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: aliens; customs; dragging; enforcement; fees; houston; ice; illegal; immigrants; immigration; payments; smugglers; smuggling; texas; vehicle

1 posted on 05/28/2005 7:41:56 PM PDT by CHARLITE
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To: KylaStarr; Cindy; StillProud2BeFree; nw_arizona_granny; Velveeta; Dolphy; appalachian_dweller; ...

ping


2 posted on 05/28/2005 7:46:16 PM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: CHARLITE; Chgogal

Just updating my tagline...Thanks Char:)


3 posted on 05/28/2005 7:47:16 PM PDT by Cornpone (Who Dares Wins -- Defame Islam Today -- Tell the Truth About Muhammad)
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To: CHARLITE

That comes to about 3 illegal alien crooks a day.


4 posted on 05/28/2005 7:50:38 PM PDT by texastoo ("trash the treaties")
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To: Cornpone
"Rafael Garcia-Flores, 37, a Mexican national...."

A delightful creature. /s
5 posted on 05/28/2005 7:52:01 PM PDT by Chgogal (Pinging 72 virgins. Pinging 72 virgins.)
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To: Chgogal
Heheheheh...72 Virgins?
6 posted on 05/28/2005 7:54:13 PM PDT by Cornpone (Who Dares Wins -- Defame Islam Today -- Tell the Truth About Muhammad)
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To: Chgogal
On the First Day of Ramadan, Allah Gave to Me...But I had to wait till she was nine...
7 posted on 05/28/2005 7:59:25 PM PDT by Cornpone (Who Dares Wins -- Defame Islam Today -- Tell the Truth About Muhammad)
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To: CHARLITE
...12½ years in prison for dragging a man to death

I thought they had the death penalty in Texas for convicted murderers.

8 posted on 05/28/2005 8:00:42 PM PDT by Just A Nobody (I - L O V E - my attitude problem!)
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To: Cornpone

Where is that written?


9 posted on 05/28/2005 8:01:29 PM PDT by Chgogal (Pinging 72 virgins. Pinging 72 virgins.)
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To: Justanobody

I agree, 12 1/2 years for murder. Just read tonight where I guy in N. Carolina was released after 34 years for stealing a black and white TV. There is something really screwed up with the judicial system in this country.


10 posted on 05/28/2005 8:06:07 PM PDT by Americanexpat (A strong democracy through citizen oversight.)
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To: Chgogal
Karen Armstrong's the Life of Mohammad...Of course, its fully understandable once its but into the proper context...they hadn't invented the word pedophile 1400 years ago for disgusting dirt bags like Mohammad.
11 posted on 05/28/2005 8:06:43 PM PDT by Cornpone (Who Dares Wins -- Defame Islam Today -- Tell the Truth About Muhammad)
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To: Cornpone
I really appreciate your comments, cornpone. You're a "trooper!"..........always ready with something smart and clever in your arsenal of remarks!

Thanks for your spirited participation in various threads!

Char :)

12 posted on 05/28/2005 8:06:50 PM PDT by CHARLITE (I'd like to see Hillary and Bill Clinton GET REAL JOBS for once!)
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To: CHARLITE

It is unfortunate that these non-Mexican criminal illegal aliens simply don't understand how the costs of the folks who work for El Presidente Fox keep going up. The fine print on the agreements they signed before they left Honduras said (in Spanish, of course), "prices subject to change without notice."


13 posted on 05/28/2005 8:08:53 PM PDT by Tacis ( SEAL THE FRIGGEN BORDER!!!)
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To: CHARLITE
Hey Char...didn't mean to hijack your post...just got carried away:)
14 posted on 05/28/2005 8:09:19 PM PDT by Cornpone (Who Dares Wins -- Defame Islam Today -- Tell the Truth About Muhammad)
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To: Cornpone
You're always a winner, cornpone! :)
15 posted on 05/28/2005 8:13:08 PM PDT by CHARLITE (I'd like to see Hillary and Bill Clinton GET REAL JOBS for once!)
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To: Tacis
Examples of those we're attempting to keep south of the border


16 posted on 05/28/2005 8:15:14 PM PDT by CHARLITE (I'd like to see Hillary and Bill Clinton GET REAL JOBS for once!)
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To: Cornpone
You cannot defame Islam with the truth. If Karen Armstrong's the "Life of Mohammad: says that Mohammad married a six year old and waited THREE LONG YEARS before consummating the marriage....then it must be so and was so written.

Today Mohammand would be at the very least a rapist and most likely a pedophile. And that is how it would be written today.
17 posted on 05/28/2005 8:24:07 PM PDT by Chgogal (Pinging 72 virgins. Pinging 72 virgins.)
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To: Americanexpat
There is something really screwed up with the judicial system in this country.

You win the "UNDERSTATEMENT OF THE WEEK" award.

Something is fishy about this sentence - is it the illegal issue or is he muslim, and Allah forbid, the US sentence him to death.

18 posted on 05/28/2005 8:43:58 PM PDT by Just A Nobody (I - L O V E - my attitude problem!)
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To: texastoo
"That comes to about 3 illegal alien crooks a day. "

At $1500 apiece that only comes to One Million, Six Hundred Forty Two Thousand, Five Hundred and no/100 Dollars per year.

That's less than some FReepers make a year.

No wonder he had to raise his fees by $300. Have you priced tortillas and beans in Mexico recently?

19 posted on 05/28/2005 8:53:24 PM PDT by bayourod (Unless we get over 40% of the Hispanic vote in 2008, President Hillary will take all your guns away.)
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To: CHARLITE
“We will not provide a safe haven for criminals like Alejandre-Geronima,” said John A. Mata. “We are committed to restoring integrity to our nation’s immigration system by identifying and removing criminals.”

Dear John A. Mata,
criminal - n. a person who has commited a crime.
When one enters a country ILLEGALLY, he becomes an ILLEGAL invader, also known as a law breaker or criminal.
I wanted to clarify this for you in hope that there will be no misunderstanding of what a criminal "is."
Muchas Gracias,
JAN

20 posted on 05/28/2005 8:59:52 PM PDT by Just A Nobody (I - L O V E - my attitude problem!)
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To: Chgogal
"Today Mohammand would be at the very least a rapist and most likely a pedophile."

I wonder if the jury in Santa Maria, CA. would convict Muhammed, or let him walk. After all, for awhile there, it was "The Nation of Islam" who provided Jackson-Muhammed's "security."


21 posted on 05/28/2005 10:28:56 PM PDT by CHARLITE (I'd like to see Hillary and Bill Clinton GET REAL JOBS for once!)
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To: Calpernia

Bump


22 posted on 05/28/2005 10:39:22 PM PDT by nw_arizona_granny (My prayer of thanks is for all the Freepers who make my days so interesting,educational and loving.)
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To: CHARLITE; PetroniDE; the mo; MSM; Sweet_Sunflower29; TLI; TX Bluebonnet; evilgringo; rocksblues; ...

Mexican Smuggler Ping!

Please FReepmail me if you want on or off this South Texas/Mexico ping list.


23 posted on 05/29/2005 1:51:34 PM PDT by SwinneySwitch (Remember, this is only a temporary exile!)
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To: Justanobody

I thought they had the death penalty in Texas for convicted murderers.



Texas does..... This was a Federal prosecution not a State prosecution under Texas law.


24 posted on 05/29/2005 2:11:54 PM PDT by deport (Women always get the last say in an argument.. anything after that is the start of a new argument)
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To: KylaStarr; Cindy; StillProud2BeFree; nw_arizona_granny; Velveeta; Dolphy; appalachian_dweller; ...

ping


25 posted on 05/29/2005 2:54:37 PM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: MeekOneGOP

ping


26 posted on 05/29/2005 3:02:02 PM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: deport

Oh, I missed that. Thanks for clarifying.


27 posted on 05/29/2005 3:05:11 PM PDT by Just A Nobody (I - L O V E - my attitude problem!)
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To: CHARLITE

Anyone who tattooes their face should be thrown in jail on general principle.


28 posted on 05/29/2005 3:07:43 PM PDT by Lazamataz (The Republican Party is the France of politics.)
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To: CHARLITE

Houston--sanctuary city.


29 posted on 05/29/2005 3:09:18 PM PDT by monkeywrench (http://ciudadano.presidencia.gob.mx/peticion/peticion.htm -Tell Vicente)
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To: Cornpone

hey uncle cornpone! http://64.233.167.104/search?q=cache:ZqAe19omq1QJ:www.usatrivia.com/vpbilbj.html+%22uncle+cornpone%22&hl=en


30 posted on 05/29/2005 3:14:01 PM PDT by dennisw (He writes everything's been returned which was owed...)
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To: CHARLITE

Animales!


31 posted on 05/29/2005 3:14:38 PM PDT by dennisw (He writes everything's been returned which was owed...)
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To: CHARLITE
A convicted alien smuggler was sentenced April 14 [I assume of this year] to 12½ years in prison for dragging a man to death over a smuggling fee dispute last summer, following an investigation federal agents and local police in Houston, TX.

Garcia-Flores was convicted in January [again, I assume of this year] for aiding and abetting the transporting of undocumented aliens on July 6, 2004, and for being a felon and illegal alien in possession of a firearm.

Why wasn't Garcia-Flores in jail for his January conviction of "aiding and abetting the transporting of undocumented aliens on July 6, 2004, and for being a felon and illegal alien in possession of a firearm"? If he had been, this wouldn't have happened.

And all he got was a lousy 12½ years for causing this man's death?

32 posted on 05/29/2005 3:24:49 PM PDT by DumpsterDiver
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To: CHARLITE
Ignore my other post.

D'oh!

33 posted on 05/29/2005 3:29:23 PM PDT by DumpsterDiver
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To: CHARLITE
Is dragging a sport in Mexico? There was another illegal dragged behind the car for over a mile in NM. He didn't die, but he lost over 50% of his flesh, including his 'privates.' They have 2 more on trial for attempted murder.
34 posted on 05/29/2005 4:48:10 PM PDT by NRA2BFree
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Click to see other threads related to illegal aliens in America
Click to FR-mail me for addition or removal

Dragging a man to death chained to the rear of your vehicle...where've I heard of this crime before?

35 posted on 05/29/2005 6:32:51 PM PDT by HiJinx (~ www.ProudPatriots.org ~ Operation 4th of July ~)
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To: CHARLITE

I wonder how the open borders supporters would like those guys living next door...


36 posted on 05/29/2005 7:41:42 PM PDT by janetgreen
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To: janetgreen
I wonder how the open borders supporters would like those guys living next door...

Well! From what I read last night....one of them proudly hires them! So? Living next door shouldn't be a problem.

This is so disgusting...to think ANYONE supports this freakish behavior is beyond me.

37 posted on 05/29/2005 7:59:40 PM PDT by Bradís Gramma (Yo! Cowboy! I'm praying for a LoganMiracle! It CAN happen!!!!)
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To: HiJinx
Dragging a man to death chained to the rear of your vehicle...where've I heard of this crime before?

A few months ago it happened in Gallup, NM to an illegal. A woman from Mexico set him up and they tied him up and chained him to the bumper and dragged him for over a mile. He lost over 50% of his flesh, including his 'private parts.' He's out of the hospital and recovering at home, after spending months in the hospital. As an indigent, of course. They arrested two people and have charged them with conspiracy and murder. It makes me wonder if this is common practice in Mexico.

38 posted on 05/29/2005 8:56:04 PM PDT by NRA2BFree
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To: Brad's Gramma
Well! From what I read last night....one of them proudly hires them!

Guess I'll have to do some searching, I thought all the OBL's denied hiring illegals. "For the love of money is the root of all evil", they don't care how much this harms their country or their fellow American's, as long as they can make a quick buck with slave labor.

39 posted on 05/30/2005 6:03:15 AM PDT by ozarkgirl
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To: HiJinx

Protect our borders and coastlines from all foreign invaders!

Be Ever Vigilant!

Minutemen Patriots ~ Bump!


40 posted on 05/30/2005 7:43:21 AM PDT by blackie (Be Well~Be Armed~Be Safe~Molon Labe!)
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To: HiJinx

This one?

Man gets four-year sentence in dragging death case

By DAVID ROBLEDO
The Brownsville Herald

BROWNSVILLE, Dec. 5, 2003 — Paulino Gutierrez admitted to shooting a man, dragging him behind a truck and leaving him on a caliche road, where he was found dead the next morning.

http://www.brownsvilleherald.com/ts_comments.php?id=P55901_0_10_0_C


41 posted on 05/30/2005 8:15:33 AM PDT by SwinneySwitch (Remember, this is only a temporary exile!)
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To: HiJinx

"Dragging a man to death chained to the rear of your vehicle...where've I heard of this crime before?"

maybe this one?

Dragging death trial reset for March
Valley Morning Star

February 18, 2005 — The trial of a Willacy County man who allegedly shot and dragged his son-in-law to death behind a pickup truck has been reset for March 28 in Judge Robert Garza’s court, Cameron County Assistant District Attorney Gabriela Garica said.

http://www.brownsvilleherald.com/ts_comments.php?id=P63746_0_10_0_C


42 posted on 05/30/2005 8:20:38 AM PDT by SwinneySwitch (Remember, this is only a temporary exile!)
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