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Mentor restaurant part of five-state raid (Jalapeno Loco in Mentor is mentioned-smuggling illegals)
blog.cleveland.com ^ | April 16, 2008 | Robert L. Smith

Posted on 04/17/2008 1:07:56 AM PDT by Las Vegas Dave

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Federal immigration authorities raided seven Mexican restaurants in four states Wednesday, arresting 56 people, including 11 accused of conspiring to harbor illegal immigrants.

The immigrants were primarily undocumented Mexicans forced to staff the restaurants for long hours with little pay to work off smuggling fees and rent, authorities said.

Ten individuals were arrested in Mentor and Willoughby in northeast Ohio, at Jalapeno Loco Mexican Restaurant and two houses, said Greg Palmore, spokesman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Two face charges of conspiring to harbor illegal immigrants and the rest face immigration violations.

The arrests began at 6 a.m. in Ohio, western New York, Bradford, Pa., and Wheeling and New Martinsville, W.Va. They were the result of a two-year investigation, Palmore said.

The restaurants' owner, Jorge Delarco of Depew, N.Y., is charged with conspiring to harbor illegal immigrants, which carries a five-year maximum jail sentence upon conviction. It was not immediately known if he had a lawyer.

"Employers who exploit illegal alien labor to reap greater profits for themselves can expect to pay a high price for their greed," said Julie L. Myers, assistant secretary of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Agents also raided Pilgrim's Pride poultry plants in five states Wednesday in a crackdown on an alleged scam to provide fake identification for illegal immigrant workers, authorities said.

More than 100 people were expected to be charged in the raids at the nation's largest chicken producer, Myers said.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Ohio
KEYWORDS: aliens; illegalimmigration; immigration; jalapenoloco; lakecounty; ohio; pilgrimspride; poultry; restaurant

1 posted on 04/17/2008 1:07:56 AM PDT by Las Vegas Dave
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To: ADemocratNoMore; Akron Al; arbee4bush; Badeye; Bikers4Bush; BlindedByTruth; bonfire; boxerblues; ...

Ohio Ping!


2 posted on 04/17/2008 1:09:44 AM PDT by Las Vegas Dave ("We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good." Hillary Clinton, June 2004.)
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To: ADemocratNoMore; Akron Al; arbee4bush; Badeye; Bikers4Bush; BlindedByTruth; bonfire; boxerblues; ...

MENTOR — U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents arrested 10 people early Wednesday at the Jalapeno Loco Mexican restaurant on Mentor Avenue here.

Eight of them were workers, allegedly smuggled into the U.S. illegally.

The others including, Alvaro Soto, of Willoughby, allegedly were part of a multi-state human smuggling ring.

ICE agents also had search warrants and removed $18,000 in cash and other significant documents from an office inside the restaurant.

The eight workers face deportation and Soto faces smuggling and possibly money laundering charges.

ICE agents also searched Soto’s apartment on Gardenside Drive in Willoughby and the Queensdale Apartments here in Mentor.

Today’s ICE raid was one of several being carried out in Ohio, and at several locations in Western New York, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Georgia.

ICE is a division of the Department of Homeland Security.

“ICE seeks to eliminate the magnet of illegal workers coming to the U.S. by imposing criminal sanctions and fines on egregious employers that are hiring this illegal workforce and undermining the U.S. economy,” Channel 3 News reporter Dave Summers reported.

Wednesday afternoon, United States Attorney Terrance P. Flynn and Julie L. Myers, Assistant Secretary for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, also announced the arrests of five individuals in the Western District of New York, a sixth person in Bradford Pennsylvania, and three persons in West Virginia.

An eleventh person is still being sought.

All 11 are accused of conspiring to harbor illegal aliens, primarily undocumented Mexicans, who had been smuggled into the United States for the purpose of employing these aliens at seven Mexican restaurants, three in Western New York, one in Bradford Pennsylvania, one in Mentor, Ohio, and one in Wheeling and one in New Martinsville, West Virginia.

If convicted, the 11 could face a maximum term of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Simultaneously with the arrests, ICE agents and state and local police agencies executed search warrants at the seven Mexican restaurants, six residences occupied by the owners and managers of the restaurants, twelve apartments used to house undocumented aliens, and a safe deposit box at a branch of Community Bank on Vineyard Drive in Dunkirk, New York.


3 posted on 04/17/2008 1:11:21 AM PDT by Las Vegas Dave ("We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good." Hillary Clinton, June 2004.)
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To: Las Vegas Dave

I heard this on the radio today. My reaction: ONLY 10??

I live in eastern Lake county. Nursery after nursery. They work right out in the open fields. Never heard of ANY of them being raided.


4 posted on 04/17/2008 1:28:03 AM PDT by bonfire
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To: bonfire
Only 10?? Better add a a zero or two to that number, and that's just N.E. Ohio!

Illegals, doing the job that Americans don't want.....

5 posted on 04/17/2008 1:36:07 AM PDT by Las Vegas Dave ("We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good." Hillary Clinton, June 2004.)
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To: Las Vegas Dave

Soto should be facing RICO charges....these are RICO offenses.


6 posted on 04/17/2008 1:36:59 AM PDT by Kimberly GG
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To: bonfire

FYI:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/1989034/posts?page=67#67


7 posted on 04/17/2008 1:40:42 AM PDT by Kimberly GG
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To: Las Vegas Dave

I say, save the resturants for last. Otherwise, they’ll be no where to eat out. (at least in my area)


8 posted on 04/17/2008 4:40:10 AM PDT by wolfcreek (I see miles and miles of Texas....let's keep it that way.)
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To: Las Vegas Dave
Holy smokes! My office is in Mentor, Ohio!

Large illegal population next door in Painesville, Ohio.

9 posted on 04/17/2008 5:05:41 AM PDT by mr_hammer (Checking the breeze and barking at things that go bump in the night.)
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To: Las Vegas Dave

Do you know any of the players in this Dave? I have never been to the restaurant but of course don’t live in the area but get there about a dozen times a year as I love Lake County.

I have family in Dunkirk & get there often as I can . There is a large immigrant community/migrant workers with the wine/grapes.

thanks for ping


10 posted on 04/17/2008 5:40:53 AM PDT by DollyCali (Don't tell GOD how big your storm is -- Tell the storm how B-I-G your God is!)
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To: Las Vegas Dave; HiJinx; gubamyster

11 posted on 04/17/2008 5:47:35 AM PDT by Travis McGee (---www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com---)
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To: Las Vegas Dave

Unbelievable, Dave. I drive by that restaurant regularly. I’m glad these people were caught. What they did to the people smuggled in is horrible.


12 posted on 04/17/2008 5:57:13 AM PDT by GOP_Lady
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To: Las Vegas Dave

13 posted on 04/17/2008 6:02:00 AM PDT by GOP_Lady
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To: GOP_Lady

If a place in town was going to be busted it was Jalepeno Loco. They were pretty blatant about it. Advertising in HOLA, the Hispanic advocacy organization’s newsletter that is very proamnesty.


14 posted on 04/17/2008 11:09:02 AM PDT by NeoCaveman (El Conservo Tribe, tribal name "Avoids Fort Marcy Park" Watching the Rat Fight. typical white person)
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To: NeoCaveman
Really? LOL. Nice to see you again, NeoCaveman. Hope all is well. :-)
15 posted on 04/17/2008 11:12:22 AM PDT by GOP_Lady
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To: Las Vegas Dave; 1_Inch_Group; 2sheep; 2Trievers; 3AngelaD; 3pools; 3rdcanyon; 4Freedom; ...

More Eastern US trafficking to Ping!


16 posted on 04/17/2008 12:32:45 PM PDT by HiJinx (~ Support our Troops ~ www.americasupportsyou.mil ~)
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To: bonfire

Hey are you part of the Rally Team in Mentor? I know a woman who helps with the group. They are having a wonderful forum on illegal immigration coming up. If you want info FReep mailme!!


17 posted on 04/17/2008 5:08:54 PM PDT by chicagolady (Mexican Elite say: EXPORT Poverty Let the American Taxpayer foot the bill !)
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To: Las Vegas Dave
Sorry to be a beyotch.... but Lady Liberty CANNOT handle the plague of illegals. They're like ticks or cockaroaches.

If they want to be in the USA, let them do it LEGALLY. (like my gr grandparents did.)

18 posted on 04/17/2008 5:25:26 PM PDT by mommadooo3 (Old concept in justice. If the law won't take care of it, it's just us.)
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To: HiJinx

Just the tip of the iceberg.


19 posted on 04/17/2008 7:03:13 PM PDT by TheLion
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To: Eric Blair 2084; Gabz

In the next city from mine!


20 posted on 04/17/2008 8:46:04 PM PDT by GOP_Lady
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To: bonfire; Las Vegas Dave

Nursery after Nursery coupled with the jobs Americans won’t do...

I can tell you after working part-time for a nursery in the retail sales capacity that those jobs are wanted by Americans. Many nursery people are angry their jobs have been stolen.


21 posted on 04/18/2008 2:47:42 AM PDT by EBH ( ... the riotousness of the crowd is always very close to madness. --Alculin c.735-804)
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