Mitt Romney Is Stumping in Miami at Eatery Owned by Convicted Coke Smuggler

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Today, Mitt Romney is forgoing a Miami political campaign tradition by skipping over Versailles restaurant in Little Havana. Instead, Mittens will hobnob with a convicted cocaine smuggler. The Republican presidential candidate is holding an afternoon rally at Palacio de los Jugos (7085 Coral Way), which is owned by Reinaldo Bermudez, who served three years in federal prison after pleading guilty in 1999 to one count of conspiracy to distribute cocaine.

Bermudez, AKA "El Guajiro," was a member of 12-person ring that was busted in 1997 for attempting to smuggle more than a ton of yeyo disguised as fish and soap into three South Florida ports. According to Bermudez's indictment, some of his co-conspirators had nicknames straight out of a Hollywood movie, like "Ali Baba," "Skeletor," "Buckwheat," and "Stump."
Reached by telephone, Bermudez tells Banana Republican that the Secret Service vetted everything about him when the Romney campaign asked to use his fruit and vegetable stand, one of several he owns in Miami-Dade.

"They absolutely knew about my record," Bermudez says. "The Secret Service checked everything. [The conviction] was not a problem. Everybody deserves a second chance."

Bermudez, who was 38 years old when he was arrested on the coke charge, was part of a conspiracy to smuggle 248 kilos in two containers filled with fish imported from Trinidad through the Port of Palm Beach and the Port of Miami, as well as another 1,045 kilos in a container of soap that was shipped from Venezuela to Port Everglades. Law enforcement authorities learned about the shipments via court-authorized wiretaps of the defendants' home, office, and cell phones, according to the indictment.

"Here in Miami there are a lot of people with money who have had problems with the law," Bermudez says. "Thankfully, we all have the opportunity in this country to re-enter society when we've done something wrong."

But if Bermudez thinks that if Romney gets elected he'll get his voting rights restored, he is out of luck. In January, during a Republican presidential debate, then-candidate Rick Santorum pushed Romney to make the following statement about ex-convicts who have served their time. "I don't think people who have committed violent crimes should be allowed to vote," Romney said. 

We left a message for Romney's Florida campaign spokesman, Jess Bechdel, requesting comment. We will update this post if he gets back to us.

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emmanuel
emmanuel

THIS STORY FALLS WAY TOO SHORT FROM WHAT IS WITHIN MIAMI’S PALACIO DE LOS JUGOS ENTHRALLED, PUTRID WEB OF CRIMINAL TIES; INVOLVING BRAINLESS REY BERMUDEZ, SHROUD MR. VAL, ABSENT MINDED JORGE DE LA LLAMA, AND MISLED, MISGUIDED, OR VICTIM, ENSNARED REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE ROMMEY. WHEREFORE A FAR SINISTER, MORE PROFOUND INNER CONSPIRACY HAS UNFOLDED; OPENING A CAN OF COUNTLESS WORMS COVERED BY A VERY THIN, SEE THROUGH PIECE OF STAINED WHITE CLOTH. NONETHELESS, IF YOU CANNOT SEE THE WHOLE PICTURE UNFOLD BEFORE YOUR VERY EYES, IT’S BECAUSE YOU EITHER NEED GLASSES, ARE FATUOUSLY RETARDED, OR ARE SIMPLY TOO SCARED TO OPEN YOUR EYES AND REVEAL WHAT YOU SEE. AND TRUST ME, I DO NOT BLAME YOU. THUS, IF YOU DARE TO CONTINUE, YOU ARE TRAMPLING UPON VERY DANGEROUS GROUNDS. REMEMBER: NOTHING HAPPENS BY COINCIDENCE… NOTHING! MISTAKES THAT CAN EASILY BE AVOIDED ARE NOT AFFORDABLE WITHIN THE POLITICAL PRESIDENTIAL RACE. THUS THERE IS NO POSSIBLE WAY MR. ROMMEY’S TEAM COULD NOT HAVE KNOWN THAT MR. BERMUDEZ WAS AN EX-DRUG CONVICTED FELON, WHOM BECAME A D.E.A. INFORMANT, SNITCHING AND ENTRAPPING HALF OF MIAMI SO HE COULD SAVE HIMSELF FROM DOING TIME. WHEREFORE SOME HIGH UP WITHIN ROMMEY’S TEAM IS A MOLE, DETERMINED TO DESTROY ROMMEY’S CAMPAIGN. FURTHERMORE, HAD ROMMEY’S TEAM DONE THEIR JOB RIGHT, THEY WOULD HAVE FOUND SHOCKING REVELATIONS ABOUT MR. BERMUDEZ’S IMMIGRENT EXPLOITATION, CRUELY EFORCING SLAVE LABOR, DECADES OF TAX EVASION, AND COUNTLESS OTHER CRIMINAL BEHAVIORS, ANT- SANITATION VIOLATIONS, UNLICENSED FUNCTIONS AND OPERATIONS. AND THERE IS NO POSSIBLE WAY THE SHROUD MR. VAL WAS GOING TO GIVE UP A 37 YEAR OLD HISTORICAL TRADITION, OUT OF THE KINDNESS OF HIS GENEROUS HEART, BY RELENTING SAID POLITICAL AND LUCRATIVE HONOR TO EL PALACIO DE LOS JUGOS, IF THERE WAS NOTHING FISHY BEHIND THE POLITICAL CURTAIN. WHEREAS RUMORS THAT MR. VAL AND MR. BERMUDEZ OVER UNPAID MONEY OWED TO MR. VAL HAS RAPIDLY SPREAD WITHIN THE PAST TWO YEARS. SO KNOWING THIS, ISN’T IT BETTER TO SAY THAT MR. VAL’S ATTEMPT TO KILL TWO BIRDS WITH THE SAME STONE IS QUITE ACCURATE? IN FACT, WHAT ARE VAL’S POLITICAL INTERESTS? FROM WHICH CANDIDATE DOES HE BETTER BENEFITS FROM? AND HERE IS A REAL CHARATER, MR. PUPPET HIMSELF JORGE DE LA LLAMA! JORGE DE LA LLAMA, EAGER TO MAKE HEAD-LINES, COULD NOT WAIT TO IGNORANTLY MAKE A CIRCUS OUT OF MIAMI’S LAW-ABIDING CITTIZENS AND ROMMEY HIMSELF. THUS, USING THE PALACIO DE LOS JUGOS, AN ACTIVE CRIMINAL, TAX EVADIND, ILLEGAL, UNLICENCENSE FRACHISE, FRAUDULENT, UNSANITISED ENTERPRISE TARNISHED THE IMAGE OF OUR PRECIOUS CITY, THE INTEGRITY OF HONEST CUBANS AND HARD-WORKING HISPANIS, AND TURNED OUR JUSTICE SYSTEM INTO A MOCKERY BY ALLOWING A LOW-LIFE DIRTY, DISHONORABLE SNITCH LIKE REY BERMUDEZ TO GET EXPOSURE. THERE IS TOO MUCH EVIDENCE AGAINST THIS PALACIO ENTERPRISE FOR MR. ROMMEY’S TEAM NOT TO HAVE KNOWN. AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST OF THIS PUTRID LIST, MR. BRAINLESS BERMUDEZ FELL PROMPTLY IN HIS SNARE OUT OF SHEAR SELFISH GREED, THINKING THAT IF AND WHEN ROMMEY IS ELECTED PRESIDENT HE WOULD RECEIVE A FULL PRESIDENTIAL PARDON FOR HIS PAST AND PRESENT CRIMES. BUT NOW THE QUESTION IS: FROM WHICH OF THE CRIMES DOES MR. BERMUDEZ DESIRES A PARDON? FROM THE CRIMES OF PUTTING COUNTLESS OF GUILTY AND INNOCENT PEOPLE ALIKE BEHIND BARS, OR FROM HIS UNPUNISHED PAST AND DAILY COMMITTED CRIMES HE WAS NEVER AND WILL NEVER BE SENTENCED FOR? TRUST ME, THIS STORY CAN GET REAL DIRTY. ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS DIG, BUT THE HOLE ISN’T TOO DEEP. ALL YES, IT IS QUITE SPICY, AND IT EVEN INVOLVES PROSTITUTION, DRUGS, AND ORGIES.

emmanuel
emmanuel

THIS STORY FALLS WAY TOO SHORT FROM WHAT IS WITHIN MIAMI’S PALACIO DE LOS JUGOS ENTHRALLED, PUTRID WEB OF CRIMINAL TIES; INVOLVING BRAINLESS REY BERMUDEZ, SHROUD MR. VAL, ABSENT MINDED JORGE DE LA LLAMA, AND MISLED, MISGUIDED, OR VICTIM, ENSNARED REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE ROMMEY. WHEREFORE A FAR SINISTER, MORE PROFOUND INNER CONSPIRACY HAS UNFOLDED; OPENING A CAN OF COUNTLESS WORMS COVERED BY A VERY THIN, SEE THROUGH PIECE OF STAINED WHITE CLOTH. NONETHELESS, IF YOU CANNOT SEE THE WHOLE PICTURE UNFOLD BEFORE YOUR VERY EYES, IT’S BECAUSE YOU EITHER NEED GLASSES, ARE FATUOUSLY RETARDED, OR ARE SIMPLY TOO SCARED TO OPEN YOUR EYES AND REVEAL WHAT YOU SEE. AND TRUST ME, I DO NOT BLAME YOU. THUS, IF YOU DARE TO CONTINUE, YOU ARE TRAMPLING UPON VERY DANGEROUS GROUNDS. REMEMBER: NOTHING HAPPENS BY COINCIDENCE… NOTHING! MISTAKES THAT CAN EASILY BE AVOIDED ARE NOT AFFORDABLE WITHIN THE POLITICAL PRESIDENTIAL RACE. THUS THERE IS NO POSSIBLE WAY MR. ROMMEY’S TEAM COULD NOT HAVE KNOWN THAT MR. BERMUDEZ WAS AN EX-DRUG CONVICTED FELON, WHOM BECAME A D.E.A. INFORMANT, SNITCHING AND ENTRAPPING HALF OF MIAMI SO HE COULD SAVE HIMSELF FROM DOING TIME. WHEREFORE SOME HIGH UP WITHIN ROMMEY’S TEAM IS A MOLE, DETERMINED TO DESTROY ROMMEY’S CAMPAIGN. FURTHERMORE, HAD ROMMEY’S TEAM DONE THEIR JOB RIGHT, THEY WOULD HAVE FOUND SHOCKING REVELATIONS ABOUT MR. BERMUDEZ’S IMMIGRENT EXPLOITATION, CRUELY EFORCING SLAVE LABOR, DECADES OF TAX EVASION, AND COUNTLESS OTHER CRIMINAL BEHAVIORS, ANT- SANITATION VIOLATIONS, UNLICENSED FUNCTIONS AND OPERATIONS. AND THERE IS NO POSSIBLE WAY THE SHROUD MR. VAL WAS GOING TO GIVE UP A 37 YEAR OLD HISTORICAL TRADITION, OUT OF THE KINDNESS OF HIS GENEROUS HEART, BY RELENTING SAID POLITICAL AND LUCRATIVE HONOR TO EL PALACIO DE LOS JUGOS, IF THERE WAS NOTHING FISHY BEHIND THE POLITICAL CURTAIN. WHEREAS RUMORS THAT MR. VAL AND MR. BERMUDEZ OVER UNPAID MONEY OWED TO MR. VAL HAS RAPIDLY SPREAD WITHIN THE PAST TWO YEARS. SO KNOWING THIS, ISN’T IT BETTER TO SAY THAT MR. VAL’S ATTEMPT TO KILL TWO BIRDS WITH THE SAME STONE IS QUITE ACCURATE? IN FACT, WHAT ARE VAL’S POLITICAL INTERESTS? FROM WHICH CANDIDATE DOES HE BETTER BENEFITS FROM? AND HERE IS A REAL CHARATER, MR. PUPPET HIMSELF JORGE DE LA LLAMA! JORGE DE LA LLAMA, EAGER TO MAKE HEAD-LINES, COULD NOT WAIT TO IGNORANTLY MAKE A CIRCUS OUT OF MIAMI’S LAW-ABIDING CITTIZENS AND ROMMEY HIMSELF. THUS, USING THE PALACIO DE LOS JUGOS, AN ACTIVE CRIMINAL, TAX EVADIND, ILLEGAL, UNLICENCENSE FRACHISE, FRAUDULENT, UNSANITISED ENTERPRISE TARNISHED THE IMAGE OF OUR PRECIOUS CITY, THE INTEGRITY OF HONEST CUBANS AND HARD-WORKING HISPANIS, AND TURNED OUR JUSTICE SYSTEM INTO A MOCKERY BY ALLOWING A LOW-LIFE DIRTY, DISHONORABLE SNITCH LIKE REY BERMUDEZ TO GET EXPOSURE. THERE IS TOO MUCH EVIDENCE AGAINST THIS PALACIO ENTERPRISE FOR MR. ROMMEY’S TEAM NOT TO HAVE KNOWN. AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST OF THIS PUTRID LIST, MR. BRAINLESS BERMUDEZ FELL PROMPTLY IN HIS SNARE OUT OF SHEAR SELFISH GREED, THINKING THAT IF AND WHEN ROMMEY IS ELECTED PRESIDENT HE WOULD RECEIVE A FULL PRESIDENTIAL PARDON FOR HIS PAST AND PRESENT CRIMES. BUT NOW THE QUESTION IS: FROM WHICH OF THE CRIMES DOES MR. BERMUDEZ DESIRES A PARDON? FROM THE CRIMES OF PUTTING COUNTLESS OF GUILTY AND INNOCENT PEOPLE ALIKE BEHIND BARS, OR FROM HIS UNPUNISHED PAST AND DAILY COMMITTED CRIMES HE WAS NEVER AND WILL NEVER BE SENTENCED FOR? TRUST ME, THIS STORY CAN GET REAL DIRTY. ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS DIG, BUT THE HOLE ISN’T TOO DEEP. ALL YES, IT IS QUITE SPICY, AND IT EVEN INVOLVES PROSTITUTION, DRUGS, AND ORGIES.

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

Was he the one who smuggled Obama the coke he abused?

GustavoArellano
GustavoArellano editortopcommenter

I know what's fake about this story: the photo of Mitt in a guayabera. NO WAY he'd ever be that cool...

rafael000
rafael000

The Miami New Times has a big record on trashing Cubans, and now some of the posters trashing Miami Cubans is old news move out to Chicago, Atlanta, medicare fraud yes Miami ranks high so does New York and other cities. Your news paper add are full of prostitution ads sorry escorts just as illegal.

omomma
omomma

"...any other race that wasn't Cuban..."? Like, say, the Irish race? Or, maybe the Presbyterian race? Oh, no, wait, I know! The Canadian race! Those people are just out of control...

junio66
junio66

I am sure, that if this man was someone from any other race that wasn't Cuban or didn't have the help of powerful Republican Politician from the, he would have going to jail for at least 50 years. What really bothers me is, that today noone in the News Media is talking about this, if it was President Barak Obama, who have done, what Mitt Romny did, the whole Media would have been going after him, like wild foxes.

 

This shows, how poerful thoes Cubans Politicians in the State of Florida are, and how much influence they have with the State of Florida Judical Authorities, who would ever get to know, how much money, that man gave to the Republican Politician for his help. Another thing, who would ever get to know, how much, the man, hided that in a couple of years after getting out of  prison, he was able to buy the Palacio de los Jugos, for wich, he should have paid a lot of money.

 

Many times, I have seen, how poeple are been extradited to the US, just for the suspicion of selling drugs, and sometimes they have been sent to prison for many years, but that didn't happen in this Cuban  drug smuggler case. why did this guy got away with only 3 years in prison, for something he sould did got 50 years,?, because he got he help of a powerful Republican Politician, that was able to buy a Judge with a nice lettle of recomendation and who knows what else, in this kind of instances, even a lot of money a lot of money, could have been involved.

Eugene Buck
Eugene Buck

Jeremiah Wright, Michael Ayers, do those names mean anything to you? Not to mention the Ghetto Fist Lady with her famous line about being proud of her country for the first time, This so called President has been the most controversial history that the United States has ever had. so compared to Romney, it makes Romney look like a saint.

Ed Ochoa
Ed Ochoa

Uh, have you checked on Obama's friends list lately, I hear it makes the top 10

VoteRomneytoHelpU.S.
VoteRomneytoHelpU.S.

GIVE ME A BREAK!! WHO CARES!!  WOW, democrats and the left wing media are so scared Romney's going to win that they are using whatever stupidity they can against this good, clean, man that has the best intentions and passion for the country. UNLIKE OBAMA! - who by the way ADMITTED TO DOING COKE IN HIS OWN BOOK!!!!! A LOT OF PEOPLE DIDN'T KNOW THIS WHEN THEY VOTED FOR HIM IN 2008!.HIS BOOK HAS AN AUDIO CD SAYING HE DID COCAINE! Voting for him and then realizing this later.....that their children will find out that they supported someone who did cocaine!!! and said it in a book like nothing! Like it's all good!!

TheDudeDean
TheDudeDean

@DianaMoskovitz next time use #Rmoney add the hashtag.

drakemallard
drakemallard topcommenter

Come out come out wherever you are Fox News... where are your reporters? Your headlines? Your talking heads? Where is everyone that actually reports IMPORTANT news? I'll bet you Fox doesn't run this story. so much for fair and balanced

DianaMoskovitz
DianaMoskovitz

@EditorQuarters That quote just says so much. Made me chuckle.

giancaxa
giancaxa

@DianaMoskovitz @miaminewtimes shady peeps

drakemallard
drakemallard topcommenter

 cuban medicare fraud and marco rubio is silent about

 South Florida is known as the capital of Medicare fraud,

Feds in Miami: Millions stolen from Medicare wound up in Cuban banking system In an unprecedented case, federal prosecutors have charged a Miami man with engaging in a massive money laundering scheme that moved millions stolen from the federal Medicare program into Cuban banks.

I want to protect Medicare. I want to save it," Rubio told CNN.

"It's going bankrupt. And so the only way to save it is to come up with a solution that allows our parents and our grandparents to see absolutely no changes to their Medicare," Rubio added.

 

what a joke

allama62
allama62

@unclelukereal1 Obama already has his coke dealer

JohnnyTrabs
JohnnyTrabs

@unclelukereal1 it's Miami! What major establishment isn't owned or affiliated to drugs?

thadok3
thadok3

@unclelukereal1 u got 2 love it when they can do sh-t like that and receive very little attention 4 it but let it b Obama!!!!

QuoVadimus2012
QuoVadimus2012

@unclelukereal1 lol, JUST read that. Man, if it was Obama they would impeach #FairnessInSentencing

Grizz1899
Grizz1899

And Obama admits using cocaine. What's your point? 

Barbara Marquez
Barbara Marquez

Little by little, we get to know our candidates And then we choose. Oh this is sweet.

Frank Castle
Frank Castle

out of all the restaurants why would he pick this ghetto one

Klaudia Bello
Klaudia Bello

SMH, he is even wearing a Guayabera. I am sure he'll connect with the Cuban voters now!

grey580
grey580

I don't see the problem.... he hangs out with non convicted felons when he's in washington all the time.

Eric Puntervold
Eric Puntervold

Oh my God I can't believe it! Come on, who cares? U guys are really digging for any kind of dirt u can find on Romney. New times is so politically biased

Phil Ramirez
Phil Ramirez

if he don't stop at Versailles or Little Havana ,Activities Center, they'll lose Florida (segun la gente del Parque del Domino, que lo saben todo!!).

Sono Mataumo
Sono Mataumo

New Slogan for EPDLJ: Jugos naturales made from natural powder!

Sono Mataumo
Sono Mataumo

New Slogan for EPDLJ: Jugos naturales made from natural powder!

Craig Chester
Craig Chester

Patty, they know. Check out the quotes in the Herald. It made it pretty obvious that they'll be back to make all the rounds.

Thomas Lovell
Thomas Lovell

Tying a man who doesn't drink coffee to the drug trade is a stretch

Patty Castellanos
Patty Castellanos

I am shocked his research team didn't make sure his main stop was Versailles !!

emmanuel
emmanuel

 @junio66 NO, MY FRIEND, REPUBLICANS ARE NO GOOD, BUT THEY HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH THIS GUY BERMUDEZ. SORRY. THIS CUBAN USED THE SERVICES OF THE TWO CHINESE LAWYERS, THE FIRM OF LONG TONGUE, SHORT TIME. THIS GUY IS A HELL OF A SNITCH, MAN!!!

drakemallard
drakemallard topcommenter

How dumb you got to be to get left back in the first grade? It's like, what's four plus four?

jrashadbrown
jrashadbrown

@DianaMoskovitz @EditorQuarters I mean, damn. He just put Miami right out on front street, didn't he? That was fantastic. As is Mittens.

DianaMoskovitz
DianaMoskovitz

@jrashadbrown The whole thing is so Miami. Sooooo Miami.

EditorQuarters
EditorQuarters

@DianaMoskovitz @jrashadbrown It really is. I would love to see and hear him giving that quote. It would probably make my year.

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