Sweetwater's New Police Chief Was Caught on Tape Plotting an '80s Cocaine Heist

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Sweetwater Police Chief Jesús Menocal
Sweetwater Mayor José M. Díaz sure knows how to pick 'em. On Thursday, hours after he announced Jesús "Jesse" Menocal would be his city's police chief, CNN Latino Miami reported Díaz's nominee was implicated in an old Miami Police internal affairs investigation involving a drug trafficker and a plot to steal a kilo of cocaine. Twenty-eight years ago, Menocal was an applicant waiting to be accepted at the Miami Police Academy when the internal affairs detectives opened a case against his twin brother, Ignacio, who at the time was a Miami cop.

A confidential informant going by the alias "Julio Gambino" told investigators that he witnessed Ignacio return a brick of cocaine to another drug dealer. According to Gambino, the drug dealer had just sold the kilo to a buyer from New York and used Menocal to steal it back. Gambino agreed to wear a wire to ensnare Ignacio. During the course of the investigation, detectives learned that Jesús was acting as a middleman between Gambino and his brother.

The internal affairs investigation was conducted by then-Lt. Miguel Exposito, who served as Miami Police chief from 2009 to 2011. During an appearance on the CNN Latino Miami show Prohibido Callarse (Silence Is Forbidden), Exposito explained the probe focused on Ignacio. "Our interest was really Ignacio Menocal, not Jesús," Exposito said. "But Jesús came up in the conversation with the informant."

According to the internal affairs report, there was not enough evidence to implicate Ignacio, but there was enough proof to reject Jesús as an applicant. It said there was "sufficient evidence indicating that the candidate would present a risk as an officer due to his involvement with a drug trafficker."

When the informant offered a deal, Ignacio declined but suggested the informant contact his brother. Jesús initially agreed to be a bodyguard for Gambino during the transaction and to organize an effort to steal drugs from a buyer. Later, according to a report summarizing the recorded conversations, Jesús canceled the plan, alleging he was applying to be a police officer and did not want to get into trouble.

On the TV program, Exposito said he monitored the taped conversations. "That, of course, gave us enough information to discard him as a candidate," he said. "We couldn't hire someone willing to do something like that."

Sweetwater hired Jesús Menocal in 1986, after he had worked two years as an officer for the Florida Department of Corrections. His brother Ignacio was later hired by Sweetwater.

"I figured they weren't going to hire him," Exposito said. "But a couple of years later, I learned he was a Sweetwater Police officer. I couldn't believe it."

Díaz and Jesús Menocal also went on Prohibido Callarse to downplay the internal affairs report, which was completed in 1984. Jesús Menocal insisted he has never been the target of a criminal investigation and that Thursday was the first time he heard that the Miami Police internal affairs unit had investigated him and his brother. "No one has ever asked me about drugs," Menocal said. "No one has ever arrested me, not for alcohol, not for anything."

Díaz dismissed the revelations as a smear tactic by his political enemies. He still supports Menocal, the mayor added. "He is an excellent instructor," Díaz said. "He's trained at the federal, state, and county level. He is one of the best."

Sweetwater, a city founded by Russian circus midgets, has always been a magnet for controversy and scandal. Most recently, in August, the FBI arrested Díaz's predecessor, Manuel Maroño, on bribery charges. The feds are also investigating allegations of rampant police abuse by the city's finest.

Here's the full IA file on the new chief:

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Mariah345
Mariah345

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adolfojherrera
adolfojherrera

Wait! this is one of the Twins? OMG!!! You couldn't get a more corrupt piece of shit if you tried. These two guys since the 80's have been HUGE! (and by huge I don't just mean the steroid fueled musculature) criminal scumbags. Wow this place never changes. Stay clean and follow the rules and starve, screw over everybody and be a corrupt lying sack of garbage and write your own ticket. We need a mile high tsunami! 

Omar Becerra
Omar Becerra

nothing surprise me about miami police or city; most corrupted trash ever in this country, want to find crime, look first in the authorities

Kzm Ufc
Kzm Ufc

From inside a PD?!?!? Tsk, tsk, tsk.

drakemallard
drakemallard topcommenter

CIA funnels drugs into poor US neighborhoods


Gang violence has been a part of some Los Angeles neighborhoods for decades, but it wasn’t until the 1980’s that gang members saw their biggest money making opportunity with crack cocaine. Little did they know that the CIA was using them as pawns in a larger scheme by allowing the more affordable drug to come into their neighborhood.

Freeway Ricky Ross, one of America’s biggest drug dealers, unwittingly became a main player in the Central American drug connection, which sent millions of American dollars in drug money to Nicaragua.The CIA’s plan was to promote and finance the Contra revolutionary group, which was trying to depose the Socialist Sandinista government in the Central American country.

.In 1998 the CIA finally admitted to its involvement in drug trafficking in the United States after years of federal investigation by the Kerry Congressional Committee.  What the CIA admitted to was allowing cocaine trafficking to take place by Contras who were being supported by the CIA, using facilities and resources supplied by the US government, and preventing investigation into these activities by other agencies. This was done because funds for the support of militant groups in South America had been withdrawn by Congress so the CIA allowed the Contras to engage in the drug trade in the United States in order to make money to fund their military operations. If you are wondering why this was not covered more widely in the news during the Clinton Administration it may be because Arkansas was one of the major trafficking centers for the operations

American Drug War: The Last White Hope shows how money, power and greed have corrupted not just drug pushers and dope fiends, but an entire government. More importantly, it shows what can be done about it. This is not some 'pro-drug' stoner film, but a collection of expert testimonials from the ground troops on the front lines of the drug war, the ones who are fighting it and the ones who are living it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6CyuBuT_7I4

Ace Greene
Ace Greene

So? He's obviously rehabilitated.

Fernando Buch
Fernando Buch

The Psychological profile of a good detective is the same as that of a good criminal. Attention to detail. Disconnection from emotions. Calculative moves. Wouldn't surprise me if 20 percent of cops were actually crooked. But whatever, this doesn't excuse his crime or makes all cops criminals. Why arent they cleaning house? and bringing cops from another major city? hell if they need spanish speaking cops, they can replace the entire department with LAPD cops or NYPD cops.

David Walker
David Walker

Dirty asshole douchebag cops in Florida? No way!!!!

Kelvin Gonzalez
Kelvin Gonzalez

I see this prick all the time. Sweet water cops are garbage douchers who hold no shame. I've heard stories from a buddy of them planting drugs on them when nothing is originally found in their possession. But I'm sure this happens everywhere in this city. Few worthy cops.

Roberto Alba-Bustamante
Roberto Alba-Bustamante

I still don't understand how Sweetwater has self government. Some parts of Miami just can't be expected to govern themselves.

Greg Ramirez
Greg Ramirez

these thugs are in every dept. ex gang members full of steroids these people are the thugs we need to look out for

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