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Miami New Times reports El Palacio de los Jugos owner has criminal record

Miami New Times reported Monday that Mitt Romney made a campaign stop at El Palacios de los Jugos, a popular eatery owned by a man who was convicted 13 years ago of cocaine distribution.
In the story published on its website on Monday, the weekly newspaper said "Mittens [Mitt Romney] will be hobnobbing with a convicted cocaine smuggler."
The popular fresh fruit and vegetable business 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, the newspaper reported.
Bermudez told Miami New Times that the Secret Service was aware of his past conviction. "They absolutely knew about my record," Bermudez told the newspaper. "The Secret Service checked everything. [The conviction] was not a problem. Everybody deserves a second chance."
Romney's campaign did not return a call for comment from the newspaper.
Here's link to the Miami New Times story:

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whasup

One on-line reviewer of the business said, "El Palacio has a shady vibe but it's all part of its nostalgic, old school Miami vibe."

Let's hope it doesn't vibrate into another stupid distraction from the important issues in the campaign.

Oft times the press gets into the stupid irrelevant things that do not serve a public purpose relevant to our election choices and the important policy issues we face.

Of course, this results from the weird interaction between the reality-tv titilation entertainment culture and the "must post something new now to make folks click it no matter how inane" mentality of the internet-social-techno-advertising business of web-world ...

and some folks wonder why the country is descending into idiocracy.

Dave U

What is all the fuss about. Mitt is just supporting free enterprise. Think of how many jobs were created to get the cocaine in to the US. Anything to make a buck.

Ken

The left wing Herald staff never misses an opportunity to paint Republicans in a negative light. When will we see a story about Obama's admitted cocaine use?

William Flaherty

The people in the liberal press need to get a life. Go out and get a real job, if you can that is. Its a good thing that newspapers won't be around much longer. Goodbye is such a nice word in this instance.
Bill

Fidelito

Could it be that someone is sour that Mitt did not go eat at his well established restaurant? It has been known in Miami that most politicians eat at a certain locale here. Maybe they finally discovered the famous place is also a Castro front. Just sayin'.

whasup

I reckon the owner of Versailles, the traditional Cuban political eatery campaign location, ratted out the owner of this other restaurant. Miffed at Mitt, perhaps?

Never underestimate the importance of spite in politics.

And we have this blog title today from the Herald's partners at the Tampa Bay (We Love Democrats) Times:

"Times: Romney event in Miami was hosted by convicted cocaine smuggler"

Just how low are some in the press willing to limbo in order to help the Obamanator?

George Sullivan

Obama admits to "using" cocaine 30 years ago as a young adult. Romney schedules a campaign rally today, at a business bought with the profits realized by the smuggling of thousands of pounds of cocaine into the state of Florida. It's obvious that Romney and his friends know how to make a lot of money. It's equally obvious that they don't care in any way, how they do it. Reckless and arrogant is the only I can describe it.

Richard

In order to make fair this left-wing-biased article, I'll just say that the Dem candidate, Barrack Husein Obama for years, and maybe still consumes the drugs himself, and he also brings his buddy Bill Ayers, a terrorist who bombed several buildings, into the White House

Johnny

these eateries are all over Miami and everybody buys food there. Who cares who the owner is!? There were thousands of people gathered there to greet Romney. To hear how Romney's going to apply his skill and expertise to unleah the economy, and propel this great nation forward into the 21st century. That's the important part of the story, which the writer completely missed

Tabias

Ha ha ha. When Obama is in Chicago he eats at a pizzaria owned by Capone himself :-P
how dye like that, huh!?

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.

honest man

and hes also a bolitero banker dam snitch no good want to be a good citizen hes just robbing hes own people

honest man

MR BERMUDEZ IS OWNER OF PALACIOS DE LOS JUGOS NOT PALACIO OF THE CHIVATOS NOW FATHER LIKE SON FIRST OF ALL TY MIAMI HERALD FOR STANDING UP AND SAYING THE TRUTH ABOUT A SCUM IN MIAMI THAT GIVES THE REAL WORKING CUBANS A BAD NAME THIS IS THE STORY OF REY BERMUDEZ SENIOR IN THE 80S HIS FIRST JOBWAS RECRUITING TOUGH TUGS IN MIAMI ESPECIALLY CUBANS PROMISING THEM 100THOUSAND DOLLARS FOR 6MONTHS TO FIGHT WITH THE ITALIAN MOB IN NEW YORK HE WAS JOSE MIGUEL BATLE THE CUBAN GODFATHER RIGHT HAND MAN HAD PEOPLE HIDING IN BASEMENTS IN NEW YORK READY FOR WAR AGAINST THE ITALIANS BUT ALL LIES THE ONES WHO MADE IT BACK REY BERMUDEZ NEVER PAID THEM THEIR FULL MONEY REY BERMUDEZ SENIOR WAS A MEMBER OF LA CORPORATION THAT WAS ONCE OWN BY THE CUBAN GOD FATHER THATS WHY TODAY I MEAN TODAY HES ONE OF THE BOLITA BANKERS THAT HAS SURVIVE IN THIS TOUGH ECONOMY DOING ILLEGAL THINGS LOOK AT HIS PASSPORT THE MEN OWNS PART OF CASINOS IN PERU ONCE OWN BY THE CUBAN GODFATHER NOW HES CONTROLLING ALL CROOKED SALES OF TOBACCO IN NICARAGUA ALSO BUT THATS WHY WE HAVE A BAD JUSTICE SYSTEM THIS MAN JUST GETS 3YEARS FOR OVER60MILLION DOLLAR EMPIRE OF DRUGS AND NUMBER BOLITAS EXCUSE MY WRITING THIS WAS A LONG TIME AGO AND ALSO MY WRITING BUT ITS ALL TRUE WHAT I MEAN

honest man

I MEANT NOW PALACIO OF THE CHIVATOS THATS WHAT IT SHOULD BE CALLED SORRY MY MISTAKE IM NEW AT THIS COMPUTER SYSTEM BUT ITS TRUE IT SHOULD BE CALLED PACIOS OF SNITCHES CHIVATONES

Ex Body guard

After reading all of these remarks on here, about Reinaldo Bermudez's criminal activities in Miami, Fl. What is not mentioned is his criminal activities and business associates in Clewiston, Fl. Some of these so called business associates, are just as corrupt as Bermudez.

Antonio Perez aka (Nikki, Slick Nick) is a very corrupt attorney who laughs at law enforcement and mocks our judicial system. His father was one of the biggest drug dealers Clewiston has ever seen. It's is apparen that the son is following in his footsteps.

Hato Potrero Farms, owned by Gustavo Perez is another close friend and so called business associate of Mr. Bermudez. Together this group of individuals are conducting crimes so organized it's being done right under local authorities noses.

The Secret service and all Law enforcement agency's should dig deep on these characters and keep a very close eye on them. We need to get these criminals of our streets before they continue with getting away with murder. I'm sure that after all these post people will start coming forward with information regarding there criminal activities.

curious

what solid proof do you have that HPF (or Perez individually) and Perez are involved in illicit activities? seems very vague to me for an anonymous post mr. boydguard. we'd all love to know details if you have any.

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