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Sweetwater commission candidate who bemoaned corruption accused of cocaine dealing

Jose Mejia

Via @DavidOvalle305

A Sweewater City Commission candidate who has bemoaned the town’s long history of political corruption was arrested Friday on allegations that he was dealing cocaine.

Jose Mejia, 29, was arrested at his Sweetwater home and charged with three counts of cocaine trafficking. Two other men, Christopher Laboy, 24, and Angel Bedecia Campo, 63, were also arrested and charged.

The arrest was made by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, which had help from Sweetwater police, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and Miami-Dade prosecutors. FDLE did not release details of the investigation, saying only that it began after agents got “information from a confidential source.”

Mejia was booked into a Miami-Dade jail late Friday. It was unclear if he had a defense lawyer.

The candidate maintained an active campaign website and Twitter page, but is not on Tuesday’s general election ballot. Sweetwater is not scheduled for an election until 2019. He is challenging Sweetwater Commissioner Manuel Duasso.

On his website, Mejia said Sweetwater was plagued “by political corruption and the fact that we keep voting for the same old individuals with a bunch of empty promises and no ambition.”

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