Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Fugitive Fundraiser For Obama Linked To Fast & Furious?

This is getting even more interesting (Pundit Press, via FreeRepublic).

Some developing news in the case of Juan Jose Rojas Cardona, who is a fugitive on drug and fraud charges. In 2009 it was discovered that he was involved in a plot to assassinate a rival and bribe Mexican officials.

This has gone public, as has his $200,000 in fundraising done for Barack Obama. Obama has now returned the money, but the scrutiny on Cardona continues. It now appears that Cardona's links to the organized crime world also ties him to the DEA, which ran Operation Fast and Furious. Cardona was allegedly involved with a top drug cartel across the border, which laundered millions with the help of the American government.

Just recently, his brother Carlos attempted to have Juan pardoned by the Democratic Party out of Iowa:

As recently as January of last year, one of Mr. Cardona’s brothers in Chicago, Carlos Rojas Cardona, arranged for the former chairman of the Iowa Democratic Party to seek a pardon from the governor for Pepe Cardona, according to prosecutors in that state. None was forthcoming.

Wikileaks exposed a US Consulate cable that showed five million dollars in bribes that the Cardona brothers had paid to Mexican politicians, and also exposed that they may be linked to the Beltran Leyva drug cartel.

The Consulate also added that the brothers Rojas Cardona may have ties to the cartel of the Beltran Leyva and PAN politicians.

"The smugglers, casino operators, and corrupt politicians form a triangle of self-protection, making it difficult for honest cops deal with organized crime. One way for the Mexican government break the cartels would review its policy on licensing of casino "concludes Williamson.

Last month Fox reported that the very same cartel was involved in a similar operation as Fast and Furious, run by the DEA. In this operation, the US helped the group (as well as a Colombian cartel) launder money in exchange for information.

The group of officials conducted at least 15 wire transfers to banks in the United States, Canada and China and smuggled and laundered about $2.5 million in the United States. They lost track of much of that money.
In his testimony, the DEA agent in charge of the operation says DEA agents posing as pilots flew at least one shipment of cocaine from Ecuador to Madrid through a Dallas airport.

The Cardona brothers were one of the most corrupt elements in the casino business in Mexico, bringing in millions of dollars. It is certainly possible that their involvement in the drug industry is far more than said. And considering their role in extortion and bribery, it is certainly possible that they were involved in Operation Fast and Furious or a related event.

Will Darrell Issa be able to find a link between the two?

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