It’s always nice when some of the big fish get caught and fried.
Let’s start with Robert Hanrahan, aka Bubba, 41, of Salinas, California. He’s going away for 31 years for meth and cocaine distribution.
According to his guilty plea, Hanrahan was a leader of Nuestra Familia, a violent gang inside California and federal prisons. Gang members controlled street-level Norteño gang members engaged in drug trafficking and violent crime. Several years ago, when Salinas police served a search warrant for controlled substances at a Salinas residence, they found Hanrahan and two pounds of methamphetamine, a pound of cocaine, drug ledgers, two digital scales, empty baggies, a stolen .40-caliber handgun, a 12‑gauge shotgun, and a rifle.
While Hanrahan’s Salinas drug case was pending, he fled to Mexico. Hanrahan finally was apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border.
Then there is Alvaro López Tardón, 39, of Miami Beach and Madrid, Spain. He was sentenced to a mere 150 years in prison. Also, a $14 million forfeiture money judgment and a $2 million fine were entered against him, and Tardón also forfeited luxury real estate, cars and bank accounts.
He was the head of an international narcotics trafficking and money laundering syndicate that distributed over 7,500 kilograms of South American cocaine in Madrid and laundered over $14 million in narcotics proceeds in Miami.
Next is Rogelio Guerrero, 46, a U.S. citizen residing in Mission, Texas. He was convicted of possession with intent to distribute large amounts of marijuana. He got a slap on the wrist — 235 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release.
Prosecutors said that Guerrero and his buddies used tractor-trailers to transport large quantities of marijuana from Mission to Houston, between 3,000 and 5,000 pounds of weed every few weeks. The government also said that Guerrero owned a 10,000-pound marijuana stash.
Sounds like more than casual toking.
Not a bad catch for the narcs. I say leave the casual pot smokers alone and go after the scum wads like those mentioned above. When they complete their long prison terms, if that time ever comes, maybe they can find legal employment and pay their fair share of taxes so the U.S. government can function properly.