Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Guilty Pleas in Zetas Trial Bribery Case

Borderland Beat
Three Mexican citizens pleaded guilty Wednesday to attempting to bribe a federal judge who was hearing a case on how the Zetas drug cartel laundered money by trading in American racehorses.
Franceso Colorado Cessa, son Francisco Colorado Cessa Jr. and business associate Ramon Segura Flores admitted they tried to arrange a $1.2 million bribe for District Judge Sam Sparks the day before he sentenced the senior Cessa for his role in the money laundering, U.S. Attorney Robert Pitman said in a statement. The men will remain in custody until sentencing.
Segura and Cessa’s son tried to arrange the bribe to get a more lenient sentence for the senior Cessa, who already had been convicted for his role in spending nearly $25 million to buy and sell 500 racehorses to launder drug money. The FBI and Austin police set up a sting after recording conversations between Cessa, 53, and his son at the Bastrop County Jail in which they discussed how to bribe Sparks.
 A confidential source made contact with Segura and introduced him to two undercover agents, an FBI agent and an Austin police officer, who said they could deliver the bribe. But they said it needed to be $1.2 million and include a $25,000 fee for the undercover agents. One of the agents said he could deliver a $250,000 down payment to the judge during a game of golf.
Cessa Jr., 25, relayed the plan to his father by telephone and they agreed to go forward with it, the complaint said.

Segura, 52, and Cessa Jr. demanded a signal from the judge, through use of a code word during sentencing, to prove that he had accepted the bribe before they would make a down payment. The undercover agents suggested “golf,” a word Sparks did not use while sentencing Cessa.
On the day of the sentencing, Segura testified for more than an hour and his attorneys presented extensive documentary and videotaped evidence about Cessa’s good deeds as a businessman in Veracruz. Sparks, who was unaware of the plan to bribe him, passed down the maximum punishment of 20 years in prison and federal agents arrested Cessa Jr. and Segura a few hours later.
The scheme to take proceeds from drug sales in the United States and launder them by purchasing American quarter horses was led by Jose Trevino Morales, the brother of the Zetas cartel’s two leaders. A jury in Texas found Morales guilty in May of investing $16 million of drug money in the buying, training and racing of horses across the Southwest.

There was no indication any other defendant in the horse racing case was involved in the attempt to bribe Sparks.
Source:AP

56 comments:

  1. Chapo was more dirty than the zetas

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  2. That dont fly as well in the u.s as well as it does in mexico especially the feds! Not sayin it dont happen but usually doesnt work out well for the criminal here!

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  3. Mexico learn a lesson, narcos do get prosecuted in US. Thank you obama, now let's go clean up the rest of Mexico.

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    1. Obama is a stupid fake puppet of the white power structure he is brainless wonder boy who has no accomplishments to his name just a modern day slave

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    2. Where do i start with your ignorant comment. The US is just if not more corrupt then Mexico.

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    3. Why are you thanking Obama for? You should be thanking the US court system, dumbass.

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    4. @601 hahaha dude seriously wat world are u living in? Mexicos corruption is comparable to all the countries in African. The US can't carry mexicos Corrupt jock strap. Top levels of mexican government is infiltrated by cartels. I'm Mexican and have pride but I'm not blind. People like u is why mexico is such a shithole. Wake up man!!!

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    5. All these Obama haters should move to Mexico since apperantly Mexico is a better country since Obama isn't running the show and somehow got "more corrupt" lol.

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    6. Start by prosecuting the Americans involved in the Kiki Camarena murder!

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    7. 509pm why not start by arresting caro quintero and the judge that he paid off to release him?

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    8. So you're saying operation fast and furious never happened? Dumbass americans, the world laughs at you

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    9. @11:46 p.m oh we know it happened and they may laugh at us but yet they keep comin here by the thousands from all over! Why is that? We may not always like our gvt but we r a resiliant ppl!!!

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    10. @11:46pm dafuq does fast n furious got to do with this lmao, I'm laughing at you dumbass

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  4. Sorry cartels your going to need more than $1.2 million in America.

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    1. I agree ten may have gotten some action though

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  5. Lets not get all holier than thou,and start the"it wouldn't happen in the US"shit,yeah it probably wouldn't cause judges are not exactly destitute in the US.Bribery can be found anywhere,and the justice system in the US is like any other,the more money you got the more justice you can get.So lets not get an hard on thinking how righteous we are in the US,cause we aint fuckin righteous.

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    1. We should just be happy rhat the US system has by far less corruption in the criminal justice system. Cops don't drive around pulling you over for bribes, or kidnap you for the local cartel!

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    2. Would rather be pulled over by a US cop than a mexican federale any day !!!

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  6. Don't want to rain in the parade of those saying that bribes are not as common in the US as in Mexico. As long as its not a case with media attention, a bribe is cheap here. Two of my high school friends got popped in Philli with 35 birds and were looking at 1 year per key. After $150Gs got "donated"($75K per head) to the judge's campaign, one got 4 years and his worker got eight. A high school friend got off with 6 months in the Harris County Jail on his 5th arrest(4 dope cases and one for throwing over $100Gs out the window during a police chase after a transaction). His attorney Paul Looney in Houston always knows the right person. I could go on and on but I thought i'd mention the cases of personal experience.

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  7. Whenever I hear of zorraz suffering I celebrate

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  8. Shut the hell up.quit commenting dumb loser gringosu don't know zip about any of it.boring losers gringo joto power.yagotit me foos time to lose.prison and hell in prison in hell and prison!all u gringos iz guilty dark secrets.prison and hell for da losers da regulars who think they're good

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    1. Someone translate to English pls

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    2. Joe No Nintendo!

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    3. Lol were you trying to write in Esperanto?

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    4. 1:13 Dammm dude. Something tells me you have velcro for shoelaces

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    5. 1037pm lmao that's classic comment

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    6. @1:13 a.m what the hell language are you speaking? Get your GED man!

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    7. Velcro shoelaces..... Hahahahahahahahahah!!!!!!!!

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  9. There ARE a few BILLIONAIRES in american prisons. Bribes don't work at the federal level. Worldcom CEO, martha stewart, Raj rajaratman etc all billionaires doing or did time

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    1. Bribes do work at the U.S. federal level but those billionaires were just as naive as you to KNOW how it workd.

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    2. There are some people that are honest and can't be bought!!! Lets hope it stays that way or else we will end up like Mexico!

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  10. sam sparks was my judge on may 13 2013 he was ok he has a reputation of screwing us illegals but since i soeak english perfectly he felt my pain as my wife and daughter cried in the court room i was only there for being illegal i got deported but i know sum people and im bacck like rick ross

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  11. Trust me it works on both sides they are as corrupt in the U.S as in Mexico just go to Arizona

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  12. Thats ENTRAPMENT ,get a lawyer!

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  13. March 13, 2014 at 1:13 AM

    Seriously, just trying to read your comment made me dizzy.

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  14. The Colorados forgot they were not in Mexico. Thank you Texas courts for delivering swift justice and show the cartel associates that they are no invincible.

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  15. Bribery just has a different name here its called "lobbying" the private prison system are the one doing a good part of it to get people in jail so they can account for spending of more tax dollars these lobbyist donate big percentages of legislators,senators as well as governers campaign budgets. Bribery in advance

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    1. America=white collar crime

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    2. PAC's have to report contributions. ALEC's use the tax exempt organization loophole to wine and dine politicians completely off the record. They can take lawmakers to the carrabean for lavish vacations and nobody knows what transpired. If I have Pacs buying country club level meals for me every day and ALEC's buying me lavish vacations that frees up thousands (or more) in my base salary. I legislate sweetheart deals for them and all with no bribe. Now I can point a crooked finger at corrupt Mexico.look it up. billmoyer.com/tag/alecexposed

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  16. only 15 federal judges have been accused of impeachable crimes, including bribery. fed courts have the highest standards in our judicial system .

    of the 15, eight were found guilty of something, could be bribery. In tex I think I remember one case, but I could be wrong about that.

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  17. That fat guy in the last picture looks like a Mexican Tommy Boy!

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  18. Im from Brown town and there my friends 80 % of our judges are on the take .....right Mr . Limas?

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  19. Yup, you are right about lobbying, it really is bribery in advance but it is legal, unethical, yes but legal no less, these turds tried to buy their way out of sentencing right then and there, not even using a lawyer, and that was dumb. Not only did they get their chain yanked, they pretty much paid the judge to give them the maximum penalty...you cant do that shit last minute, and to the guy who mentioned his friend had his lawyer make a donation in the judges re election coffer, you are exactly on point about how that works..thats what my lawyer said it was going into, but im sure he gave him less than half of what he said went in.. but thats how it goes. Fed
    Cases probably require more finesse and im sure it only works with white collar bullshit that no one is paying attention too. If it is a publicized case, forget about it. Waste of money and everyones time...

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  20. --all the mexican movers and shakers in the drug frafficking get paid for moving shit, that shit belongs to someone else, it apys the mexican mofos not even 10% of the profits, 90% goes to the big banks, global, european and chinese (in name).
    --john DeLorean never went to jail, all the iran-contra operators were pardoned by president george h w bush, the major cia boss supervising the operations while reagan was slobbering on nancy's lap.
    --the caleros never went to jail for helping steal the money that was suppossed to help the contras.
    --felix ismael rodriguez bush's puchacacas, never went to prison or trial or investigation fro drug trafficking, terrorism or mass murder in latinamerica.
    luis posada carriles, drug trafficker, mass murderer, terrorist never went to jail or court, protected by the US...
    --the worst drug traffickers in the world, the US, are not the worst drug traffickers in the world, they are just the fall guys, and like the dumbfucks they are, embrace the title dutifully.
    --by design, there are no laws to check or investigate any of this.
    --according to english protocol: never complain, never explain....
    and it works, e pluribus phuck 'em...
    these pinchis cholos de rancho went from milking cows by hand, to milking pemex by hand, to sucking z40's teat, to milking theirselves in an american jail, ha ha haaaaah, give my regards to big bertha...

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  21. Damn fool thought they were bribing some low class mexican judge, like the one in Matamoros, México

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  22. March 13, 2014 at 5:01 AM
    " i got deported but i know sum people and im bacck like rick ross"
    Don't slow ye roll brother,this gringo cool with ye.Saludos tio

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    1. 11:26 am, long time no see you B@RR3ND3RO!

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  23. March 13, 2014 at 1:00 PM
    "I'm Mexican and have pride but I'm not blind. People like u is why mexico is such a shithole. Wake up man!!!"
    I heard that dude,its not about anything else except what it is.

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  24. at 10:37 PM
    "1:13 Dammm dude. Something tells me you have velcro for shoelaces"
    Dude,you running for home with that one,,funny shit

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  25. I wish we could send them lobbysts motherf**kers to mexico or syria! We are sick to death of them greedy bastards here in the u.s!

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  26. @3:59 how do you know? it says anonymous, dang it, you must be connected to all the letters soup, i think now BB has been infiltrated by snowdon type spies, B@RR3ND3RO, you better hide!

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  27. hope pa's losing some wieght

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  28. da police make stops, give tickets, and they will skin your ass in court, all the fines they get on trumped up charges, help pay for new police stations and court houses all over the US, and keep the gestapos of the free world busy and occupied until needed for the all american beerhall putsch of the teabagger party, their nazi tea keeps fermenting until then...
    --the koch brothers and the ku-klux-klan keeps tending the flames of the devil's ideology, and we are expected to take our medicine, or else...

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