Sunday, April 19, 2015

Case Connected to the Flores Twins: Saul Rodriguez sobs after 40 year sentenced imposed

Lucio R. Boarderland Beat republished from Chicago Sun Times

 This is one of two related posts I am posting back to back

Informant who teamed with Chicago narc to kidnap and rip off other drug dealers, including the Flores Twins who betrayed Chapo Guzman


Ruthless, feared drug dealer Saul Rodriguez gets 40 years in prison sobs for 10 minutes

Once one of Chicago’s most feared criminals, Saul Rodriguez cried like a baby Friday before he was sentenced to 40 years in prison for leading a ruthless kidnapping crew.

Rodriguez, 39, was involved in the killings of at least three people — including his best friend, federal prosecutors say. The sentence was the maximum Rodriguez faced under a deal with prosecutors.

Rodriguez sobbed for more than 10 minutes, brushing away tears with tissues, as he apologized to his victims and his family.

“I don’t want to do bad no more,” he said.

Rodriguez said he found God in jail and wants to become an ordained minister behind bars.

His attorneys asked for the minimum of 30 years in prison, but U.S. District Judge Joan Gottschall said that would be a disservice to the victims.

Before the sentencing, the sister of one of Rodriguez’s murder victims urged Gottschall to give him the stiffest prison term possible. Angelica Luevano said Rodriguez had pretended to mourn her brother Juan Luevano at his funeral in June 2000. Rodriguez ordered Luevano’s shooting in Cicero because Luevano dated Rodriguez’s ex-girlfriend, prosecutors said.

“Every time I think about it, it makes my stomach churn,” Angelica Luevano said.

“Why did you take his life away?” she asked Rodriguez, who sat at the defense table in an orange jail uniform with his feet shackled. “My brother looked up to you like a brother.”

A kidnapping victim’s relative also read a statement in which he described the terror of being abducted for an $800,000 ransom in 2003. Jimmy Lopez, who owned a North Side rim shop, asked his kidnappers to call his friend Rodriguez to pay the random. Little did he know that Rodriguez arranged the abduction.


Lopez recalled trying not to vomit in the plastic bag his kidnappers placed over his head, because he feared he would suffocate.

“None of this is easy to forget,” Lopez’s statement said, adding that he hopes the government will order Rodriguez to repay the $800,000 that Lopez spent on his ransom.

Lopez’s statement was in jarring contrast to the testimony given by Rodriguez’s former attorney, Jeff Steinback, who told the judge that Rodriguez found new faith in jail. He acknowledged Rodriguez “sunk to the lowest depths” with his “shocking” crimes. But he said Rodriguez now wants only to make amends to his victims and underwent a sincere religious conversion.

Steinback recalled visiting Rodriguez in jail and having the criminal take his hands and pray for the recovery of Steinback’s young granddaughter, who was suffering from leukemia.

Steinback urged the judge to sentence Rodriguez to 30 years in prison to give him hope to continue on a path toward redemption.

“He has never stopped crying, he has never stopped aching and never will,” the well-regarded defense attorney said.

To save himself from the death penalty, Rodriguez ratted out the rest of his crew, cutting a deal with prosecutors that limited his sentence to 40 years in prison.

Rodriguez’s criminal career took off in the late 1990s, when he was an informant for the Chicago Police Department. He was paid about $800,000 for tips against rival drug dealers.

Rodriguez became a partner-in-crime with his police handler, narcotics Officer Glenn Lewellen, who protected Rodriguez from law enforcement and eventually helped him rip off and kidnap other dealers.

Lewellen, who retired from the department in 2003, was among the members of Rodriguez’s kidnapping crew who have gone to prison on federal charges filed in 2009.

Rodriguez and his crew ripped off at least 29 other dealers, kidnapping many of them for ransom, authorities say. Among their kidnapping victims was Pedro Flores, who was released after his twin brother, Margarito, paid a ransom of cocaine worth at least $1.5 million in the summer of 2003.

The twins, considered the biggest drug dealers in Chicago history, were supplied by the powerful Sinaloa cartel in Mexico. They decided to become informants for the Drug Enforcement Administration, helping lead to the arrest of Sinaloa boss Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman — the U.S. government’s most-wanted man until his arrest last year in Mexico.

Last year, the Flores brothers each received a 14-year prison term — a huge break considering the tons of cocaine they imported into the United States. Unlike Rodriguez, though, prosecutors did not present any evidence they were personally involved in murder or other violent crimes.
Lewellen

Chicago bad cop prays with eyes closed as judge imposes 18 year sentence

By Lucio R. Borderland Beat

As for Officer Glenn Lewellen, now 59 years old, was convicted by a jury for federal drug conspiracy in 2012.

Although he faced life in prison, and prosecutors asked for a minimum of 30 years, on 2013 he was sentenced to 18 years.

Just prior to the judge announcing his sentence, the crooked cop closed his eyes and held his hands up as if praying.

His attorney asked for a 10 year sentence.  Although the sentence was higher, it seemed to please Lewellen as he turned and gave the thumbs up sign to his family.  18 years in federal prison is more or less 16 years with good time deductions.

Lewellen, Rodriguez and their team of thugs, for over a decade, kidnapped, tortured,  and robbed, mostly drug dealers but were not above doing the same to victims not involved with crime. 

One victim was a 68-year-old grandmother.



To read additional posts with greater detail about this case, here are 3 posted on BB from 2012

Twins who Betrayed Chapo
Chicago Cocaine Kingpin
Chicago Twins who Betrayed Chapo 



56 comments:

  1. Another crybaby? What is it with these crybaby killers?

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    1. Mamas boys are the most violent kind of men and they are the ones that cry the most when things get bad!

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  2. Everybody and there mother want to become ministers once they get locked up and killed and tortured people. Mejor que se la lamben a la ley.

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  3. Hahaha do we have that crying on news reports? Hahaha man i tell u bunch of jotos! Man up bitches!

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  4. I been locked up and people in county waiting for their sentence allways turn christian, Catholic, or pray to allah they get released. as soon as they leave the correction facility they leave without their bible and their belief in god. I seen it myself . This selfish backstabing Rodriguez is something else, worse than scum!

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  5. The article states a shooting in Cicero. Isn't Cicero in Chicago an Italian mob stronghold? Why would they let these Mexicans carry out an unsanctioned hit on the guy? That brings heat from all levels of law enforcement to the area.

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    1. Italian mob? Lol this isnt the Prohibition times. Mexican dealers own the streets.

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    2. Lol oh my goodness!!! This has to be the funniest shit I've read on bb or online period. Hahahahahahahahahahhaahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha this is to fucking funny. Let's ask Al Capone if he green lighted the hit. Hahahaha lmao

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    3. Its called the Chicago outfit n they aren't strong like they used to be and they only sanction hits for the ppl associated with them. Whether its a made member or an associate but other than that they have no say in murders outside of their world. Unless u kill or kidnap one of them. I've always wondered how someone would initiate the conversation to a cop about doing dirty work for u n with u or what percent he would get

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    4. I'd guess the cop probably initiated the conversation. Their relationship most likely started with pay offs and lead to more devious activities.

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    5. Ha ha this guy thinks its the 1930s thinking the italian mob is big and powerfull in the usa like before.

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    6. Historically, from the time it was founded in 1870 until 1990, the population of Cicero, Illinois consisted almost entirely of whites (99%-75%) who traced their ancestry back to Eastern European countries. Since Cicero is located on the edge of Chicago, a number of criminal figures relocated to the town during the 1920's to evade Chicago law enforcement agencies. Including Al Capone, who set up his headquarters in Cicero. In 1951, Cicero was the scene of a race riot when the apartment building, that an African-American family had recently moved into, was attacked and set on fire.
      Beginning In the 1980's, Cicero began experiencing a dramatic shift in its demographics as large numbers of Latinos began moving into the city. Presently, almost 80% of Cicero's population is Latino. Still, only 1% of the population is African-American.

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    7. Closes thing they got to Al Capone was the wanna be Outfit wedding

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    8. Tony Accardo, suspect in the valentine's day massacre just died by the time the mexicans started taking over crime in Cicero, the Chicago suburb now full of mexicans, and durango me people...
      Harry "the hook" Aleman(durango father) also died not long ago, after a meritorious life with the outfit, wiping his ass with the law and law enforcement for a long time...
      I only miss The Turf bar, but never went to The Cypress bar across the street...
      --Con tantos mexicans en Cicero now, no se la van a acabar...

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    9. So in other words its ruined beyond belief,and sensible people got out..

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    10. I live near the town of cicero those days are long gone of any Italian mob influence the town is now mainly Hispanic mexican and yeah of course they have a wanna be mob type mayor or president Larry Dominick who runs the town only because the very few old timers that have live there forever before Hispanics came on board put him In there by voting him in you know the majority of Mexican paisas won't vote but yeah back in the days it was very much Italian mob influenced also Southside of chicago , Elmwood park and Bridgeport gone are the days of old now you have Gangs running things and if their are very few mafia of Italian origin they are very low key only mafia running gangs are mexican mafias and are low key even though we know who has the influence in chicago.

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    11. Mas poderosos que Al Capone a nosotros nos llaman los Zetonez!

      South Side Chicago Zeta Mafia

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  6. This is some good stuff!!!!

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  7. los dos pinche culeros

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  8. Kidnappings? Narco executions?
    Wait a minute was there an error in reporting this? I thought, according to BB Captain America gun mob posters, this doesn't occur in the good ol' USA. Hmm, well it does more than you think. And where are the "will be waiting for them here in the USA with our guns?" Where were you folks when this was occuring?

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    1. Crazy shit is at a different level..in mexico they take your shit that means WHAT ever they want , that includes cars wife property regardless of affiliates ...here in america you can still call 911 and the good guys are the ones in blue.....in mexico there is no one to call...usually Americans feel confident because they have guns, which to a certain extent provide safety and security. But in mexico an individual cannot fight a cartel alone.....Look what happened to the old man in tamaulipas, alejo....he got killed and no body gives a shit....so yeah I believe that if narcos go to an American household and they try to take their kids or wife , there is a possibility of a gun fight because they are still able too....for how long not sure, cause as we speak they are proposing to out law guns...

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    2. @1155 I call bullshit on your comment cuz 601 has a fucking point ! I see it all the fucking time myself here on BB, good old USA's corner of the Internet where bashing Mexico, and conveniently leaving out the obvious corruption and collaboration in the USA, seems to be a prerequisite to actually have your comment published by moderators.

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    3. Ok let me start by posting some facts, I lived in mexico for about 20 years , literally there is no law...here I'm america I have lived the other years and there is safety, just dial 911 you have police cars in like 10 minutes....I give you an interesting fact, a friend or more Iike a neighbor in mexico his daughter got literally taken by force and he had no guns, cause they are illegal the cops never showed up, literally. We had a few beers ever since and I asked him if you had a gun or rifle would you have fought it out??? He starts to shake with anger, so I guess the answer was yes....by the way the state was michoacan, so how's is that bullshit ,I would buy you a ticket to michoacan so you can live on my house for free for a year, with the condition you take your family with you and I bet you see shit with diferent view. ..fuck you. Calling my comment bs...

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    4. @231am, bashing mexico, you must be on drugs , I was a born and raised mexican until , I became an American by choice so yeah....I called you out to come and live in mexico for free for a whole year, bring your family and I'll buy tickets and free housing for a solid year so you can see with your eyes , what is like to live wild west...

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    5. I am a Canadian journalist living in Mexico for the past 25 years and yes, to say 'crime happens everywhere', i.e. in the States or Canada as well as Mexico is mind bogglingly naive. Apples and oranges. There is no help or recourse in Mexico when something happens, and less than 1% of criminals, i.e. kidnappers and murderers, are ever caught and arrested. And an even lower number actually gets sentenced - the big media splash the arrest - often whoever happens to be unlucky enough to be around at the time...I love Mexico, but is it safe? No, not for Mexicans, especially.

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    6. @8:53PM (Canadian jurnalist)

      Who are you directly responding to?
      I'm the one who wrote the first comment (6:01pm) and my whole point was directed at BB posters who frequently write that kiddnapings /narco execution don't and won't happen in the USA because people have guns. Absolutely nothing that you wrote or that the other poster wrote (11:55pm) has anything to do with the point of my original comment.

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  9. There is no Italian mob in Chicago anymore. LOL.

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  10. Por que muchos mexicanos y mexico-americanos tratan de imitation el look de los reggaetoneros si todos parecen putitos???

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    1. que menso estas los mexicanos no imitamos a nadie. los reggaetoneros se visten como los chavos de ahora si esos pendejos ya tienen mas de 40 no mames wey.

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    2. Now they look like putotes de a metro.

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  11. LOL. Locked up until 2055. Spend your $ on new sneakers in prison and walk around with your shirt off and your pants sagging....Your a gangster now.

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  12. Hahaha none of you LEO nuthuggers have anything to say about this dirty cop! Let me guess? He's the exception right! Of course!

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    1. One dirty cop, one! And he is gone, gone!
      Yeah, yeah yeah...
      He, dirty cop didn't snitch on anyone else, right? Life goes on, and on, and on...

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    2. You cretin,the dirty cop is the worst of the lot,but you didn't mean that did you hermano?You meant something else?

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    3. Dirty cops are the rule not the exception don't get it twisted

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  13. The outfit is ver well alive and around in Chicago!

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  14. His lawyers asked that he be given 30 years MINIMUM? Sounds like some pretty bad lawyers, or you made a typo and meant maximum.

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    1. that is in the original sun times article

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    2. 30 years is the lowest sentence he could have received, so that's what they asked for

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  15. Cries like a little girl... that is what the Courthouze Guards said... looks like he's not so tuff.

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    1. Anonymous people cry in BB all the time, ???!

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    2. You mean cries like a child?

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    3. He Cried like a BABY... that is what article says... Rodriguez CRIED for more than 10 minutes.

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  16. hopefully he get 40 years of psychological torture, he's dehumanized and loses his sanity and gets married in prison to another inmate who makes saulita his bitch.

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    1. You are just as "dehumanized" as he for wishing such bad things on him. He is paying his debt to society. Why don't you go live your life and stop worrying about his?

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    2. @ 6:25 I agree the above poster took it too far but this guy be getting life without parole.

      This article clearly states "Rodriguez, 39, was involved in the killings of AT LEAST three people — including his BEST FRIEND, federal prosecutors say."

      And he's probably killed a lot more if people like the Flores brothers were afraid of him. He then snitched on the people who helped him with his crimes. He's scum

      There's no way this guy should have any chance at seeing the outside of prison walls again.

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    3. They are all like that.No honour among thieves.

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    4. hey @625....are u nuts?!! paying his debt to society. If this bitch wasn't stopped imagine how many more ppl he would have killed. You are a pathetic liberal. I fully agree with @946. I personally hope he is dehumanized! you can't even imagine what he has done and has not been charge with. Hope someone guts him like the pig he is. I have no mercy on his bitch ass. Think about all the victims in this how if it was your family he murdered? You gonna preach forgiveness to him? he was never going to change until he was 1) killed himself or 2) this happened. Fuck him may the Devil stick a fiery of fire up his ass for all eternity and as long as he breathes on earth in this life.

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  17. He Cried like a BABY... that is what article says... Rodriguez CRIED for more than 10 minutes, brushing away tears with tissues.

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  18. The relationship this guy had with the cop reminds me of the relationship that Epifanio Mercado aka "Eppy" had with El Monte PD Officer Santos about a decade ago or so! Similar crimes!

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    1. 9:23pm
      Thank you for providing that info. There's a lot of similar stories like that here in usa.

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    2. That guy was shot dead in Lynwood CA around 3 weeks ago..you must be from the SGV to know who that person is.

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    3. SPEAK ON IT... you talk like you know something. I would like to hear your story. "Epi" RIP was my cousin.

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    4. Google it, LA Times had a little article

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  19. May Saul rot, Like he sat with me and watched my late ex be put in jail all with his and Glenn doing.Robbed and raided my home stole my personal belongings. Cold sick bastard to betray and destroy your friends lives and others. Stalked me fkn crooks words cant describe my hate for this fkr.

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