Thursday, November 15, 2007

Drug smuggler shot by Ramos, Compean arrested in Texas

Osvaldo Aldrete Davila, the drug smuggler who was shot in the buttocks two years ago by U.S. Border Patrol agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Alonso Compean, was arrested on drug charges in El Paso, Texas on November 15.

Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General agents arrested Aldrete on a sealed indictment charging him with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute marijuana, and with possession with intent to distribute marijuana back in September and October 2005. The incidents occurred after Aldrete was shot and was given immunity to testify against the agents, who are each serving over 10 years. U.S. Attorney Johnny Sutton, who prosecuted Ramos and Compean, had been criticized for not going after Aldrete earlier. Sutton said he was "pleased" to announce the recent arrest.

U.S. Border Control has uncovered the fact that Sutton misused a law in the prosecution of that case. Sutton’s office charged Ramos and Compean with “discharging” a firearm when that was not even an element of the crime charged. Sutton would be required by law to charge the agents with illegally carrying, possessing, or using a firearm, but a jury would never have convicted active duty officers of that crime since in the line of duty, officers are required to carry, posses, and use firearms.

Aldrete's immunity agreement only covered the February 2005 incident. His first court appearance will be Friday, November 16.

1 comment:

  1. Johnny Sutton covered up the fact that this man had been caught a SECOND time duirng the trial of the border agents....intentionally denying to the jury knowledge that would have significantly affected the jury's opinion of the credibility of this man.

    As far as I am concerned, Sutton forfeited his right to a career in public service with this one. I wouldn't elect the bastard dogcatcher.

    I hope when Hillary gets in, she boots this son of a bitch out promptly.


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