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Thursday, April 21, 2011
Bumbling Texas Ranger, Lawyer Screwed by Client, Police Chief Busted
Drug Trafficker sold out Laredo Lawyer
From San Antonio Express-News
A Laredo lawyer who pleaded guilty last week to a racketeering charge was sold out by a Houston-based drug trafficker with connections in Mexico and across the U. S., according to court documents.
Alonzo Ramos, a 40-year-old attorney from a politically connected Laredo family, pleaded guilty in a Dallas federal court to one count of interstate travel in aid of racketeering.
According to his plea agreement, Ramos acted as an intermediary between the Houston trafficker, who was facing charges in Louisiana, and other traffickers who wanted him to keep quiet. Ramos gave the trafficker $48,500 in drug proceeds not to snitch, according to the plea agreement.
A former San Antonio police officer who had been sentenced to a five-year prison term for stealing from fellow officers was ordered released on Thursday.
Clifford Morgan served about six months behind bars. State District Judge Ron Rangel had suggested during his sentencing in October that he might consider shock probation.
Investigators believe Lupita Cantu was interred, but where?
By Guillermo X. Garcia
Updated 12:01 a.m., Sunday, April 17, 2011
The mysterious disappearance of Lupita Cantu was supposed to be over — with a long-suspected tragedy confirmed, her body recovered at long last.
Instead, the uncertainty has only deepened. Cantu's remains have been identified. But in an irony decades in the making, she still can't be found.
Cantu, 42, a West Side mother of four, drove off in April 1990 with a bearded man nobody knew or had seen before or since. In early March, a Texas Ranger announced a breakthrough: DNA technology and old-fashioned police work had determined Cantu was buried in Frio County as an unidentified Jane Doe not long after she disappeared. The case was an active homicide investigation.
But in the weeks that followed, authorities acknowledged a startling fact. They can't locate the pauper's grave in the Pearsall cemetery where the then-unidentified woman was supposed to be buried — or even confirm that she was interred.
“We thought this finally (was) a conclusion for the family,” said Frio County Judge Carlos A. Garcia. “Then the Rangers tell me that neither the coroner nor the funeral home or the county knows where the body is ... It is a very sad and unfortunate situation and I feel for the family.”
Officials are still trying to track what happened to that body, but misplaced county records and the passage of time have left only the bare outline of a series of possible blunders.
By coincidence, Ranger Lt. Rocky Millican, who had investigated the body found a few miles outside Pearsall, was the one who told Frio County officials and the family about the identification breakthrough. But when he tried to find the grave, he got nowhere.
The body had been taken to then-Bexar County Medical Examiner Vincent deMaio for an autopsy but the owner of the mortician's delivery service is deceased and the business no longer exists.
The discovery of the body apparently never generated a death certificate, as the law requires. Authorities can't say why.