House of Death Informant Files Lawsuit Against U.S. Government
Posted by Bill Conroy - July 4, 2011 at 7:05 pm NarcoNews
Former Mexican Cop Who Helped Oversee House in Juarez Used for Torture and Murder Claims ICE Still Owes Him Money
Ramirez Peyro is a former Mexican cop who rose to a very high level within a Juarez cell of the Vicente Carrillo Fuentes drug organization that was overseen by an individual named Heriberto Santillan Tabares. At the same time he was working as one of Santillan’s right-hand men, helping to oversee his criminal enterprises, including a house that served as a torture and killing chambers (the House of Death), Ramirez Peyro also was working as an informant for ICE, with his activities not only known, but also approved, by high-level officials within DOJ and the Department of Homeland Security, of which ICE is a part.
The Santillan cell that Ramirez Peyro served was responsible for murdering more than a dozen people between the summer of 2003 and early 2004 — most of whom were tortured first and then buried in the backyard of the House of Death in Juarez, a Mexican border city south of El Paso, Texas. Ramirez Peyro helped to arrange and even participated in some of those murders, according to public records.
Evidence of the U.S. government’s efforts to cover-up its complicity in that carnage was later exposed exclusively by Narco News in a series of stories pointing the finger at high-level officials within DHS and the DOJ. [See Narco News’ House of Death series, begun in 2004, at this link.]
Ramirez Peyro, was deactivated as an informant short time after the grisly scene at the House of Death came to light in early 2004 and in the wake of the Santillan organization threatening the life of a DEA agent and his family.
A February 2004 letter penned by the DEA Special Agent in Charge in El Paso, Sandalio Gonzalez, that made its way to then-U.S. Attorney Johnny Sutton, and was later obtained exclusively by Narco News, also helped to open the curtain on the House of Death.
“I am writing now to express my frustration and outrage at the mishandling of the Heriberto Santillan Tabares investigation that has resulted in the unnecessary loss of human life in the Republic of Mexico and endangered the lives of Special Agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and their immediate families assigned to the DEA office in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico,” DEA Commander Gonzalez states at the outset of the Feb. 24, 2004, letter, which is directed to the head of ICE in El Paso.
In the wake of the unraveling of the House of Death, Ramirez Peyro spent nearly six years behind bars, most of that in solitary confinement, fighting DHS’ efforts to deport him back to Mexico and to a certain death.
Border inspector gets 17 years in smuggling
Austin American Statesman
A former U.S. Customs and Border Protection inspector who accepted bribes to smuggle humans and drugs has been sentenced to 17 years in federal prison.
Prosecutors announced the sentence Wednesday for Luis Enrique Ramirez of Brownsville. Ramirez oversaw an inspection lane for vehicles.
Ramirez pleaded guilty in March to conspiring to transport illegal immigrants, bringing certain immigrants into the United States for financial gain, accepting bribes and possession with intent to distribute cocaine.
Investigators say the time frame was August 2005 through early 2009. Ramirez has been in custody since his October arrest.
Ex-probation officer admits to sexual assault
By Zeke MacCormack
Read more: http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local_news/article/Ex-probation-officer-admits-to-sexual-assault-1453356.php#ixzz1RPvhPD4e
BOERNE — A former Bexar County probation officer faces up to 30 years in prison after admitting Tuesday to sexually assaulting a minor girl over an eight-day period near the end of 2010.
William J. Hagan, 53, of Fair Oaks Ranch pleaded guilty to four charges of aggravated sexual assault of a child, and no-contest to one other identical charge, under a plea deal that was approved by state District Court Judge Keith Williams.
The sentencing agreement struck with prosecutor Lucy Wilke caps the possible punishment range at 30 years for Williams at a sentencing hearing set for Sept. 1.
Read more: http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local_news/article/Ex-probation-officer-admits-to-sexual-assault-1453356.php#ixzz1RPvXlI9L
Boynton Beach “Officer Of The Year” Suspected Of Drug Dealing
BOYNTON BEACH (CBS4) – Considered a role model by his peers and named “Officer of the Year” in 2010, Boynton Beach police officer David Britto has been charged with conspiring to sell more than 500 grams of methamphetamines between June 2009 and March 2011.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration announced the indictment Tuesday against Britto who joined the Boynton Beach police department in 2007. He also taught in the department’s Teen Police Academy, according to the Palm Beach Post.
Britto received the department’s highest honor last year for, among other things, using CPR to save a 2-year old girl who almost drowned in the family’s pool and helping to identify a man suspected of shooting two street preachers.
In a statement, Chief Matthew Immler said an internal affairs investigation into allegations against Britto is ongoing.
“The Boynton Beach Department vigorously polices itself, and this case is an example of how law enforcement roots out corruption from within its own ranks.”
Britto faces a potential life sentence if convicted.
Source: The Palm Beach Post
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