Mexican Marijuana Smuggler Who Targeted San Clemente and Laguna Beach Gets Punished

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A federal judge in Orange County has punished an international drug smuggler and human trafficker who targeted San Clemente, Laguna Beach and Dana Point as his points of illegal entry into the United States.

Sergio Ramos-Atondo, a 37-year-ol Mexican national, will serve 97 months in federal prison for his major role in the April 2011 attempt to bring 740 pounds of marijuana by panga-style boat to the waters off San Clemente.

The scheme involved using a hotel room at the San Clemente Inn as a staging point.

Atondo, who'd been caught in a previous scheme to smuggle illegal immigrants into Laguna Beach via boat, is one of seven defendants in the case that was solved by on-the-ball U.S. Border Patrol agents who are assigned to monitor suspicious, middle of the night boating activities off Orange County's coast.

U.S. District Judge Josephine Staton Tucker gave--Ramon Uriel Lizarraga Verdugo and Ramiro Gallegos--two other smugglers in the case 18 months and 33 months of incarceration, respectively.

The four remaining defendants, all represented by taxpayer-paid defense lawyers, await sentencing.

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ageofknowledge
ageofknowledge

Too bad we have to pay to incarcerate this guy. Why don't we just him on a raft and let the Navy use him for target practice.

Zak
Zak

The San Clemente inn has been full of hypes for the past 40 years, crack hoes turning tricks in the small rooms, the hallways smell of cheap wine mixed with vomit, it's addict central in south county and it's funny when I see tourist eating downstairs clueless on what the place is really about,Staging area" he had a plan and would have fit right in and made lots of friends, I still have nightmares about what I seen go on in that hell hole.

laguna beach dj
laguna beach dj

740 pounds of pot- not enough to last a week in Laguna!

Lima Islam
Lima Islam

just as Stephen said I am surprised that a person can profit $7759 in 4 weeks on the internet. have you read this web page http://133t.us/fr

Abekyotobear
Abekyotobear

And the typical illegal aliens getting free legal help complements of the taxpayers

Jack Grimshaw
Jack Grimshaw

Not sure what your agenda is, pal, but you're totally delusional/demented/deranged about the San Clemente Inn. They refuse you a room maybe?

mitch young
mitch young

"crack hoes turning tricks in the small rooms,"

Shit -- why wasn't I told? 

Steve
Steve

That's probably why they only gave him 3.68 days per pound. I wonder what the rate is for smuggiling people. 0.3 hrs per Kilo of Mexican?

Jack Grimshaw
Jack Grimshaw

Not enough for a DAY in Dana Point. How come nobody gave this guy my phone number? We'd've had a red carpet down at Baby Beach for him ...

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