Laguna Beach Marijuana Boat Smugglers Confess To Federal Prosecutor

Categories: Court, Crime-iny

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The ole middle of the night boat smuggling ploy, huh?
A federal prosecutor has won guilty plea agreements from two of seven men arrested in February by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents for attempting to smuggle nearly 1,200 pounds of marijuana on a boat from Mexico to Laguna Beach.

Kevin Anthony Gilbert and Francisco Javier Chavez, both Los Angeles residents, acknowledge they agreed with co-conspirators to check into the Sandpiper Motel in Costa Mesa before driving in the middle of the night on Pacific Coast Highway to unload marijuana from a 30-foot panga boat headed to waters off Crystal Cove State Beach.

For their roles in the crime that was immediately unraveled by federal agents, Gilbert and Chavez (respectively born in 1980 and 1981) agreed to a pay of $1,000, according to an ICE report.

Sentencing guidelines call for a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison for both men, but that's an imaginary outcome especially given that they acknowledged guilt prior to a trial inside Orange County's Ronald Reagan Federal Courthouse.

U.S. District Court Judge David O. Carter will consider punishment recommendations from defense lawyers, the U.S. Probation Office and Assistant United States Attorney Vibhav Mittal, who is prosecuting the case.

All but one of the defendants are relying on taxpayer-funded criminal defense lawyers, according to court records.

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paullucas714
paullucas714 topcommenter

quick! Someone call Lou Correa!

paullucas714
paullucas714 topcommenter

A great need to reinforce our state rules on cannabis is direly needed. Prohibition, especially in California is such a waste. Legalized cannabis will basically make this kind of event a non issue and non existent.  

vegandawg23
vegandawg23 topcommenter

@paullucas714 Dispensaries and growers fought legalization and now have been shut down as a result. Screw them. Let them rot in jail. Didn't you see signs saying vote no to prop 19? They wanted to protect their monopoly. 

ethernot
ethernot

@paullucas714

Try not to be too hard on poor vegandouche; he's been cranky ever since they tore down the bridge he used to wait for goats under … ;-)

vegandawg23
vegandawg23 topcommenter

@paullucas714 @vegandawg23 Nothing to do with being against profits. Pretty sure that's how the current law is written. So my references to profit are in reference to that. Price fixing, price following (i'm gonna charge what you charge) etc is anticompetitive, anticonsumer and illegal no matter what the product. Anyone who is a consumer should be against anticompetitive behavior. Conservative or liberal. There is no free market here. You don't have free entry and exit (partly due to federal forfiture laws)and dispensaries want to keep it that way. Agree with you on the beer thing but dispensaries don't. They are in the way of progress here. They don't want to see farmers in the central valley growing by the bushel and selling for a fraction of what things are going for now. They don't want open air markets where growers can sell directly to the consumer like they do in seattle. So excuse me if i don't feel sorry for them when they get put in jail. 

paullucas714
paullucas714 topcommenter

@vegandawg23 @paullucas714 

Youre stuck on the issue of price and profits etc ec.  Ive never once commented on the prices profits etc. Although I never could figure out how conservatives who are the ones opposed to legalization in any way, are somehow opposed to free market profits. I shouldnt have any more difficulty getting cannabis than I have in getting a six pack f beer. And I sure as shit shouldnt b facing any prison time or life destroying felonies over cannabis.

vegandawg23
vegandawg23 topcommenter

@paullucas714 @vegandawg23 You forgot tax evaders and illegal for profit dispensary owners. Sad that good places charging low prices and even lower ones for patients with serious need are babies getting thrown out with the bathwater but it's bound to happen given current practices. I'm a libertarian for the most part (agree with national health care, restrictions on immigration, antiabortion is my only difference with libertarian party but still voted for Johnson for President)  and think full legalization needs to happen. None of this medical BS. No limits on growing, possession what is a essentially a plant people have had a symbiotic relationship with for thousands of years. Growers and dispensaries in league with an overreaching government are against this. Hopefully another prop gets on the ballot soon and we follow the example of Washington and Colorado. However communities will still get to enforce who gets a business license and where. No getting around that. Even with legalization you can't open up a liquor store whereever you want. Should be similar to selling beer. You can make or keep as much as you want at home but have community control where it's sold/consumed in public. 

paullucas714
paullucas714 topcommenter

@vegandawg23 

If you can find a single comment where I uphold anyones prices Ill give you five bucks. My only beef is the war on cannabis whose casualties face long prison terms and life destroying felonies while frauds, embezzlers, bank robbers, child molesters, and crazy cops get off with little more than probation and misdemeanors.

vegandawg23
vegandawg23 topcommenter

@paullucas714 @vegandawg23 If I were a cop I'd tell you. I'm anonymous on here so why would it be a secret or why would I care. I'd be making fun of you and saying i'm going to shut down the other dispensaries. You think cops are allowed to post on forums at work during the day? Your comments are defending dispensary owners and growers charging absurd prices. Other than that I'm on your side regarding legalization. The growers aren't. The dispensaries aren't. Not sure why you don't get that. They want black market because they want to charge black market prices. Get it? Maybe you aren't following my comments closely and didn't catch this one. 

"Less cops is a good thing. Saw them give someone a jaywalking ticket downtown a few weeks ago. They were giving the guy a hard time and yelling at him disrespectfully. Guy was wearing a flat brimmed hat and had tattoos so I laughed at him but feel bad about it now. Weren't even any cars coming. Apparently there's too many cops and they don't have enough to do. "

Think cops are nothing more than overpaid revenue gatherers for a bankrupt liberal state. Feel sorry for them at times but sorry I'm not one. 

paullucas714
paullucas714 topcommenter

@vegandawg23 @paullucas714 

every comment you make on the issue of cannabis is one from the point of view of a narcotics officer. And I don't own a dispensary, nor am I a grower. Im a cannabis patient who thinks people should be able to use as much cannabis as the choose just like they can use alcohol to their hearts content.

And most people who are not cops don't use the acronym LE, or LEO like you do.

vegandawg23
vegandawg23 topcommenter

@paullucas714 @vegandawg23 Why would you say that? You own a dispensary and campaign against legalization? You a grower that doesn't want an easy to grow plant cause your prices to drop? What have I said that makes you think i'm LE? Pretty clear you're on the side of the industry and not on the consumers. 

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