- Jul 5, 2004
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Caramba!...the "poor widdle Mexican" turns out to be a scumbag drug dealer after all.
Official: Mexican Drug Runner Shot by Border Agents Smuggled More Drugs Into U.S.February 28, 2007
Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., presented new evidence in a Capitol Hill press conference Wednesday that revealed what he says was U.S. Attorney Johnny Sutton's deliberate attempt to mislead the public about Osbaldo Aldrete-Davila's involvement in the transport of a second load of drugs in October 2005.
Aldrete-Davila testified before a jury that former Border Patrol Agents Jose Compean and Ignacio Ramos shot him in February 2005 as he tried to run away from them near the U.S.-Mexico border in Texas. He was given immunity from prosecution in March 2005 for his cooperation in that investigation and subsequent trial, which culminated last year.
The Mexican was smuggling more than 700 pounds of marijuana into the United States at the time. Compean and Ramos were convicted last year and are serving 11 and 12 years, respectively, in separate federal prisons for the non-fatal shooting.
But the Drug Enforcement Agency found that Aldrete-Davila brought in another vanload of drugs into the United States while he waited to testify against the agents. Some reports say he stashed up to 750 pounds of marijuana at a house in Clint, Texas.
Rohrabacher said Sutton knowingly presented a false picture of the primary witness in the case.
"The U.S. Attorney's Office presented to the jury and presented to the public as if this guy Davila was a benign, hapless Mexican man who had just been recruited to drive a truck in order to raise money for medical expenses for his mother," Rohrabacher told FOXNews.com.
"Had the jury known that there were indications that he was a professional and he lied to his handlers even after they had granted him immunity for the first time, his testimony would have been worthless and it also suggests that he was more likely to have been carrying a weapon."
One of the border agents claimed they may have seen a weapon in Aldrete-Davila's hand during the incident. But the prosecutor said there was no evidence that he had a gun.
Aldrete-Davila was given immunity by the U.S. government and also received a border crossing card to come to and from Mexico to get free medical care in the United States for a bullet lodged in his body. Rohrabacher's office said it's unsure how many times Aldrete-Davila crossed the border during this time.
But the congressman says evidence has emerged that Sutton's office was notified by the DEA of Aldrete-Davila's direct involvement in the second offense but that it was ignored.
"The second offense goes just to the heart of the credibility of the Justice Department's primary witness against Compean and Ramos," Rohrabacher told FOXNews.com.