The Laundry Man by Kenneth Rijock ( Penguin/Random House UK)

Saturday, September 6, 2014


My distaste for sentencing judges who pronounce extremely light sentences for bulk cash smugglers, caught attempting to move drug profits into Mexico, continues, but I did see one recently that fit the crime. Carlos Mercado, who reportedly was moving money for the Zetas, receive a five year sentence, notwithstanding his guilty plea, in US District Court* in Waco, Texas. This type of sentence could deter the potential casual bulk cash smuggler candidate from participating in what they generally believe is any easy way to make money.

When a judge gives out a short sentence, or house arrest, or even Probation, for bulk cash smuggling, it just encourages others.  Five years could act as a deterrent.

* United States vs. Mercado, Case No.: 13-cr-309-WSS (WD TX). 

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