“For tourists Cuba is beautiful. But for us living there, it’s so hard.”
Joel, 29, agreed. A chemist by trade, he arrived in Miami a month ago and is still waiting for his American work permit. But he was confident things would be better.
“I earned a good salary in Cuba – $20 a month,” he said. “But here I can send money back to my mum and build a future for me.”
Daily Archives: December 28, 2015
11 Stallion Trail reports a contract. Last asking price was $2.950 million, though I’m guessing it’s going for less than that, and significantly below its opening price last April of $4.849 million. The owners paid $2.3 for it in 1987.
Stallion Trail has never been one of my favorite streets, but it is certainly convenient to the Merritt, and just six miles down North Street to the top of Greenwich Avenue. The listing claims that the house was “renovated” in 2015, although, as the house was on the market most of the year, I wouldn’t think all that much renovation was accomplished.
Designed by Norman Jaffe, an architect known in the 1970s and 80s for his Long Island beach houses, and whose last public appearance on this earth was made by his pelvic bone, which washed up on a Southhampton beach in 1993.
That’s great news, of course. Can we now stop admitting that country’s refugees?
54 Shore Road (towards Stamford), listed 12/21/2015, reports a contingent contract. $2.765 million.
UPDATE: Or not – seems to be just a reshuffling of ownership entities, but if so, why is it on the MLS? Beats me.
On line sellers of cow patties are witnessing booming demand as nostalgic city dwellers bring back the fuel of their youth. Jeffrey Bozo, official spokesman for Amazon India, told FWIW that, for now, the company has no plans for importing the patties to the US. “Too much competition from horse shit here,” Bozo said, “what with Washington in session and the presidential campaign heating up. Besides, we’ve been warned by our Vice President of multi-cultural values and sensitivity that, as a white-owned business, we’d be guilty of cultural appropriation.
“Still, the stuff is organic, so if we don’t sell it, you know Whole Foods will.”
$5.250 million, on a final asking price of $5.750 million (never hurts to offer less). Very nice house on 10 acres, but it started at $7.8 million many, many moths ago (early 2014), and that was just too much for property that, while technically “in Conyers Farm”, as the listing says, is actually beyond the pale (in the original sense of that term).
Hysterical article here on local cops playing international super sleuths by running a sting (well, trying to run) on Venezuelan drug cartels. No relevance to anything else, but very funny. Also very reminiscent of our country’s own Attorney General Eric Holder and his “Fast and Furious” gun running operation, except that these guys didn’t have the president to cover for them,
Instead of enlisting the help of federal agents, the officers from the small community embarked on a series of laundering arrangements that were never revealed to the federal government.
For two years starting in 2010, they funneled millions in drug money into the bank accounts of Venezuelans, including William Amaro Sanchez, now special assistant to President Nicolás Maduro. The stated goal: to disrupt criminal groups.
“They had no authority to do what they were doing,” said Felix Jimenez, former chief inspector of the Drug Enforcement Administration. “They were just lucky that when they were picking up all this money, nobody got killed.”
Federal agents for the U.S. attorney’s office in Chicago are investigating the money laundered by the Tri-County Task Force, a partnership between Bal Harbour and the Glades County Sheriff’s Office, including $2.4 million kept by the police for brokering the deals.
“It’s absurd. You’re a Bal Harbour police officer, your jurisdiction is local,” said Jimenez, the former chief DEA agent in New York. “They were just laundering money for the sake of laundering money.”
The Miami Herald examined hundreds of confidential records of the task force, as well as emails, bank records and Venezuelan passports, and found at least 20 people from the South American country who were sent drug money.
At every turn, the officers — working from a rented trailer — turned an undercover sting into an international operation that broke every provision of undercover work to bring in laundering deals.
The first payments started like the others: Officers traveled to New York to pick up drug cash. Instead of sending the money to Miami export shops — the local targets — they were directed by money brokers to wire the dollars into Panama banks.
Again and again, the police sent money in a flurry of transactions. In one deal, the police picked up a black duffel bag filled with hundreds of thousands in Rhode Island in May 2010, with directions: Move the money overseas.
IT’S ABSURD. YOU’RE A BAL HARBOUR POLICE OFFICER, YOUR JURISDICTION IS LOCAL. THEY WERE JUST LAUNDERING MONEY FOR THE SAKE OF LAUNDERING MONEY. Felix Jimenez, former DEA chief inspector
In all, the task force sent the Cedenos $2.5 million in at least four dozen payments, but never opened a case. In doing so, the police violated strict federal bans on sending illegal money overseas, said Jimenez, now a law enforcement consultant with Idea International Group in Miami.
Jimenez said only the Justice Department can allow law enforcement agents to wire drug money into other countries. “They should have known better,” said Jimenez, once the third highest ranking DEA member. “Who gave them the authority?”
One South Florida lawyer who specializes in money-laundering cases said the police were operating so far out of their realm, they were incapable of carrying out an international investigation.
“I can’t think of a more podunk town than Bal Harbour — not in a bad way. But in the sense that these cops would have otherwise been stopping traffic or shooting radar,” said Ruben Oliva, who has represented alleged narco-traffickers since the 1980s. “In reality they were being launderers. The minute they started doing busts, it would have been over.
“This is like a movie. You’ve got these guys and they’re flying all over. They’re saying, ‘Hey, I’m in the big leagues.’ I’ve seen every kind of law enforcement money-laundering investigations. I’ve never seen anything like this. It’s really one for the ages.”
My guess is that investigators will find that some of the millions of dollars involved stuck in the pockets of the police officers, but that’s just a guess. Idiots will be idiots, especially when they’re bored local cops with dreams of glory.