Sarasota County Sheriff's Elite "Tactical Anti-Crime" Unit Team Gets Tongue Lashing by 'Criminal' Defense Attorney Varinia Van Ness For Not Giving Up Name Of C.I.. As usual, a criminal defense attorney is able to get a reduced sentence for a criminal who committed a serious crime by using and exposing the identity of a confidential informant to get what she wants, shame on Varinia Van Ness. The confidential informant who was riding in the pick up truck of Texas drug dealer Jose Julian Perez, (loaded with cocaine), is now a dead man walking because of 'Criminal' Defense Attorney Varinia Van Ness. The confidential informant was working directly with the Drug Enforcement Agency (D.E.A) and was a protected confidential informant (C.I.) and he had been in contact with the Sarasota County Sheriff's Elite "Tactical Anti-Crime" Unit as to when and where the load of cocaine would be in Sarasota county via I-75 in the truck of Texas drug dealer Jose Julian Perez who now knows the guy riding with him was a C.I. for the D.E. A.. "After all, they had plenty of cause to stop the driver, but had been told by the Drug Enforcement Administration that the confidential informant's life and his family would be in grave danger from a Mexican drug cartel if his existence became known, said Herald Tribune reporter Tom Lyons".
The Gulf Cartel is a criminal syndicate and drug trafficking organization in Mexico, and perhaps one of the oldest organized crime groups in the country. It is currently based in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, directly across the border from Brownsville, Texas. Their network is international, and are believed to have dealings with crime groups in Europe, West Africa, Asia, Central America, South America, and the United States. Besides drug trafficking, the Gulf Cartel operates through protection rackets, assassinations, extortions, kidnappings, and other criminal activities. The members of the Gulf Cartel are known for intimidating the population and for being particularly violent. "Van Ness said Monday that the incident will likely haunt the four deputies for a long time, and could lead to "Brady disclosures" — information favorable to the defense that prosecutors are required to release about the credibility of their witnesses. "While I'm not privy to the investigation, the sheriff runs his department as he sees fit," Van Ness said. "These deputies will have to deal with this for the rest of their careers. Hopefully, the state will provide Brady materials to lawyers in every single case they're involved in. All defense attorneys should know, when these deputies are involved, that this situation happened." Drug dealer Jose Julian Perez's photo on left above from the current list of incarcerated Florida State prisoners indicates a much younger looking Perez, see photos above, than the mugshot taken of Jose Julian Perez on March 24th, 2016 on right above, it wold indicate that he did prior time in the Florida State Prison system, odd but no record of such, he is currently doing 4 years at the Lawtey Correctional Institute. Jose Julian Perez is from Brownsville TX, Mexican Gulf Cartel turf.
PHOTO ABOVE WAS A FIRE-FIGHT BETWEEN FEDERAL POLICE AND GULF DRUG CARTEL MEMBERS IN MATAMOROS, WHICH IS ACROSS THE RIVER FROM BROWNSVILLE TX AND ALSO WHAT HAPPENS TO INFORMANTS. Drug dealer Jose Julian Perez is from Brownsville Texas, he has a tattoo of 'brown town' on his right leg. Brownsville Texas is a hub for major drug cartel activity out of Matamoros. Matamoros, Mexico is the "sister city" of Brownsville, Texas only 3 1/2 miles and the Rio Grande river divide them. The Mexican city of Matamoros, just south of Brownsville, is controlled by the Gulf Cartel. The cartel controls all drug trafficking and human smuggling in the area. Sarasota 'Criminal' Defense Attorney Varinia Van Ness was incensed that cops did not reveal the existence of a confidential informant in the arrest of her client Jose Julian Perez out of Brownsville Texas, on the other hand would Attorney Varinia Van Ness provide the sheriff's department as to who paid her to defend drug dealer Jose Julian Perez?? Where did the cash or checks come from?? Attorney Varinia Van Ness should view the movie 'Sicario' to get a feel of what comes out of Matamoros and Brownsville Texas, reality check, it's all about the drugs. The investigation of drug dealer Jose Julian Perez was a D.E.A. operation all the way, they had the C.I. in the truck sitting next to Perez and the D.E.A. knew about the cocaine in the truck, it appears to me the D.E.A. got with the Sarasota Sheriff Dept to make the traffic stop and drug arrest and take over the case so that they would not have to reveal in court there was a C.I. in the investigation and arrest of drug dealer Jose Julian Perez. Now Mr. Perez's Gulf Cartel bosses are going to be hunting down this C.I. and his relatives for execution, way to go Attorney Varinia Van Ness, they cut heads off in Matamoros.
Jose Julian Perez was arrested by the Sarasota County Sheriff's Elite "Tactical Anti-Crime" Unit on March 24th, 2016 on I-75 heading South just past the Clark Rd exit, he was driving a single cab Green Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck with Texas license plates, as seen in the photo of his rental house at 2048 E. 19th Street Brownsville Texas above. Jose Perez was born and raised in Brownsville Texas, he carries a Texas drivers license, he appears to have no connection to Florida other than transporting cocaine for the Gulf Cartel to what looks like Fort Myers or Miami. Jose Julian Perez was not a drug kingpin, he appears to be a mule, a transporter of drugs, he has no money, he immediately applied for an Application for Criminal Indigent Status on March 24th, 2016 but was denied, something about $100,000 of cocaine in his truck. When advised that he was under arrest on March 24th, Perez claimed no knowledge of the packages of cocaine and requested legal counsel, 'Perez Knows The Drill Don't Talk And Lawyer Up Immediately". Attorney Varinia Van Ness took his case on April 21st, 2016.
GULF CARTEL KILL THEIR OWN ATTORNEYS TOO: Gulf Cartel Attorney Gunned Down in Southlake, Texas, officials with the Southlake Police Department confirmed the victim of Wednesday's daylight shooting murder was ATTORNEY Juan Jesus Guerrero Chapa. The 43-year-old Mexican citizen is believed to have been a lawyer for the notoriously violent Gulf Cartel. He had represented members of a powerful drug cartel whose leaders were recently sentenced to U.S. federal prison, according to media reports on both sides of the border. It was not immediately clear whether attorney Juan Jesus Guerrero Chapa was involved in the two cases. Gulf Cartel leader Juan Roberto Rincon-Rincon was sentenced to life in prison May 15 in a federal court in Brownsville for his role in a drug-trafficking conspiracy that involved more than 10 million kilograms of marijuana. The sentence was enhanced because he used “grenades, rocket launchers, homemade cannons and automatic weapons” during the operation, according to a news release. In the District of Columbia on May 13, Aurelio Cano Flores — also a leader in the Gulf Cartel, which operates on the South Texas-Mexico border — was sentenced to 35 years in prison and ordered to forfeit $15 billion in drug proceeds for conspiring to import cocaine and marijuana into the U.S., according to a news release.
March 24th, 2016 SARASOTA -- A Texas man is facing charges after deputies discovered about $100,000 worth of cocaine during a traffic stop on Thursday afternoon, March 24th, 2016 according to the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office. Jose Julian Perez, 37, is charged with trafficking cocaine. He is being held without bond at the Sarasota County jail. Perez was stopped around 4:30 p.m. Thursday on Interstate 75, just south of Clark Road in Sarasota, according to reports. After a K9 detected narcotics in a trash bag in the bed of the truck, Perez was asked if he had anything illegal in the truck and he denied that there was. The deputy searched the cab of the pickup truck and the bed. In the front, driver-side portion of the bed of the truck, a black trash bag was found and inside there were three individually packaged blocks wrapped heavily in duct tape, according to the report. A field test was done on the more than six pounds of cocaine and it tested. "Perez claimed no knowledge of the packages and requested legal counsel," the arrest report stated.
February 14th, 2017 Herald Tribune: The Elite "Tactical Anti-Crime" Unit detectives, it was learned, lied about the reason for the stop. Instead of a random "drug interdiction" stop for a traffic violation, the team knew exactly where and when Perez, with the cocaine, would be driving on I-75 because a confidential informant working with the Drug Enforcement Administration was riding with Perez in the pickup. By lying under oath, the deputies believed they were "under the misguided belief that they needed to protect a federal confidential informant and as such they did not fully divulge their involvement in the traffic stop and the arrest of Mr. Perez," Mercurio wrote in the IA memo. The criminal case against Perez — which should have carried a 25-year minimum mandatory sentence — began to fall apart. Perez, a Brownsville, Texas, native, took a plea deal, and received a four-year sentence. During a criminal investigation of the perjury allegations, Sheriff's Office investigators concluded that the four detectives lied both in depositions and in their official reports specifically because they believed they were protecting the identity of a confidential informant. Internal affairs investigators referred the criminal case to the State Attorney's Office for review. Assistant State Attorney W. Earl Varn wrote in a letter that "probable cause does not exist for perjury regarding false statements given by deputies during depositions."
Mercurio wrote that the four deputies "were less than forthright" during a sworn deposition with Perez's defense attorney, Varinia Van Ness, when she asked them questions about the arrest, the confidential informant or how they became involved in the case. "Therefore their actions during the deposition constitutes conduct which creates doubt regarding their honesty as to each of the four deputies," Mercurio wrote. The IA chief concluded that there was "insufficient information" to sustain the other allegations that Hoffman had listed in the complaint. Van Ness said Monday that the incident will likely haunt the four deputies for a long time, and could lead to "Brady disclosures" — information favorable to the defense that prosecutors are required to release about the credibility of their witnesses. "While I'm not privy to the investigation, the sheriff runs his department as he sees fit," Van Ness said. "These deputies will have to deal with this for the rest of their careers. Hopefully, the state will provide Brady materials to lawyers in every single case they're involved in. All defense attorneys should know, when these deputies are involved, that this situation happened." The deputies' future testimony could be troublesome, she said. "I think that any good defense lawyer out there should brief themselves of the circumstances," she said. "Certainly credibility is always an issue with any witness. "So what the hell do you do now if you know of major drug deals going down in Sarasota and you want to tip off the cops"?
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