Host for Romney event is a convicted drug dealer

6:39 PM, Aug 13, 2012   |    comments
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MIAMI -- Mitt Romney is holding a campaign event at a Miami restaurant owned by a convicted cocaine trafficker.

Romney appeared Monday evening at El Palacio de los Jugos, a restaurant owned by Reinaldo Bermudez. Court records show that Bermudez pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute cocaine in 1999 and served three years in federal prison.

Media reports in November 1997 said that Bermudez was one of 12 people accused in a Colombian drug smuggling operation. Agents seized about 2,850 pounds of cocaine at Florida ports.

As a convicted felon, Bermudez wouldn't be eligible to vote in Florida unless the governor and the Cabinet restore his rights.

A phone call placed to the restaurant wasn't answered. The Romney campaign didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

The Associated Press

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