Havana Club Rum
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Posted 15 March 2011 - 09:03 PM
I have never heard of anyone ever receiving the maximum penalty for importing (smuggling) Cuban products. After-all, the worst that could happen, the maximum penalty is only up to 10 years in Federal prison and a fine of up to $400,000 dollars (again, that hasn't happened yet). A very small price to pay to live in the land of the free. Since U.S. has customs and immigration officials working the Cancun airport along side Mexican, I don't feel safe traveling to Cuba that I wouldn't be an example case. What madness, I used to have friends in Key West with apartments and girl friends in La Habana and they would sail over monthly. Fifty years of failed U.S. foreign policy and don Fidel, the Bearded One has managed to survive through ten U.S. presidential administrations.
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Cuban rum brands and production information: http://havanajournal...viewthread/597/
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Posted 22 March 2011 - 10:52 AM
Charles there is no US Customs/Immigration (CBP) at the Cancun airport. Even if there was and there is not, they have ZERO authority to asses fines etc.
I guess you know more than what is reported in the press. Por Esto! that has numerous instances of reporting information initially denied by U.S. officials, but later confirmed after legal battles of Freedom of Information disclosures. I don't know of any denial in this instance as there are various customs and border patrol agents working in Mexico.
Yes, I agree that there is no pre-clearance screening at the airport like you will find in the Bahamas, in Canada, even in the USVI where you pass through U.S. customs, provide declaration documents outside U.S. soil and your arrival flight is treated as a domestic arrival. I also would assume they would have no authority to assess fines, at least not in Mexico. Given the history of Mexican INM staff at the Cancun airport, the sky is the limit for potential shakedowns and/or the cooperative exchange of information. Here is the original Por Esto article taken from UNIVERSAL January 02, 2010. http://www.poresto.n...ews.cgi?f=25116
CBP Assistant Commissioner Gina Testifies on Border Security and Partnerships, Collaborations with Mexico
(Thursday, May 27, 2010) http://www.cbp.gov/x...gina_mexico.xml
Last month two ICE agents were ambushed, one killed while driving between Mexico City and Monterrey. They were on "official business", but not conducting an investigation. This attack had been reported as a case of mistaken identity, that despite diplomatic plates on the vehicle, the occupants were assumed to be members of a rival cartel.
Considering the disgraceful history of U.S. State Department officials..... Jeffrey Davidow (appointed by Clinton) http://en.wikipedia....Jeffrey_Davidow (Guatemala & Chile)
Davidow resigned as the U.S. feared possible indictments made by the world court against Davidow and Henry Kissinger for assorted war crimes during the Nixon era.
Tony Garza was appointed by George Bush as replacement ambassador. Garza managed to do very, very well during his tenure by marrying not just Mexico's richest woman, but the richest woman in all of Latin America. We should all be so lucky as to marry a billionaire, it is never to late to get lucky in love.
Carlos Pascual (Obama appointee) resigned on Saturday March 19th, 2011 over the recent wikileaks disclosures http://www.huffingto...s_n_838047.html
On a side note, both Hilliary Clinton as First Lady now our Secretary of State and George and Laura Bush, had the opportunity to enjoy the hospitality of Mexican Narco-Banker Roberto Hernandez during official State visits to the Yucatan. It is "high" time President Obama and Michelle come for a visit and get a first hand look and taste of the economic benefits and riches provided to a few. Roberto Hernandez a glorious example of a true rags to riches story: "I got turned down for an American Express card in 1986 'cause I was too poor, but I sold Banamex (after the U.S. bailout) for $20 billion dollars. That is a nice turn around of personal finances made while Mario Villanueva was governor, during the period that DEA estimates of 85% of the cocaine destined for the U.S. originally entered Mexico through the cocaine triangle of Chetumal to Cancun with Cozumel as the apex.
Personally I have no idea what Homeland InSecurity or the Customs and Border Patrol may be doing now in Mexico. My guess is they don't know what they are doing based upon the history of performance. The information regarding the Cancun airport was with regard to screening passenger lists for flights into Mexico to check for possible security threats that might be using Mexico as a route for eventual entry into the U.S. illegally. Just like all the Cubans that get smuggled into the area, Cancun, Isla Mujeres and our very own Passion Island, it is difficult to see any benefit/reward to U.S. efforts in the region. Given the extensive history of the operation of the Cancun airport, it has to be carefully watched and monitored by a variety of reasons. It is an outrage for a "free" country to continue a completely failed and flawed policy against Cuba. No arm twisting has ever brought even our closest allies to support U.S. policy. Tourists entering Cuba are granted a 30 day visa and they have the right to petition for an additional 30 day extension. In consideration of the long time support by Canadians and their government, thumbing their noses at U.S. policy, Canadians citizens are the only ones with the special privilege of being granted six month tourist visa.
I believe I managed to download the entire last round of wikileaks which contain assorted sensitive information about U.S. policy and communications in Mexico, but I have not had a chance to try to examine the content and disclosures.
Posted 22 March 2011 - 05:43 PM
At any rate I really don't want to get in a political debate on this website...
Posted 22 March 2011 - 07:02 PM
Many Americans go to Cuba without problems and without flaunting it on the Internet. My point, don't assume that you are without risk of repercussions by the State Department because your travel is originating in Mexico. I had just heard of the latest U.S. Ambassador resignation that happened on Saturday. I wonder who might get the next appointment.
I can't give better than a D- grade to the majority of U.S. State Department officials working in Mexico. They don't seem very effective at protecting American interests nor in improving relations between the two countries, the Tony Garza personal relations excepted. This was not intended as an observation or comment regarding CBP agents.
Posted 28 March 2011 - 11:55 AM
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