Romney's campaign event host turns out to be a convicted drug dealer
Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney addresses supporters during a campaign stop in Miami on Monday, Aug. 13, 2012. (AP / J Pat Carter)
The Associated Press
Published Monday, August 13, 2012 7:18PM EDT
Last Updated Monday, August 13, 2012 9:40PM EDT
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 (1,292.75 kilograms) 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.