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Sun Aug 26, 2018, 12:56 AM

Mayor Sergio Varisco, a close ally of Argentina's Macri, indicted on drug-trafficking charges

The mayor of the Argentine city of Paraná, Sergio Varisco, had an indictment on drug-trafficking charges upheld by a federal appeals court yesterday.

Varisco, 58, had been indicted by Federal Judge Leandro Ríos on June 18 on charges of heading a marihuana trafficking operation as well as purchasing three kilos of cocaine for personal use in at least one transaction.

He was elected mayor of Paraná, the country's 18th largest city, in 2015 on President Mauricio Macri's "Let's Change" coalition.

Other city officials indicted were Councilman Héctor Hernández (of Macri's hard-right PRO party), and former Assitant Municipal Security Secretary Griselda Bordeira.

Numerous other Varisco officials were implicated.

Also indicted was Daniel “Tavi” Celis, the operative head of the gang. Celis, who is already serving a 7-year sentence for armed robbery, had contributed 100,000 pesos (around $10,500 at the time) to Varisco's 2015 campaign.

He provided the first link to the mayor when after his arrest in 2016, he posted a Facebook message threatening to tell “the whole truth about how (Varisco) came to be mayor of the city.”

The investigation deepened in May 2017, when authorities intercepted a plane carrying 300 kilos of marihuana (around $400,000 local retail value) from neighboring Paraguay - Argentina's principal source - and arrested two men close to Celis, including his brother, Miguel Ángel.

Authorities reportedly found names of the mayor and other city officials listed next to different amounts of money while searching Miguel Ángel Celis' home.

Varisco will, despite the upheld felony indictment, remain free on bail of 1 million pesos ($32,000).

Critics note that over 20 political opponents of Macri's are currently in federal prison despite still having indictments under appeal - indictments which, in many cases, were based on hearsay but lacking in material evidence.

At: https://translate.google.com/translate?sl=zh-CN&tl=en&js=y&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.unosantafe.com.ar%2Fpoliciales%2Fconfirmaron-el-procesamiento-del-intendente-parana-sergio-varisco-n1663766.html&edit-text=

Varisco and President Macri campaigning in last year's mid-terms.

The president's party is currently under investigation for laundering at least $3 million in campaign contributions. Varisco's activities may help explain the source of some of those proceeds.

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Reply Mayor Sergio Varisco, a close ally of Argentina's Macri, indicted on drug-trafficking charges (Original post)
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Response to sandensea (Original post)

Sun Aug 26, 2018, 01:56 AM

1. Starting to read the article, I copied the name of Sergio Varisco, planning to find his photo later.

As the article proceeded, I saw you had posted his photo at the bottom of the page, and nearly choked!

It appears Sergio Varisco and Mauricio Macri wouldn't have to wear costumes if they went out Halloween night! My goodness. They are not the embodiments of honor and nobility, are they? Each one has a version of The Portrait of Dorian Grey on his face.

Or maybe they are both Mr. Hydes.

Wow, wow, wow, wow, wow.

Looks to me as if Mr. Trump may have been tutored, actually, by Mauricio Macri's father, Franco Macri!

He didn't get that way teaching Sunday School, did he?

It is great news that Sergio Varisco has been exposed. It is so important that one of Macri's cabal's "napkin" judges doesn't do anything slippery to cut him loose, isn't it? Gotta keep lotsa fingers crossed.

Thank you for this nice information. It would be wonderful if some public pressure started accruing to honorably complete the money laundering investigation, or is that only dreaming?

Very, very nice way to end the day! Thanks.

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Sun Aug 26, 2018, 11:27 AM

2. Living proof that yayo, like the GOP, is full of free radicals.

That's lot of premature aging for 58, on Varisco's part (and that hair dye doesn't help). But then, he buys cocaine three kilos at a time (epa!).

They should also investigate how much he spent on coke since becoming mayor. Paraná is one of Argentina's poorest cities (and rather small, at around 250,000 people), and the mayor's salary is $2,000 a month or so.

It'll be good to know as well if his involvement in pot-runinng has anything to do with the millions in undeclared contributions to Macri's party.

Personally, I think pot should be legal. Nevertheless, it's not; and the fact Varsico was freed on bail for for something equivalent to at least a Class C felony, while Macri's opponents are routinely jailed on trumped-up charges (no evidence) is just another day in this regime of theirs.

On a lighter note, I'll leave you with a photo of Paraná City Hall, built in 1890. Hope they'll be able to get the stain of Varisco's presence out before long.

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Response to sandensea (Reply #2)

Sun Aug 26, 2018, 06:26 PM

3. The image of the Paran City Hall is so unusual. Haven't seen these effects before this.

Almost 130 years old is amazing. The world has changed so much since it was built.

They will need some real experts to clean it up, won't they? The grime has to go really deep.

Varisco must be a thrifty shopper to be able to afford his habit.

How did things ever get so rotten so fast that people are free to dump millions into campaigns with no fear of being exposed. It IS a crime which makes a victim of every honest person. It all starts with the legislatures. The system never needed to be changed so completely, in Argentina, and in the U.S.

Hoping Varisco won't be able to simply slither away from this moment unscathed, ready to resume business as usual.

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