Romney, Rubio campaign at store owned by convicted cocaine trafficker

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"They absolutely knew about my record," Bermudez told the newspaper. "The Secret Service checked everything. [The conviction] was not a problem. Everybody deserves a second chance."

But  Romney was not the first politician to use the store for political events. In 2004, Howard Dean's Florida campaign used the juice shop as a voter mobilization center.

According to The Associated Press, Bermudez was one of 12 people arrested in a Colombian drug-smuggling operation after a seven-month FBI investigation. Agents seized around 2,850 pounds of cocaine as part of the sting.

The New York Daily News reported that Romney was also filming a campaign ad at the store. Romney and Rubio both handed out juices to members of the crowd and met with supporters.

The Romney campaign did not immediately return a request for comment.


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