"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.