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Crack Smoking Foreigner Registered to Vote

November 5th, 2012 - 6:46 am

Fox Boston has the story.

When police arrested Joel Santiago-Vazquez last year, they found a stash of powder and crack cocaine hidden in a false bottom of a Pringles potato chip can.

Police also found, according to their report, that federal immigration authorities had “no record of (his) entering the country”. A detainer was issued, and Santiago-Vazquez became one more illegal immigrant caught in the crosshairs of the federal government.

But FOX Undercover found out something else about Santiago-Vazquez. He’s been registered to vote from his home address in Lawrence since 2010.

Here’s the worst part – Massachusetts election officials don’t seem to care.

Lawrence mayor Willie Lantigua wouldn’t return our phone calls, so FOX Undercover investigative reporter Mike Beaudet caught up with him outside City Hall.

“Wanted to talk to you about the voter list in the city,” Beaudet said, but Lantigua just said “Hello” and continued walking to his truck.

“We found some problems there are people who are registered – you’re not going to talk to us sir. Aren’t you the mayor of the city? Sir why can’t you just answer some questions?” Beaudet said as Lantigua got in his truck and drove away.

 

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