United States Of America V. Edgardo Torres Vázquez

United States and Japan today sign organic equivalence arrangement

One of these individuals was operating as a confidential source (CS) for the Drug Enforcement Administration. The purpose of that meeting, which took place in September of 2010, was to discuss the transportation of money for the purchase of drugs. In Miami four months later, the appellant reviewed the details of this scheme with a coconspirator and the CS. Subsequently, the appellant and a coconspirator exchanged several telephone calls with the CS in order to coordinate the appellant’s delivery of $1,665,000 to finance the purchase of the drug load. 1 On March 10while the appellant was on his way to meet with the CSthe Puerto Rico police stopped his vehicle. This routine traffic stop resulted in the seizure of $1,664,044 in cash. In the Agreement, the appellant admitted that these facts were accurate in every respect. During the change-of-plea colloquy, he also admitted both that the described events comprised the factual basis for his guilty plea and that he knew the seized funds were the proceeds of illicit drug trafficking. There was more. A claim that a guilty plea rests on an insufficient factual basis, raised for the first time on appeal, opens the entire record for appellate inspection. See United States v. Dominguez Benitez, 542 U.S. 74, 80 (2004); United States v. DelgadoHernandez, 420 F.3d 16, 28 (1st Cir.2005). In this case, the PSI Report summarized the events surrounding the appellant’s transportation of over $1,600,000 of drug money to be used to finance further drug purchases.

United States District Court Awards KBR $465 Million in Arbitration against PEP

This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. BALTIMORE, Sept. 26, 2013 — Marks first U.S. organic arrangement in Asia, and first-ever without organic standards exceptions BALTIMORE, Sept. 26, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ –Officials from Japan and the United States announced the signing of an organic equivalence arrangement between the two countries in ceremonies this morning at All Things Organic here at Natural Products Expo East. Present at the announcement were Mr. Satoshi Kunii, Director, Labeling Standards Division, and Mr. Takuro Mukae, Associate Director, Sanitary and Phytosanitary Affairs, of Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries (MAFF) for Japan, and Administrator Anne Alonzo of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service and Ambassador Isi Siddiqui of the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative for the United States. (Photo: ) U.S.

Thu Sep 26, 2013 4:51pm EDT United States District Court Awards KBR $465 Million in Arbitration against PEP KBR (NYSE: KBR) announced today that the United States District Court Southern District of New York has entered a judgment for $465 million confirming the International Chamber of Commerces arbitration award against Pemex Exploration and Production (PEP), a subsidiary of Pemex, the Mexican national oil company. This judgment consistsof approximately $355 million for the original judgment plus interest and approximately $106 million for performance bonds plus interest. The amount of the value added tax has yet to be determined. PEP has 30 days to post security for the entire amount. “This is not just a win for KBR but a win for all international companies doing business with Mexico, Pemex and PEP,” said Andrew Farley, Executive Vice President and General Counsel. “While KBR has been seeking the rightful payment for its outstanding contract fees from PEP since 1997, Pemex and PEP have benefited from KBR’s work. It is now important that Pemex and PEP fulfill their legal obligations and pay the full amount of the arbitration award to ensure companies will see Mexico as a reliable investment option.” Full transcript of Judge Hellersteins final judgment is available on KBRs website ( ). KBR is a global engineering, construction and services company supporting the energy, hydrocarbon, power, industrial, civil infrastructure, minerals, government services and commercial markets. For more information, visit www.kbr.com . KBR