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A Colombian Politician Was Busted At The Airport Trying To Smuggle 7 Kilos In His Prosthetic Leg

Colombian politician, Víctor Hugo Agudelo didn’t make it on his Frankfurt, Germany-bound flight October 7, after he was caught with $175,000 worth of cocaine stuffed in his prosthetic leg. Agudelo was stopped by Bogotá’s El Dorado International Airport narcotics officers after they noticed he was having trouble walking. They offered their assistance and asked if something was wrong with his leg. From there, an argument broke out, which resulted in a working canine alerting the officers to the presence of drugs.

Agudelo was arrested, and released just hours later on a technicality that nobody quite understands. Many are outraged at the thought that his political privilege exempts him from legal consequences. Since then, Agudelo has continued his campaign, but party leaders aren’t having it.

One police officer recalled that the way Agudelo was dragging his leg roused suspicion.

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The officers approached Agudelo to ask if he was okay to walk. When he got defensive, narcotics officers approached and launched a routine protocol. Later, it was discovered that, in addition to the 7 kilos of prosthetic weight, Agudelo was trying to walk with additional 7 kilos of cocaine stuffed inside the prosthetic. That means his leg weighed around 30 pounds, twice as heavy as usual, and likely pretty uncomfortable to walk around with. 

After the argument finally dispelled, officers assisted him to a body scanner.

Screenshot. Digital Video. City TV. 22 October 2019.

City TV video shows Agudelo being wheeled over to the body scanner. He steps up to the machine and places his hands behind his head. The body scan results were abnormal and prompted the next phase of testing. Officers then passed the prosthetic leg alone through an x-ray machine and were shocked to find the contraband. 

Officers tested his prosthetic for traces of cocaine, which came back positive.

Screenshot. Digital Video. City TV. 22 October 2019.

Agudelo was released just a few hours after his arrest, prompting outrage from other citizens. Public commentary is full of complaints that Agudelo is being treated with the privilege of being a politician. “Of course it is political, anyone would be given 50 years in jail” one Gustavo Cerati said in a comment on Actualidad.

Compounding the outrage is that his crime has been captured on video, but without the consequences that so many other offenders face.

Since his arrest, Agudelo has remained unapologetic.

Credit: Victor Agudelo / Facebook

Nearly two weeks after his arrest, he posted a meme depicting Jesus Christ with the phrase, “The only one who can judge me forgives me.” In the weeks since his arrest, his campaign has posted videos of supporters daily, each meant to represent women, the disabled, the working class, and so on. 

Two days after his arrest and release, he attended a campaign event with William Palomino and Clara Luz Roldán, mayoral and gubernatorial candidates. He’s attended at least one other campaign event since then and continues to aspire to earn a seat as a Council member. “I’m still here with my people, I’m still working, I’m part of the Radical Change group and I’m moving on confidently,” he shared on his social media account. 

The Radical Change group disagrees.

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While party leaders can’t force an indictment or further charges brought against Agudelo, they are seeking to remove his party membership and are publicly denouncing his candidacy. In particular, Senator José Luis Pérez has been outspoken about the illegitimacy of Agudelo candidacy at this point. “I reject any action that is outside the law and more in the case of a crime as unfortunate as drug trafficking is,” Senator Pérez told Blu Radio. Pérez also told Actualidad that the police report confirmed that a canine trained in drug-sensitivity was able to find the drug in Agudelo’s prosthesis.

Agudelo was set to be a shoo-in for a council seat in La Unión, in the department of El Valle del Cauca. Today, the jury’s out.

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Cocaine trafficking is commonplace in Colombia, the cocaine production capital of the world. Overnight, narcotics officers arrested and detained two other cocaine traffickers who thought they could hide the narcotics inside their luggage. 

While Agudelo hasn’t faced any legal consequences for his alleged crime, the political consequences are swelling. His party has rejected him, and political cartoonists are glorifying the bizarre incident. Agudelo continues to protest his innocence with claims that only God can judge him.

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Here Are The Executive Actions That President Biden Is Signing His First Day In Office

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Here Are The Executive Actions That President Biden Is Signing His First Day In Office

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President Joe Biden has a lot of work ahead of him and he is hitting the ground running. On his first day in office, President Biden has a series of executive actions he is signing to reverse a lot of the damage created by the Trump administration. Here are some of the things President Biden will do with these actions.

The border wall on the southern border is done, y’all.

President Biden is saving the taxpayers billions of dollars by halting the construction of President Trump’s border wall. The border wall is one of former President Trump’s several unfulfilled promises at the expense of the taxpayers.

Despite his unrelenting campaign, Mexico never paid a dime to the wall. President Biden’s action to halt the border wall is a humanitarian and conservationist move that will save billions of tax dollars. According to estimates, there would be $3.3 billion in unused funds in the projects accounts.

The emotionally devastating Muslim ban will finally come to an end.

Former President Trump famously put an end to travel from predominantly Muslim countries. The order arbitrarily excluded a group of people based on their religion. The order that has kept families apart for years is finally coming to an end thanks to President Biden.

President Biden’s ation will bring families together and safeguards the rights of religious freedom. The ban has kept spouses separated, children apart from parents, and caused real damage. There is more to be done to make up for the stain on American history and the action is the first step.

The Keystone XL Pipeline is toast.

We all remember the terrifying scenes of Native people being brutalized by federal officials under Trump’s command. President Biden will make sure that the permit for the pipeline is revoked and put an end to a project that has been devastating the Native community. Activists have been fighting for years to get this done.

Undocumented people will have to be included in census counts.

President Biden is getting rid of the Trump administration’s terrible policy of ignoring undocumented people in the census. There have been several arguments by officials that the move would work to undermine certain states. The policy would take federal money away from states that did not support the former president and have high undocumented populations.

President Biden is going to preserve DACA.

More than 600,000 people benefit from the Obama-era program. Former President Trump waged a war against DACA and Dreamers for political points. Most Americans support DACA and a pathway to citizenship for DACA beneficiaries. With the new executive action, President Biden will instruct the federal government to restore the program to its fullest.

There is still a lawsuit the Biden administration will have to fight. The lawsuit challenging DACA’s legality was filed by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton.

In total, President Biden will sign 17 executive actions that will roll back several issues created by the previous administration.

“Today, hours after taking the oath of office, President-elect Biden will take a historic number of actions to deliver immediate relief for families across America that are struggling in the face of converging crises. He will sign a combination of executive orders, memoranda, directives, and letters to take initial steps to address these crises, including by changing the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, providing economic relief, tackling climate change, and advancing racial equity,” reads a statement from the Biden-Harris Transition Team. “President-elect Biden will take action — not just to reverse the gravest damages of the Trump administration — but also to start moving our country forward. These actions are bold, begin the work of following through on President-elect Biden’s promises to the American people, and, importantly, fall within the constitutional role for the president.”

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President Joe Biden’s And Vice President Kamala Harris’ Inauguration Represented America

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President Joe Biden’s And Vice President Kamala Harris’ Inauguration Represented America

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Joe Biden and Kamala Harris have been sworn in as the 46th president and the 49th vice president of the United States of America. The new administration has been sworn in and the inauguration was a beautiful representation of America with people of color and women taking center stage.

Lady Gaga kicked off the 59th inauguration by singing the national anthem.

In 2017, Lady Gaga famously participated in the Women’s March the day after former President Trump’s inauguration. Four years later, the singer proudly took to the Capitol to usher in the beginning of the Biden/Harris administration. Dressed in custom Schiaparelli, Lady Gaga performed “The Star-Spangled Banner” and left people speechless.

Vice President Kamala Devi Harris was sworn in by Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

This was a special moment. The first Latina to ever serve on the Supreme Court was the one to swear in the first woman, first Black, and first South Asian vice president. It was a historical moment that will forever change the United States.

Justice Sotomayor has made a name for herself in American pop culture because of her blistering dissents. As the first Latina on the Supreme Court, Sotomayor opened possibilities for Latinas. We basically watched one icon swear in another icon and it is everything.

The most exciting moment of the inauguration might have been Jennifer Lopez and her remix of an American classic.

Lopez sang “This Land Is Your Land” but added a special twist. During the song, Lopez stops and says, “Una nacion, bajo de dios, indivisible con libertad y justicia para todos.” Translated, she said, “One nation, under God, indivisible with liberty and justice for all.” That’s right. The Puerto Rican pop superstar used her moment at the nation’s Capitol building to give a shout out to all the Latinos who call the U.S. home.

Of course, the most iconic moment was J.Lo shouting “Let’s get loud.”

We all know that song. We are all singing it now after reading those three words. It was truly one of the most impactful moments of her performance. Only an icon could turn “This Land is Your Land” into a greatest hits medley. We are all better for having witnessed it.

However, it was 22-year-old Amanda Gorman that stole the entire show.

The Youth Poet Laureate was chosen to speak at the inauguration and she youngest inaugural poet of all time. She joins the impressive ranks of Maya Angelou, Richard Blanco, and Elizabeth Alexander. Her poem, written right after the Capitol riot. It was relevant, poignant, and moving.

“We’ve seen a force that would shatter our nation rather than share it,
Would destroy our country if it meant delaying democracy.
And this effort very nearly succeeded.
But while democracy can be periodically delayed,
It can never be permanently defeated.”

And, of course, Joseph Robinette Biden became the 46th president of the United States of America.

“Few people in our nation’s history have been more challenged or found a time more challenging or difficult than the time we’re in now. A once-in-a-century virus that silently stalks the country,” President Biden said. “It’s taken as many lives in one year as America lost in all of World War II. Millions of jobs have been lost. Hundreds of thousands of businesses closed. A cry for racial justice, some four hundred years in the making moves us. The dream of justice for all will be deferred no longer.

“The cry for survival comes from the planet itself, a cry that can’t be any more desperate or any more clear. And now a rise of political extremism, white supremacy, domestic terrorism that we must confront and we will defeat.

“To overcome these challenges, to restore the soul and secure the future of America requires so much more than words. It requires the most elusive of all things in a democracy: unity, unity.”

Welcome to the White House President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris.

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