GLENN BECK PROGRAM
GLENN: All right. Let me go to Sara Carter from the Washington Times. Sarah has been on this border story forever. There's been some controversy going on on one of the stories that she reported a couple of weeks ago that we brought to you on basically back to Laredo where some terrorists may or may not have gotten in through drug lord connections into our country but I want to talk to her here a little bit about what she knows about Davila and this particular case with this drug runner that is the star residence that we found out yesterday lied under oath and the Government knew about it, what the story is on his medical condition and how much free medical care did the United States actually give this drug lord. Welcome to the program, Sarah.
CARTER: Thank you for having me on, Glenn. I appreciate it. It's great.
GLENN: You bet. Tell me about what you know about this, what do you call it, the immunity? Yeah, the immunity that he received and the medical attention that he received here.
CARTER: Well, Glenn, I have been working on this story since I originally broke it when I was working at the Los Angeles News Group in L.A. when I did the story, the very first story on Ramos and Compean, it started off a firestorm of questions and answers and investigations that led me all the way to the border, and I've been actually following Davila ever since this trial ended and up until recently this last month trying to locate him. During my last month reporting on this story, I did speak with family members of Davila. So I knew. I knew last year that Davila was working for a smuggling ring. His family had told me that they had felt terrible about what had happened to the two border patrol agents and that Davila would never cross the border without carrying a weapon on him, specifically if he was carrying a dope load that was worth nearly a million dollars.
GLENN: Hang on just a second. Hang on. Who did you speak to that said this? What were the connections to him?
CARTER: Well, I spoke to family members of Davila, very close family members. And when I spoke to them, I used them as -- I didn't explain who they were in the story for their protection.
CARTER: They were very concerned about their safety, but they were also very concerned about the two border patrol agents that were convicted. They had specifically told me that Davila had been smuggling narcotics since the age of 14, that he was a middleman in a drug smuggling thing associated with the Juarez cartel, and it made sense. Look, Davila was smuggling narcotics through an area controlled by the cartel, Vicente Carrillo Fuentes. He wouldn't be smuggling narcotics through that territory without working for them without being killed later and Davila seems to be fine to this day and crisscrossing to this day across the border as we saw. He was in the United States. I reported on that first more than a few weeks ago and I got through sources that I had established relationships with in that area that he had been seen in several hospitals. The last time he was seen, his attorney stated during the bond hearing was that he was in the United States on November 6th. That would be at, I believe he was at one of the hospitals there, maybe Sierra Medical is what I recall for his injuries sustained, the colostomy that he was wearing.
When he was ordered back into the United States across the bridge, Christopher Sanchez who had originally done the investigation was asked by DEA to lure him in.
GLENN: Okay. How is he lured, how is he lured in and why lure him in if he was coming back and forth across the border, known by the United States government for medical care?
CARTER: Well, that's what's very interesting about this. These sources in intelligence which I spoke with said, well, I don't believe he was in the United States because had he been in the United States, obviously the DEA would have arrested him because at that point in time in November the grand jury indictment was in. They were ready to arrest him. So they had no idea he was in the United States in November according to them. So they had to lure him in. But according to his attorney and according to eye witnesses in El Paso, he was in those hospitals. And now we see by the admission of his new attorney that he was in an El Paso hospital on November 6th for treatment.
Now, when he was lured in and the DEA made the arrest, now, you have to realize the DEA had been working on this case for more -- since October 2005 when we see in DEA agents that they believed they had enough evidence to arrest him then on the second dope load. They had more than enough evidence but they were stopped from doing that.
GLENN: So how did he get in across this border? I mean, this is such a stupid question.
CARTER: And that is the question. His attorney never revealed that, how he got in across the border. But according to the sources, he must have done it with the permission of the U.S. Government with an I-94 visa. So either he was issued an I-94 visa by the Department of Homeland Security or somebody at the U.S. Justice Department got him an I-94 visa to crisscross the border back and forth to get to the hospital.
GLENN: What's an I-94? What's an I-94 and who usually gets it?
CARTER: An I-94 visa, if you are doing it with law enforcement, it was the same visa issued to him, a human attorney visa. The assistant U.S. attorneys who gave him the visa to come in to testify against the agents, it's a visa that I think it's a 90-day visa that allows you to crisscross back and forth across the border without escort, without escort into the United States. So you could apply for an I-94 visa even at the El Paso port of entry and it --
GLENN: Wait a minute. If you had an I-94 visa, if the DEA was looking for you, would that stop them from noticing or stop them from argue?
CARTER: Well, it shouldn't have stopped them from either, but if they didn't know that he was issued an I-94 visa, they would have no idea that he was coming back and forward inside the United States unless someone had told them or unless --
GLENN: But wait a minute. He wouldn't use his name? I mean, are we really that antiquated that we don't type people's names in or we don't have his name sitting there at the border?
CARTER: It depends on if the CBP agents at the port were doing their job, if every time he crossed back and forth they put him in the system. And as we know, I've written many stories about the El Paso sector where people crisscrossed back and forth and their names are not placed in the system.
GLENN: Sarah --
CARTER: They can be stamped through because of times and because of wait times.
GLENN: I've got to run, but give me a 30-second answer here at the most. How far up the chain of command do you think this goes?
CARTER: I think it goes very high up the chain of command, and from what I've been seeing, I think that there's a lot more to the story and I know a lot more of this story is going to come out in the future.
CARTER: And I think the U.S. Justice Department knows that, I think the administration knows that, and I believe the American people are starting to see that.
GLENN: Yeah, I think American people are on it a lot more than most people give them credit. From the Washington Times, it's Sara Carter. We'll talk to you again soon.