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Candidate Convicted for Cocaine Trafficking Advances to Next Round

In the lead up to Haiti’s first round of elections, there was a lot of controversy over candidates who had been convicted or suspected of crimes being allowed to run in the elections. Now, Miami Herald has learned that one of the candidates moving on to the next round was convicted of cocaine trafficking in Miami. according to Haiti’s electoral law and Constitution, political candidates should not have been convicted of a crime. The president of Haiti’s Electoral Council says that the Council is currently checking on this conviction with the US government.

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Convicted cocaine trafficker running for parliament in Haiti

Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald

September 10, 2015

Ernst Jeudy, a candidate for Haiti’s lower house, plead guilty to cocaine trafficking in Miami-Dade County in 1987. He was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison.

A candidate headed into next month’s runoff for Haiti’s parliament was convicted of cocaine trafficking in Miami-Dade County, the Miami Herald has learned.

Ernst Jeudy, 58, who is seeking to represent one of Haiti’s most lucrative tax bases, the city of Delmas, was charged with cocaine trafficking and possession with intent to distribute after Miami-Dade police said he checked in a tote bag at Miami International Airport. The controlled substance — nearly a half-pound of cocaine — was detected by a dog.

“The above defendant was taken into custody,” said the police report obtained by the Herald. “The defendant was found guilty…sent to 3 1/2 years.”

Jeudy’s 1987 guilty plea for cocaine trafficking, escaped Haiti’s Provisional Electoral Council. The council, known as the CEP, qualified Jeudy along with 1,845 other candidates to run for 139 legislative seats in last month’s violence- and fraud-marred Aug. 9 vote.


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