Let’s continue to build the case: Slabbed takes a second look back at USA v Sibley as we make more connections

Last month Slabbed reintroduced William “Hugh” Sibley to the reading public and the response that post received has been fantastic. In fact it was a media inquiry that I received today that serves as the catalyst for this post.  To get started though I want to make sure everyone is on the same page so here is an except from my Sibley reintroduction:

So why do I bring up news Slabbed covered in 2009? Sweet serendipity that’s why. Sources familiar with the Sibley’s law practice indicate to Slabbed that while Sibley was Fayard’s political go to guy, Nipun “Nick” Desai was Sibley’s right hand man. Desai, a one time college exchange student from East India that graduated from LSU in 1996, reportedly parlayed the association with Sibley into a real estate empire that stretches across Louisiana and includes the now fabled Super 8 Motel on Clearview Parkway.

This is important because Desai is a bit of a mystery man.  You see folks multiple sources have indicated to Slabbed that Desai was arrested on a cocaine distribution charge somewhere between 2008 and 2010 yet we’ve been unable to uncover anything on the arrest or the case itself as it does not show in the Federal Court Database PACER nor is there a Louisiana state record that we can find.  Desai is a big mystery but we solved some of it here.

Tackling this topic entails a bit of a gut check folks, given the people and organizations involved in the Sibley affair.  For instance, the lead defendant in the Sibley prosecution was Gustavo Jorge Arévalo Kessler.  Here is a snippet from the Hispanic News Network Blog that mentions Kessler:

Last Wednesday, Jorge Gustavo Arévalo Kessler, 43, was extradited to the U.S. from Mexico to face money laundering, and cocaine trafficing federal charges in Texas. Kessler originally from Heidelberg, Germany, but living in Mexico transported tons of cocaine from Venezuela, Colombia, Mexico and eventually ending up in the U.S.

The indictment states, Kessler between Dec. 2002 to June 2003 transported tons of cocaine by private plane and a Boeing 727, transported cash abroad, and as a high ranking member of a Mexican drug cartel, he directed where the money would be deposited to various bank accounts.

Kessler was arrested by Mexican federal authorities on April 7, 2008 in Mexico City. He worked for the criminal organization headed by Antonio Aguilar (real name Pedro Antonio Bermúdez Suazo), aka “El Arquitecto,” or “El Jefe” in Mexico.

Kessler was extradited to the U.S. on Feb. 24, 2010 by the law enforcement coordination efforts between the U.S. Marshals Service, the Ministry Federal Police, and Mexican INTERPOL with the Attorney’s General Office (PGR).

Kessler is not just your average drug kingpin though as this translated excerpt from the website Contra Linea indicates:

In his ministerial statement, Gustavo Jorge Arévalo Kessler, 43-year-old native of Heidelberg, Germany, son of Jorge Arevalo Gardoqui, who in turn was the brother of former Secretary of National Defense Juan Arevalo Gardoqui-, confessed to participating in moving drugs from South America to Mexico, and to carry cash abroad.

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From the you can’t make this stuff up files: Narcissistic Politicians gone wild as Kenner to build a monument to crooked politicians

Narcissistic personality disorder

Narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) is a personality disorder[1] in which the individual is described as being excessively preoccupied with issues of personal adequacy, power, prestige and vanity. This condition affects one percent of the population.[2][3] First formulated in 1968, it was historically called megalomania, and it is closely linked to egocentrism.

Mehtinks it takes a special kind of narcissist to abandon ones family name for the sake of political expediency as did current Kenner Mayor Mike Yenni (Maunoir) but man ‘o man is this guy full of himself or what for pushing construction of a monument to Kenner political luminaries such as convicted felon Aaron Broussard! Drew Broach struck gold on that one as his story has garnered over 60 comments (and counting) and not one thinks Yenni’s idea is a good use of public money (and that is putting it charitably).

Since we’re talking Kenner politics, one of the worst cesspools of corruption in the entire State of Louisiana, the rumor out of Mayor Yenni’s office is he now only answers to those that call him “The most exalted sultan of Kenner” before genuflecting to kiss his Mayoral ring.

I know some of you freaks out there are Mike Yenni fans but if this doesn’t convince you the boy is completely outta control nothing will.

Do internet search strings give blog moderators a backdoor peek at public opinion?

I’ve tangentially touched on this topic before when I highlighted Behavioral Economist Dan Ariely and his analysis of the Google auto complete feature to illustrate gender bias way back in January, 2010.  Occasionally I get a backdoor peek into what brings the internet searching public to Slabbed and it is laugh out loud funny. Search engines are a reflection of what the community is thinking and with the Jefferson Parish School Board squandering scare taxpayer money investigating one of its own members that was critical of a central office employee, I reckon the following Slabbed dashboard screen capture tells the tale of a fed up public:
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