Records show that a Democratic Congressman from Illinois rents his office space from a convicted drug pusher!
According to reports, Illinois Democratic Rep. Danny K. Davis rents his district office from a convicted cocaine dealer who was once affiliated with a Chicago drug ring. The records were first obtained and published by the Washington Free Beacon.
According to FEC records obtained by the Beacon, since January 2017, Davis’s campaign account has sent regular $600 checks for “office rent” to Mario’s Butcher Shop. The shop, which is registered as a corporation with the state, lists Mariano “Mario” Lettieri and his wife as the sole members of its board of directors. The butcher shop was at the center of Lettieri’s 1990 conviction for drug trafficking!
Lettieri, has been described by the Chicago Tribune as being “tied” to a “crime syndicate.” He was sentenced to nearly 16 years in prison after authorities identified him as the primary supplier of cocaine to a major Chicago drug ring led by an ex-cop. The Drug Enforcement Administration reported that Lettieri trafficked as much as 80 pounds of cocaine over a six-month period.
Some of the drugs were also sold from the butcher shop. According to arrest records, Lettieri allowed heroin to be packaged in his butcher shop’s boiler room and used “rib-eye steaks” as a code word when discussing drug prices.
One would think that Lettieri is an odd landlord for Representative Davis, who has long championed efforts to fight drug abuse in his district. In 2006 Davis called for $4 million in emergency aid funds to be allocated to Cook County to address the growing heroin problem in the area.
Last year, Davis announced that he had formed a coalition of drug prevention organizations in Chicago to help address the growing opioid crisis. He told the local press that “there is no part of Chicago that is worse hit than the West Side.” The West Side of Chicago is where Lettieri ran his drug operation in the 1980s.
Tumia Romero, Davis’s chief of staff, would not directly address the congressman’s payments to Lettieri but told the Free Beacon that Davis believes in giving people “second chances.”
Davis is no stranger to controversy. In 2005, he took a trip to Sri Lanka funded by the Tamil Tigers, an ethnic terrorist group from that country. He is a close ally of noted antisemite and Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan and once participated in a religious ceremony with Sun Myung Moon, the leader of the controversial Unification Church. Moon, who died in 2012, was a convicted felon who said Jews deserved the Holocaust.
The congressman also attended the 2012 dedication of the Church of Scientology’s Washington, D.C., lobbying office.
Davis, who faced a tough primary challenge this cycle, was boosted by an endorsement from President Joe Biden. The longtime congressman won his primary by single digits and is now expected to coast to reelection in November – ties to drug kingpins and antisemites notwithstanding!
2 thoughts on “Dem Congressman Pays Thousands to a Convicted Drug Lord!”
This is sad when you rent a office probably through a realtor and you find out that many years ago the person who owns the place was convicted of a drug crime. We have a ex president who is in 9 court houses across the country fighting charges that can put him in prison for the rest of his life. I rent a house and I have no idea who owns the house because I send my rent money to a rental company that handles that stuff. You must have a slow day to have to print this story unless you are racist and your not gonna admit that. Right?
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