|Who Is René Verdugo?
Approximately 27 years ago, René Verdugo was a parent, husband, son entrepreneur and yes a drug trafficker but René Verdugo is not a murderer. Currently, René Verdugo has lost his wife, children and property through divorce; his mother died in 2006, and only recently has his daughter, Michelle and son René Jr. renewed communications with him. He is currently serving an interminable sentence of 240 years for a crime he didn't commit. Within this Web page you will find all the information the government has released related to his case, including trial transcripts, pleadings, and a letter by Mr. Verdugo to the past three Mexican Presidents explaining in greater detail everything from his kidnapping to his current status as inmate at Tucson Penitentiary in Tucson, Arizona.
Mr. Verdugo's case, quite notorious in the early 1980's, included violations of Mexico's sovereignty, extradition treaties and human rights; Supreme Court arguments and a ruling from the Supreme Court that offended every law abiding nation that was following this case; it includes government conspiracies, fabrication of evidence and serious violations of law by both FBI and DEA agents.
Mr. Verdugo's conviction was based largely on the government's expert witness testimony of FBI Laboratory Agent Michael Malone. The one single piece of alleged physical evidence introduced at trial was a single strand of hair belonging to Mr. Verdugo. According to testimony, it was found months later at the scene of DEA Agent Enrique "Kiki" Camarena's torture and death after the house had undergone partial demolition and remodeling, paint, new carpet & other flooring, cleaning, new furniture, etc. Included in the DVD are numerous reports calling into questions not only Mr. Malone's credibility, but also those of the FBI's own crime lab as well.
As is becoming more and more well known, several convictions based on DNA evidence presented by the FBI Crime Lab, especially that of Special Agent Michael Malone, have been overturned in the last few years.
According to then U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno's office, approximately three thousand (3,000) cases were found suspect because of faulty or misrepresented FBI Lab work but time and lack of money have prevented further results.
Mr. Malone, who was the FBI's rising star in the 80's was subsequently transferred to other assignments when the FBI started suffering the repercussions of his blatant abuse of his position in their crime lab and was allowed to retire in 1999.
In the United States' fervor and desperate need to convict someone, anyone, of the kidnapping and murder of DEA Enrique Camarena, Mr. Verdugo's civil and human rights were blatantly cast aside in order to convict an innocent man of a murder he did not commit. It is Mr. Verdugo's hope that through your interest, e-mails and comments, you can help him with his case.