4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs

From San Diego to the White House Lawn: Alleged Gaddafi Smuggling Plot

In an April 2 press conference on the White House lawn in Washington, Mexico's president, Felipe Calderon, praised the co-operation between Mexico, Canada and the United States in foiling an alleged plot to smuggle the son of Muammar Gaddafi out of Libya and into Mexico. When the Union Tribune initially broke the story in San Diego, it was linked to two closely entwined San Diego companies: Veritas Solutions and Veritas Security.

Four people have been arrested in connection with the plot: Cynthia Vanier, a Canadian citizen, Gabriela de Cueto, a Mexican national with a residence in Coronado, Pierre Christian Flensborg, a Danish national, and Jose Luis Kennedy Prieto, a Mexican citizen. Christian Eduardo Esquino, a Mexican citizen and former resident of Coronado, owned the planes involved in the alleged plot. Esquino has recently been arrested as well.

As reported in the international blog La Politica es la politica, Calderon depicted the events this way: "This [alleged plot] implied an international and very North American operation, because it was headed up by a Canadian business woman, who hired an American company, which hired in turn Mexican pilots and counterfeiters, this multinational operation...would not have been avoided without international security mechanisms that we didn't have before and now we have."

La politica goes on to observe, "Mr. Calderon failed to mention that none of the four individuals imprisoned in Mexico and facing charges with regard to the alleged plot had been found guilty of any crime."

It's campaign season in Mexico. Although Calderon is inelgible to run again, his party, PAN (Partido Accion Nacional) is running a candidate in the July 1 election. Gregory Gillispie, who owns the company that brokered the flights for the alleged plot, reiterated in an April 4 interview that the motivation for these arrests is "political."

Through his security company, Gillispie asserts that he has dealings with people at the highest level of the Mexican government "and I've been told all along these arrests are political." (For more details see March 28 Reader story "Gregory Gillispie Discusses Gabriela de Cueto's Arrest in Mexico City."

The Mexican government has named Gillispie as a suspect, but he maintains that they have made no attempt to contact him. "I just wish I could hold a press conference like Calderon and lay all my evidence on the table," Gillispie said. "I'd really like to get my partners [Gabriela de Cueto and Pierre Flensborg] out of jail.

"The Mexican government is beginning to investigate what happened. They already dropped one of the charges against Vanier."

Cynthia Vanier and Gabriela de Cueto were charged with organized crime, attempted human trafficking and falsifying documents.

Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all

Previous article

City expands outreach to vaccine-hesitant communities

Hesitation Nation
Next Article

Cloak & Petal honors Oda Nobunaga’s Demise

Get out of your comfort zone and give gin a try

In an April 2 press conference on the White House lawn in Washington, Mexico's president, Felipe Calderon, praised the co-operation between Mexico, Canada and the United States in foiling an alleged plot to smuggle the son of Muammar Gaddafi out of Libya and into Mexico. When the Union Tribune initially broke the story in San Diego, it was linked to two closely entwined San Diego companies: Veritas Solutions and Veritas Security.

Four people have been arrested in connection with the plot: Cynthia Vanier, a Canadian citizen, Gabriela de Cueto, a Mexican national with a residence in Coronado, Pierre Christian Flensborg, a Danish national, and Jose Luis Kennedy Prieto, a Mexican citizen. Christian Eduardo Esquino, a Mexican citizen and former resident of Coronado, owned the planes involved in the alleged plot. Esquino has recently been arrested as well.

As reported in the international blog La Politica es la politica, Calderon depicted the events this way: "This [alleged plot] implied an international and very North American operation, because it was headed up by a Canadian business woman, who hired an American company, which hired in turn Mexican pilots and counterfeiters, this multinational operation...would not have been avoided without international security mechanisms that we didn't have before and now we have."

La politica goes on to observe, "Mr. Calderon failed to mention that none of the four individuals imprisoned in Mexico and facing charges with regard to the alleged plot had been found guilty of any crime."

It's campaign season in Mexico. Although Calderon is inelgible to run again, his party, PAN (Partido Accion Nacional) is running a candidate in the July 1 election. Gregory Gillispie, who owns the company that brokered the flights for the alleged plot, reiterated in an April 4 interview that the motivation for these arrests is "political."

Through his security company, Gillispie asserts that he has dealings with people at the highest level of the Mexican government "and I've been told all along these arrests are political." (For more details see March 28 Reader story "Gregory Gillispie Discusses Gabriela de Cueto's Arrest in Mexico City."

The Mexican government has named Gillispie as a suspect, but he maintains that they have made no attempt to contact him. "I just wish I could hold a press conference like Calderon and lay all my evidence on the table," Gillispie said. "I'd really like to get my partners [Gabriela de Cueto and Pierre Flensborg] out of jail.

"The Mexican government is beginning to investigate what happened. They already dropped one of the charges against Vanier."

Cynthia Vanier and Gabriela de Cueto were charged with organized crime, attempted human trafficking and falsifying documents.

Sponsored
Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all
Comments
0

Be the first to leave a comment.

Sign in to comment

Sign in

Art Reviews — W.S. Di Piero's eye on exhibits Ask a Hipster — Advice you didn't know you needed Best Buys — San Diego shopping Big Screen — Movie commentary Blurt — Music's inside track Booze News — San Diego spirits City Lights — News and politics Classical Music — Immortal beauty Classifieds — Free and easy Cover Stories — Front-page features Excerpts — Literary and spiritual excerpts Famous Former Neighbors — Next-door celebs Feast! — Food & drink reviews Feature Stories — Local news & stories From the Archives — Spotlight on the past Golden Dreams — Talk of the town Here's the Deal — Chad Deal's watering holes Just Announced — The scoop on shows Letters — Our inbox [email protected] — Local movie buffs share favorites Movie Reviews — Our critics' picks and pans Musician Interviews — Up close with local artists Neighborhood News from Stringers — Hyperlocal news News Ticker — News & politics Obermeyer — San Diego politics illustrated Of Note — Concert picks Out & About — What's Happening Overheard in San Diego — Eavesdropping illustrated Poetry — The old and the new Pour Over — Grab a cup Reader Travel — Travel section built by travelers Reading — The hunt for intellectuals Roam-O-Rama — SoCal's best hiking/biking trails San Diego Beer — Inside San Diego suds SD on the QT — Almost factual news Drinks All Around — Bartenders' drink recipes Sheep and Goats — Places of worship Special Issues — The best of Sports — Athletics without gush Street Style — San Diego streets have style Suit Up — Fashion tips for dudes Theater Reviews — Local productions Theater antireviews — Narrow your search Tin Fork — Silver spoon alternative Under the Radar — Matt Potter's undercover work Unforgettable — Long-ago San Diego Unreal Estate — San Diego's priciest pads Waterfront — All things ocean Your Week — Daily event picks
4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs
Close