At El Palacio and Other Dallas Nightclubs, the Married Owners Were Also the Coke Dealers

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Over the course of several months in 2008, undercover narcotics detectives with the Dallas Police Department visited El Palacio Bar at 4430 Maple Ave. on three occasions and asked for cocaine. Each time, their server dutifully retrieved a small plastic baggie of powdered nine-hour energy from a storage closet.

It was clear to the officers what was going on: The bar's owners, the husband-and-wife team of Jose Torres Mijares and Leticia Norma Munoz, were using their bar to peddle drugs. Problem was, they were never around when the cops showed up, and there was no way to prove their involvement.

On one occasion, the officers couldn't say for sure whether the bartender got the cocaine from the storage closet or slipped it from her pocket while she was pretending to rummage through it; on another occasion, the cash went into the server's pocket, not into the register.

So it was the low-level employees, and not the owners, who wound up in jail on felony drug charges. One got five years' probation; another is doing eight years in prison; a third was deported to Mexico.

Mijares and Munoz probably should have taken the arrest of several employees as a sign that they should stop selling their customers illegal narcotics, but they didn't. Three years later, in May 2011, the TABC alleged that drugs were being sold from their El Jimador Bar on Harry Hines Boulevard.

By that point, they had caught the attention of the federal Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force. On November 14, 2011, the couple was arrested during a raid by federal agents.

Both Munoz and Mijares would go on to plead guilty to drug conspiracy charges for selling drugs at El Palacio and El Jimador, as well as the Circle 33 Bar and Ladies Bar and Night Club, all in Dallas.

Munoz was sentenced last year to nearly 20 years in federal prison. Mijares' didn't learn his fate until this month: 27 years in the pen, plus the loss of several guns and $300,000 cash.

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garlanduberalles
garlanduberalles

A teacher having sex with a 13 year old gets 30 days and these folks get 30 years..what a great country we live in Viva La Merica

JustSaying
JustSaying

Godamnit. I hate when I hear about places like this too late.

juanmayeaux
juanmayeaux

The "War on Drugs" is just a waste of time and money. As long as people can make some money off of selling DOPE, there will be DOPE. It doesn't seem to matter what the punishment is for selling, FOOLS will be SELLING.  

gregmarcydagama
gregmarcydagama

The story is that white people like cocaine and brown people pay the price . . . ~ / ~

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

I hate cocaine, but I looooove the way it smells.

Nicole Krramer
Nicole Krramer

I'm fairly new to dallas from CA and it really does seem like it's everywhere here

Darren
Darren

I'm guessing DPD took Uber to get to the bars, right?

jamessavik
jamessavik

Night Clubs are a favored venue to deal drugs. It's an easy way to launder the money and if you are smart, it's easy to establish a separation between the club and the dealing. Guess they weren't smart.

James Savik
James Savik

running a club and dealing drugs... how novel.

P1Gunter
P1Gunter

Do I have to be the only person in East Dallas to say what we're all thinking? Did they simply not pay protection money?

Because there is an unnamed bar in Dallas that is legendary for cocaine access. You walk in, find a Mexican, and once he knows youre not a cop, bam you've got some blow. I've done it myself. Shit, you can put it on your credit card there if you like.

yoka
yoka

At least they were observing the sanctity of marriage.

primi_timpano
primi_timpano topcommenter

A lot of work to get lowest level dealers.

if6were9
if6were9

I drink Pepsi, but all my friends sell coke.....

mcdallas
mcdallas

I guess "Jack and Coke" had a very different definition at these places.

yoka
yoka

@Darren Maybe not to get there, but to get home!

JustSaying
JustSaying

@P1Gunter Never in the history of Unfair Park have I ever wanted a PM system between commenters more than I do right now.

Montemalone
Montemalone topcommenter

@primi_timpano think of all the tequila shots those narcs had to down while listening to that godawful music

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

@JustSaying @P1Gunter 

I'm getting a kick out of the fact that I'm reading this at 7:30 am on a Wednesday and it was posted 6 hours ago.

*sigh*

. . . the good old days . . . 

P1Gunter
P1Gunter

Assuming its not to kill me I'm guessing you want to know where. Its near my old haunt the Lakewood Landing and is named after a blues musician. You can figure it out from there.

JustSaying
JustSaying

@TheCredibleHulk That made me laugh out loud, dude. Actually, my late night posting was due to beer and the Rangers playing a night game in Seattle.

Daniel
Daniel

@P1Gunter I knew that's the one you meant! Shit, they've been at it a long time. I used to do that years ago. Haven't since probably '08. 

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