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Isolina “la Madrina” Maroño
A commissioner from one of the most corrupt municipalities in Miami-Dade County tried to use her political muscle to sic the cops on a local television reporter who was digging for more dirt on the scandal-plagued city.
Sweetwater commissioner Isabel Maroño was not going to let an ongoing federal investigation that has already led to the conviction of the city’s mayor – who also happens to be her son – from trying to intimidate a reporter for making inquiries that could possibly lead to more arrests.
But her plan backfired when the local cops not only refused to investigate Erika Carrillo from the Spanish-language station, America Teve, but the complaint led to further inquiries from a reporter from El Nuevo Herald, prompting the commissioner to say the following:
“I’m not interested in speaking to you. I don’t know how you dare call me.”
This is a woman who has been quoted in the past as saying, “You either off the press or pay off the press.”
Not to be deterred by the police disinterest in her complaint, Maroño and another commissioner, a former cop named Catalino Rodriguez, visited America Teve to try to get them to kill the
story, which involved Carrillo attempting to interview department head Jennifer Muñoz-Maroño, who is also la Madrina’s daughter-in-law.
Rodriguez was a Sweetwater cop until last year when a commission seat became available after its predecessor had to take over the mayoral position in the wake of his arrest, so it’s probably only a matter of time when he becomes mayor.
Sweetwater is so dirty that even the Miami Herald refers to it as “sleazy Sweetwater” in a recent report:
A small city wedged in the northeast corner of Southwest Eighth Street and Florida’s Turnpike, Sweetwater’s claim to fame is that it was founded by Russian circus midgets 72 years ago.
But by the 1980s, Sweetwater gained a reputation as a corruption capital. Cops were investigated for beating up citizens. One officer went on a murder-robbery spree. And four city commissioners and the mayor were found guilty in a federal extortion scheme.
This year, Mayor Manny Maroño upheld the city’s sad tradition when he was indicted in an FBI grant-fraud sting.
Federal agents and the press then set about untangling the web of corruption in Sweetwater.
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