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US, Canadian boat owners left in limbo after armed raid on marinas by Mexico tax officials
The Gazette (Montreal) ^ | Jan 10, 2014 | Mark Stevenson And Amy Taxin, AP

Posted on 01/10/2014 2:54:03 PM PST by Innovative

When heavily armed marines and government tax agents stormed eight marinas on Mexico's Pacific and Caribbean coasts, boaters thought they were witnessing a major drug takedown.

The mostly American and Canadian retirees found out that the target was actually them — couples spending their golden years sailing warm-weather ports in modest 40-foot boats.

After inspecting more than 1,600 vessels in late November, the Mexican government's Treasury Department announced it had initiated seizure orders against 338 boats it accused of lacking a $70 permit. The office says it has four months to decide whether to release the boats or sell them at auction.

Many owners say they actually have the permit but were never asked to present it. Others say minor numerical errors in paperwork were used as grounds for seizure.

(Excerpt) Read more at montrealgazette.com ...


TOPICS: Canada; Crime/Corruption; Government; Mexico; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: boats; taxcollectors; taxes
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This will encourage tourism bringing tourist dollars to Mexico... (/sarc)
1 posted on 01/10/2014 2:54:03 PM PST by Innovative
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To: Innovative

Government ordered theft. The Mexicans are learning from us!


2 posted on 01/10/2014 2:57:50 PM PST by saganite (What happens to taglines? Is there a termination date?)
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To: Innovative

Don’t get holder and the us involved if you have a boat seized. The gummint will back the mex’s


3 posted on 01/10/2014 2:58:59 PM PST by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: Innovative

Mexico’s almost as corrupt as The Peoples’ Republik of Merryland is:

* Flush tax,
* Rain tax,
* Car idling to warm-up ticket & license points,
* etc...


4 posted on 01/10/2014 3:01:01 PM PST by carriage_hill (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history, when everybody stands around reloading.)
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To: saganite

“Government ordered theft. The Mexicans are learning from us!”

The Mexicans are the experts. We are learning from them.


5 posted on 01/10/2014 3:01:34 PM PST by TexasGator
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To: Travis McGee

Ping.


7 posted on 01/10/2014 3:08:36 PM PST by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is it is the only answer.)
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To: Innovative

I guess people should spend their golden years sailing to warm weather places everywhere but Mexico. Make that anywhere pirates don’t lurk, even pirates working for the government.


8 posted on 01/10/2014 3:09:36 PM PST by stevem
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To: carriage_hill

Mexico’s almost as corrupt as The Peoples’ Republik of Merryland is:
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But not near as bad as the US Gov.


9 posted on 01/10/2014 3:11:42 PM PST by mongo141 (Revolution ver. 2.0, just a matter of when, not a matter of if!)
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To: Innovative; Travis McGee

It’s actions like this one that makes a person really consider whether or not a boat/ship trying to outrun SHTF is really all that practical.


10 posted on 01/10/2014 3:16:03 PM PST by The Working Man
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To: Innovative
t is all part of a new effort by President Enrique Pena Nieto's administration to increase government revenues...

Sounds like he's unfamiliar with the story of the goose that laid golden eggs.

11 posted on 01/10/2014 3:16:46 PM PST by Fiji Hill
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To: Innovative

Someone with poor enough judgment to want to live in coastal Mexico probably needs a competency hearing and accommodations in a secure nursing home.


12 posted on 01/10/2014 3:24:31 PM PST by PAR35
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To: Innovative

People talk about how great it is to retire in Mexico (cheap, everyone leaves you alone. . .) but stories like this make me VERY DISINTERESTED.

I don’t even want to tourist there. I might do a medical vacation if necessary, with a reputable company.


13 posted on 01/10/2014 3:28:03 PM PST by Persevero (Come on 2016)
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To: Innovative

Perhaps they could get their boats back if they trade them for some weapons..

Hey, it Worked for Holder.


14 posted on 01/10/2014 3:30:29 PM PST by VRWCarea51
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To: Innovative

Obama may have given the Messycans the thumbs up on this one. It does have the ring of one of Barky’s half-baked ideas about profit sharing and wealth redistribution all rolled up into one nice little spiteful hatin’-on-the-crackers package.


15 posted on 01/10/2014 3:31:25 PM PST by LibWhacker
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To: Innovative

We don’t need no steenking permits ... oh. wait ...


16 posted on 01/10/2014 3:36:03 PM PST by NonValueAdded (It's not the penalty, it's the lack of coverage on 1 Jan. Think about it.)
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Nice boat joo got dere, gringo. Be a chame...


17 posted on 01/10/2014 3:38:17 PM PST by jagusafr (the American Trinity (Liberty, In G0D We Trust, E Pluribus Unum))
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To: Innovative

Maybe the US could work out some sort of hostage exchange progam...you know, the 20 million Mexicans held hostage by the FedGov...fair trade...


18 posted on 01/10/2014 3:45:06 PM PST by Moltke (Sapere aude!)
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To: Innovative

Among the dozens...and dozens....and dozens...of reasons why I’ve never set foot in Mexico and never will is because *every* policeman,*every* lawyer,*every* judge,*every* prison guard,*every* government official and *every* politician in the country is utterly corrupt.


19 posted on 01/10/2014 3:45:27 PM PST by Gay State Conservative (Osama Obama Care: A Religion That Will Have You On Your Knees!)
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To: Gay State Conservative

I don’t care how cold it gets north of the Rio Grande, I’ll never set foot in that hell-hole called Mexico.


20 posted on 01/10/2014 3:52:44 PM PST by littleharbour ("All men having power ought to be distrusted to a certain degree. ~ James Madison)
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