Welcome to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Miami Field Division. Our Division is responsible for ATF criminal enforcement and industry regulatory activities in Florida and the Caribbean. Our dedicated work force is comprised of special agents, investigators, explosive enforcement officers, auditors, technicians and support staff.
ATF is committed to reducing violent crime in our neighborhoods. ATF’s Miami Field Division special agents combat firearms violence by focusing their investigative efforts on armed violent offenders, career criminals, gun traffickers and gangs. We also work in partnership with other local, state and federal law enforcement agencies throughout South Florida and the Caribbean to accomplish this mission.
Explosives and arson enforcement is an integral part of ATF’s overall violent crime reduction strategy. ATF’s Miami Field Division special agents combat arson and explosives-related crimes by conducting independent investigations and by working in partnership with local and state fire investigators and police bomb squads.
ATF also has the duty of regulating the firearms and explosives industries. Our industry operations investigators work to ensure that all firearms and explosives are stored, handled and sold in a safe manner as mandated by federal law.
We encourage all residents to get involved and assist us in our goal of reducing crime in our communities. Give us a call and let us know what we can do for you. Our phone number is (305) 597-4800.
Special Agent in Charge
Miami Field Division
Hugo Barrera is the Special Agent in Charge (SAC) of the Miami Field Division, of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) where he oversees and directs ATF operations in South Florida, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
ATF is a key law enforcement agency within the U. S. Department of Justice that protects our communities from violent criminals, criminal organizations, the illegal use and storage of explosives, trafficking of firearms, acts of arson and bombings, acts of terrorism, and the illegal diversion of alcohol and tobacco products. The men and women of ATF perform the dual responsibilities of enforcing Federal criminal laws and regulating the firearms and explosives industries to protect against crime, violence, and other threats to public safety.
Previous to this assignment, SAC Barrera served as the Deputy Assistant Director, Office of Strategic Intelligence and Information (OSII), where he oversaw the Bureau’s key case investigative database system: the U.S. Bomb Data Center and International Bomb Data Center. SAC Barrera was appointed to the position of Deputy Assistant Director, ATF Field Operations (East), and oversaw ATF’s Operational Security, as well as investigative, explosives and security efforts. He previously held the position of SAC, Miami Field Division from 2000-2004, and has served as Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Houston Field Division.
SAC Barrera became a special agent with ATF in 1983, after serving as a City of Miami Police Officer/Homicide Detective. He served as Resident Agent in Charge in the Los Angeles, Houston and Boston Field Divisions, and served in the Integrity Division of the Office of Professional Responsibility and Security Operations at ATF National Headquarters, investigating White House inquiries of the Oklahoma City bombing and the event at Waco.
SAC Barrera serves on the Firearms Committee of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, and is a member of the International Association of Bomb Technicians and Investigators. He was the President of the ATF Hispanic Agents Association for 3 years. In 2009, SAC Barrera received the prestigious U.S. Attorney General’s Award of Excellence in Information Technology for the creation of the International Bomb Data Center Portal while serving as OSII’s Deputy Assistant Director in Washington, DC.