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Miami Field Division - 2009 Releases

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ATF National Response Team Activated To Bayamon, Puerto Rico To The Caribbean Petroleum Corp. Explosion And Fire

October 23, 2009

The National Response Team from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) along with ATF special agents from the Puerto Rico Field Office, are responding to a reported explosion and subsequent active fire at the Caribbean Petroleum Corp. (Gulf Storage Plant). The Puerto Rico Fire Department and the Police of Puerto Rico requested ATF’s assistance. More »

Four Arrested and Charged in Connection With December 1, 2008 Dadeland Mall Robbery and Homicide

May 21, 2009

R. Alexander Acosta, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Hugo Barrera, Special Agent in Charge, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Robert L. Parker, Director, Miami-Dade Police Department, Amos Rojas, Jr., Special Agent in Charge, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, and Christina Pharo, United States Marshal, announced the arrest and filing of two federal criminal charges against four individuals for their participation in the December 1, 2008, armed robbery and murder of a Dunbar security guard at Dadeland Mall, in Kendall. More »

Public Adjuster, Claims Processor and Four Others Sentenced on Residential Arson Scheme

April 28, 2009

R. Alexander Acosta, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Hugo Barrera, Special Agent in Charge, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and Robert Parker, Director, Miami-Dade Police Department, announced that defendants Iraida Alvarez, Adiaris Figuerola, Alexis Perez, Erlin “Osmany” Perez, Carlos Stewart and Rosa Stewart were sentenced today by U.S. District Court Judge James L. King for their participation in an insurance fraud scheme. More »

Defendant Found Guilty of Conspiracy and Murder Charges in Connection With the Joe Cool Voyage

February 19, 2009

R. Alexander Acosta, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida; Jonathan I. Solomon, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Miami Field Division; Rear Admiral Steve Branham, Commander 7th Coast Guard District; Jonathan Sall, Special Agent in Charge, Coast Guard Investigative Service; Hugo Barrera, Special Agent in Charge, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; and Robert Parker, Director, Miami-Dade Police Department, announced that today defendant Guillermo Alfonso Zarabozo was found guilty by a jury for the first-degree murders of Jake H. Branam, Kelley S. Branam, Scott M. Gamble, and Samuel A. Kairy, as well as conspiracy to commit violence against maritime navigation. More »

Miami K-9 Teams Work With Security Team in Tampa for Super Bowl

January 30, 2009

Not everyone participating in this year’s Super Bowl is a football player. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has fielded its best players to help prepare for a safe and secure Super Bowl XLIII. More »

Recidivist Offender Sentenced to 327 Months

January 23, 2009

R. Alexander Acosta, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and Hugo Barrera, Special Agent in Charge, Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms, Tobacco, and Explosives (ATF), announced that defendant Robert Samuel Young, 60, previously convicted of three murders, was sentenced today to a term of 327 months’ imprisonment on charges of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. More »