(MIAMI,Fla.) USCG REPORT: Coast Guard Cutter Robert Yered’s crew transferred 30 migrants to Bahamian authorities, Wednesday, after their voyage was interdicted off Hallandale Beach #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Sept.22: The suspected smuggler was transferred to Homeland Security Investigation agents for further questioning into suspected human smuggling.

#AceDailyNews reports that Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine Operation flight crew reported a suspected migrant vessel to Sector Miami watchstanders Saturday, at approximately 10 p.m.

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A Station Fort Lauderdale law enforcement crew arrived on scene and embarked 25 Haitian migrants, three Colombian migrants, one Chinese migrant, one Peruvian migrant, and one suspected Bahamian smuggler. The migrants were transferred to the Cutter Robert Yered.

Coast Guard transfers 30 migrants to Bahamas; detains smuggler

A Station Fort Lauderdale law enforcement crew embarked 25 Haitians, three Colombians, one Chinese migrant, one Peruvian migrant, and one suspected Bahamian smuggler off Hallandale Beach, Florida, Sep. 18, 2021. Coast Guard Cutter Robert Yered's crew transferred 30 migrants to Bahamian authorities. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

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“The Coast Guard and our partner agencies are aggressively patrolling the waters around Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Cuba, Puerto Rico, and The Bahamas to ensure safety of life at sea,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Petrofsky, a coxswain at Coast Guard Station Fort Lauderdale. “We will continue to stop these illegal voyages and carry out our mission of ensuring safe, orderly, and legal migration.”

Since Oct, 1, 2020, Coast Guard crews have interdicted 588 Haitian migrants compared to: 

  • 418 Haitian Migrants in Fiscal Year 2020
  • 932 Haitian Migrants in Fiscal Year 2019
  • 609 Haitian Migrants in Fiscal Year 2018
  • 419 Haitian Migrants in Fiscal Year 2017

Once aboard a Coast Guard cutter, all migrants receive food, water, shelter and basic medical attention. Throughout the interdiction, Coast Guard crew members were equipped with personal protective equipment to minimize potential exposure to any possible case of COVID-19.

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(FLORIDA) Justice Dept Court Report: Residents Charged with Conspiring to Violate Iran Sanctions and Other Crimes #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Sept.16: According to the criminal complaint affidavit, between October 2016 and November 2020, Express Gene received numerous wire transfers from accounts in Malaysia, the People’s Republic of China, Singapore, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates, totaling almost $3.5 million. It is alleged that some of the money received was used by Express Gene and its principals to purchase genetic sequencing equipment from U.S. manufacturers and ship them to Iran without a license from the Department of the Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) to export the machines, despite sanctions on Iran.

#AceDailyNews reports that three Florida residents have been charged in federal district court in Miami with crimes related to their alleged violations of U.S. sanctions on Iran, and money laundering…..

Defendants Mohammad Faghihi, 52, his wife Farzeneh Modarresi, 53, and his sister Faezeh Faghihi, 50, operated Florida company Express Gene: The incoming money also was used by F. Faghihi and Modarresi to fund the 2019 purchase of the Express Gene property, says the affidavit.

On Feb. 20, Faghihi arrived at Miami International Airport from Iran, where he was inspected by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers. According to the charging documents, during his inspection by CBP officers, Faghihi made false statements, including that he did not practice his profession in Iran or conduct any type of research in Iran. In fact, according to the affidavit, Faghihi was the director of a laboratory within Shiraz University of Medical Science in Iran bearing his name: “Dr. Faghihi’s Medical Genetic Center,”. In addition, his luggage contained 17 vials of unknown biological substances covered with ice packs and concealed beneath bread and other food items, according to the affidavit. All the vials were subject to regulations. 

From approximately 2013 to approximately 2020, Faghihi was an Assistant Professor at the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at the University of Miami (UM), Miller School of Medicine. During this period, he was the principal investigator on several National Institute of Health (NIH) grants awarded in February 2013, December 2016 and June 2017. It is alleged that Express Gene and Faghihi received large deposits from international wires during this period, but they were not disclosed as required to either UM or NIH’s financial conflict of interest reporting system.

Defendants made their initial federal court appearances today. Their pretrial detention hearings will take place tomorrow, Sept. 15, at 10:00 a.m. in federal magistrate court in Miami.

All defendants are charged with conspiring to commit an offense against the United States and conspiring to commit money laundering. Faghihi and Modarresi are also charged with the unlawful exports of goods to Iran, and smuggling goods out of the United States. Faghihi and F. Faghihi were charged with smuggling goods into the United States and making false statements. Faghihi is further charged with wire fraud.

Acting Assistant Attorney General Mark J. Lesko for the Justice Department’s National Security Division; Acting U.S. Attorney Juan Antonio Gonzalez for the Southern District of Florida; Special Agent in Charge George Piro of the FBI’s Miami Field Office; and Director Vernon Foret of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Miami Field Office made the announcement.

FBI Miami and CBP Miami are investigating the case. The University of Miami provided invaluable assistance.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Thakur and Senior Litigation Counsel Randy Hummel of the Southern District of Florida and Trial Attorney Menno Goedman of the National Security Division’s Counterintelligence and Export Control Section are prosecuting the case.

A criminal complaint is merely an allegation, and all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

#AceNewsDesk report ……Published: Sept.16: 2021:

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(MIAMI) USCG REPORT: Coast Guard Cutter Manatee’s crew transferred 14 migrants to Bahamian authorities, Monday #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Sept.15: A Customs and Border Protection law enforcement small boat crew intercepted the vessel and the migrants were transferred aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Manatee.

#AceDailyNews reports that Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine Operations agents contacted Coast Guard Sector Miami watchstanders at 6:30 a.m., Saturday, after locating a suspicious vessel approximately 13 miles east of Baker’s Haulover Inlet, Florida.

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There were 21 people aboard the vessel: four Haitian adult males, three Haitian male minors, one Haitian female minor, six Haitian adult females, two Jamaican adult males, one Saint Kitts and Nevis adult male, three Dominican males and one Bahamian male.

Three migrants, including the suspected smuggler, were transferred to Homeland Security Investigations personnel for further investigation.

Four migrants were medically evacuated to a higher level of care due to reports of severe dehydration.

Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine Operations took custody of the migrant vessel: We urge any person thinking of taking part in an illegal voyage to not take to the sea,” said Cmdr. Eric Pare, a search and rescue mission coordinator at Sector Miami Command Center. “Taking to the seas on unsafe vessels is dangerous and can result in loss of life.”

Since Oct, 1, 2020, Coast Guard crews have interdicted 486 Haitian migrants compared to:

  •  418 Haitian Migrants in Fiscal Year 2020
  •  932 Haitian Migrants in Fiscal Year 2019
  •  609 Haitian Migrants in Fiscal Year 2018
  •  419 Haitian Migrants in Fiscal Year 2017

Interdictions include the total number of at-sea interdictions, landings and disruptions in the Florida Straits, Caribbean Sea and Atlantic Ocean.

Once aboard a Coast Guard cutter, all migrants receive food, water, shelter and basic medical attention. Throughout the interdiction, Coast Guard crew members were equipped with personal protective equipment to minimize potential exposure to any possible case of #COVID19

#AceNewsDesk report ……….Published: Sept.15: 2021:

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(MIAMI) USCG REPORT: Coast Guard Cutter William Flores’ crew transferred 15 Haitian migrants to Bahamian authorities, Wednesday #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Sept.10: There were 17 people aboard the vessel: one suspected smuggler, five adult Haitian males, seven adult Haitian females and four Haitian accompanied female minors. Coast Guard Cutter Flying Fish’s crew arrived on scene and embarked the migrants…..

#AceDailyNews reports that Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine Operations agents requested assistance from Coast Guard Sector Miami in the interdiction of a 24-foot cuddy cabin, Millie Jane, approximately 13 miles east of Miami Beach, Saturday.

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Coast Guard transfers 15 migrants to Bahamas; 1 smuggler detained

A 24-foot cuddy cabin, Millie Jane, approximately 13 miles east of Miami Beach, Sep. 4, 2021. Coast Guard Cutter William Flores’ crew transferred 15 Haitian migrants to Bahamian authorities. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

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No medical concerns were reported. 

The suspected smuggler, a Bahamian adult male, was transferred to Homeland Security Investigations personnel for further investigation.

One migrant was determined to have a valid manifestation of fear and is being transferred to the proper authorities.

Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine Operations boat crew towed the vessel to Station Miami Beach.

“Migrant interdiction patrols help save lives by deterring dangerous illegal migrant activity and removing migrants from unsafe conditions/situations,” said Cmdr. Jacob McMillan, Coast Guard Liaison Officer Bahamas. 

Since Oct, 1, 2020, Coast Guard crews have interdicted 398 Haitian migrants compared to:

  •  418 Haitian Migrants in Fiscal Year 2020
  •  932 Haitian Migrants in Fiscal Year 2019
  •  609 Haitian Migrants in Fiscal Year 2018
  •  419 Haitian Migrants in Fiscal Year 2017

Interdictions include the total number of at-sea interdictions, landings and disruptions in the Florida Straits, Caribbean Sea and Atlantic Ocean.

Once aboard a Coast Guard cutter, all migrants receive food, water, shelter and basic medical attention. Throughout the interdiction, Coast Guard crew members were equipped with personal protective equipment to minimize potential exposure to any possible case of COVID-19.

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: Sept.10: 2021:

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(MIAMI) USCG REPORT: Coast Guard Station Key West rescue crews assisted four men, Tuesday, after their fishing vessel, Aqua Limo II, became disabled #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Sept.09: The station crew towed the vessel and brought the four survivors back to Station Key West to awaiting Emergency Medical Service personnel, Wednesday. No injuries were reported.

#AceDailyNews reports Station Key West’s crew located the vessel and embarked the four men. The men stated they departed Cancun, Mexico, on Aug. 29, then they broke down………They had no food, water or fuel on board.

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A 40-foot fishing vessel, Aqua Limo II, disabled approximately 63 miles southwest of Key West, Sep. 7, 2021. The men aboard the vessel stated they departed Cancun, Mexico, on Aug. 29 when they broke down. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

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Coast Guard Station Key West rescue crews assisted four men approximately 63 miles southwest of Key West, Sep. 8, 2021. The men aboard the vessel stated they departed Cancun, Mexico, on Aug. 29 when they broke down. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

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A Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine Operations aircrew notified Coast Guard Sector Key West watchstanders Tuesday, at approximately 12:45 p.m., of a 40-foot fishing vessel adrift approximately 63 miles southwest of Key West.

“It is always good to see a happy ending during a search and rescue case all while bolstering our relationship with our neighboring countries,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Collin Snovell, coxswain at Station Key West. “We are just happy to help return the four men back home to their families.” 

We remind mariners to check the weather before going out, tell someone where you are going and when you’ll be back, wear a life jacket, ensure your safety gear is up to date, and have a registered emergency position indicator radio beacon onboard. 

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(MIAMI,Fla.) USCG REPORT: Coast Guard Cutter Thetis crewmembers and a good Samaritan rescued 13 people, nine males and four females, from the water after their vessel capsized, Tuesday, approximately 26 miles southeast of Key West #AceNewsDesk report

#AceDailyNews reports that a good Samaritan has rescued 13 from water off Key West and Thetis’ crewmembers interviewed the survivors and reported they left from Cuba and their vessel capsized with 22 people aboard at approximately 8 p.m. on Monday. The survivors also reported seven males and two females are missing.

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Coast Guard, good Samaritan rescue 13 from water off Key West

Coast Guard, good Samaritan rescue 13 from water near Key West
Coast Guard, good Samaritan rescue 13 from water near Key West
Coast Guard, good Samaritan rescue 13 from water near Key West
Coast Guard, good Samaritan rescue 13 from water near Key West

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The motor vessel Western Carmen’s crew contacted Sector Key West watchstanders at approximately 1:30 p.m. to report they found four people in the water. 

The Cutter Thetis along with the Cutter William Trump remained on scene and are continuing to search for the nine missing people.

#AceNewsDesk report ……Published: July.08: 2021:

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(MIAMI) Condo Collapse Report: While the search continues at the site of Champlain Towers South condo collapse in Surfside continues, the town’s mayor said they have concerns about another building #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.07: Surfside Mayor Charles Burkett said while the investigation into what caused the collapse is ongoing, its sister building is under investigation.

‘Deep Concerns’: Surfside Mayor Charles Burkett On Sister Building Of Condo That Collapsed as officials say they are doing a deep dive with respect to the sister building, you know, called the Champlain Towers North, which is essentially the same building, built by the same developer at the same time, with the same plans probably with the same materials and as Search Crews Recover Four More Victims, Death Toll At 28 the building is demolished as the danger of Elsa Slamming Lower Florida Key With Tropical Storm Force Winds, Heavy Rain fears.

: July.06: at 11:50: AM:

Given we do not know why the first building fell down, we have significant concerns about that building and the residents in there. You know, from the very beginning, we worked to make sure that those residents had alternative housing if they wanted it. Several of them have taken us up on that offer,” he said.

The mayor said the town is working with the building’s condo board.

“We’re going to do everything that we can to look at those structural systems, including ground-penetrating radar, the columns, the beams, the slabs, and try to get our arms around what may be happening, what did happen. Like I said, we have some concerns, some deep concerns, about that building, especially given we don’t know what has happened,” he said:

Burkett said they are also responding to the owners of other large residential buildings in the town.

“We are currently responding to inquiries from our large buildings in town regarding the collapse and advising them that they should do a full structural review of their systems, he said.

The mayor said he regularly meets with the families anxiously awaiting word on their loved ones who are still missing.

“They’ve asked me if they can somehow get back down to the site to visit. I told them that I support that idea. Of course, we have to work around the rescue efforts. Whether we do it over the course of a couple of days, I think it would be very, very good for those families to again see the amazing efforts that are being expended on their behalf,” he said.

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: July.07: 2021:

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(MIAMI, Fla.) LATEST: At least 4-people are dead and many more missing after high rise building ‘Surfside’ collapsed #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – June.26: A massive rescue effort is underway Friday morning in Surfside, Florida, in response to the partial building collapse that killed at least four peopleand resulted in at least 159 people being unaccounted for…..

MIAMI: Surfside Building Collapse: Death toll rises to 4 as rescuers put own lives at risk to find survivors, at the time of the collapse there were storms in the area overnight and reports of lightning as a massive rescue for survivors is underway ……..

1 day ago

Florida Lt. governor on Surfside rescue efforts: We have not given up hope
Miami Building Rescue

Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said Friday that three bodies were pulled from the rubble overnight, bringing the total death toll to four. Cava said so far foul play does not appear to have been a factor, but said investigators are not ruling anything out. 

Speaking to reporters on Friday, Cava said rescuers were continuing their efforts despite the high risk and said they “will continue search and rescue because we still have hope that we will find people alive.” 

“This work is being done at extreme risk to these individuals. Debris is falling on them as they do their work,” Cava said. “They are proceeding because they are so motivated and they are taking extraordinary risk on the scene every day.”

Florida condo-collapse witness describes helping to save child

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She said rescuers were using sonar technology, K-9s, cameras, “everything possible.”

Miami-Dade Fire Chief Ray Jadallah said rescuers heard sonar-detected sounds “throughout the night.”

When asked about tapping sounds reported to have been picked up by the sonar technology, Jadallah said that it’s “not necessarily tapping, it’s just sounds … it could be various things. It could be just steel twisting, it could be debris raining down. But not specifically sounds of tapping or sounds of human voice.”

Florida first responder radio depicts chilling moments as rescuers responded to Surfside apartments collapse

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“Every time that we hear a sound, we concentrate in that area. So, we send additional teams, utilizing the devices, utilizing K-9, utilizing personnel. As we continue to hear those sounds we concentrate in those areas.”

The Miami-Dade Medical Examiner’s Office identified its first victim of Thursday morning’s tragedy as 54-year-old Stacie Fang, local news station WSVN-TV reported. Fang was reportedly taken to an area hospital after being recovered early Thursday, and died of blunt force injures.

A spokesperson for the medical examiner’s office did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request seeking confirmation.

According to WSVN, Fang had been staying on the 10th floor of the building. Her son was also rescued after the collapse, according to the report.

“There are no words to describe the tragic loss of our beloved Stacie,” reads part of a family statement obtained by the news station.

Surfside Mayor Charles Burkett said in a previous interview that the building was “literally pancaked.”

“It has gone down, and I mean there’s just feet in between stories where there was 10 feet,” he said. “That is heartbreaking because it doesn’t mean to me that we’re gonna be as successful as we would want to be to find people alive.”

The Miami-Dade Fire Rescue took to Twitter to post footage of rescuers working in the basement parking garage at the Champlain Towers. The crew is standing in knee-high water using a power drill to break through a wall. The ceiling appears to be folded in and is being supported by lifts, which underscored the risk that these rescue teams face while trying to find survivors.

“Firefighters continue working on locating possible victims, while dealing with heavy damage and changing conditions in the parking garage,” the tweet read.

The weather outside was also not cooperating. There were storms in the area last night and reports of lightning. Local 10 reported that the scene was “dark, cloudy and windy. A fog of dust rose from the concrete.”

Gov. Desantis: Surfside condo collapse 'a real tragedy for our state'

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A spokeswoman from Miami Dade said structural engineers were on-site and monitoring the stability of the part of the building that is still standing. The report said teams of 10 to 12 were carrying out operations “underneath the rubble.” A small fire also broke out at the scene that was extinguished, reports said.

Jimmy Patronis, the state’s fire marshal, told reporters that rescue crews will not stop “just because of nightfall. They just may have a different path they pursue.”

Patronis said he was deeply moved by the image of a bunk bed near the now-exposed top of the building.

Surfside mayor provides updates on building collapse on 'Tucker Carlson Tonight'

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“Somebody was probably sleeping in it,” he said. “There’s all those what-ifs.”

President Biden on Friday ordered federal assistance to support the massive response in South Florida after a 12-story building partially collapsed, killing at least one person and trapping others.

“The President’s action authorizes the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), to coordinate all disaster relief efforts,” the White House said.

#AceNewsDesk report …………Published: Jun.26: 2021:

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(MIAMI, Fla.) USCG REPORT: Coast Guard Sector Key West fisheries law enforcement and the NOAA Office of Law Enforcement teams issued six Lacey Act violations in the past two years for not having a Bahamian fishing permit while fishing in their waters #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – June.24: In order to understand the Bahamian and U.S fishing zones, the first place to start is knowing where the Exclusive Economic Zone is located:

MIAMI: US Coast Guard & NOAA Enforce Lacey Act off Florida coast for not having Bahamian Fishing Permit

U.S. Coast Guard sent this bulletin at 06/22/2021 11:53 AM EDTNews Release 

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Coast Guard, NOAA enforce Lacey Act off Florida coast

This graphic explains the Exclusive Ecomonic zone and how to legally fish in Bahamian waters. In the past two years, Coast Guard and NOAA fisheries law enforcement officers issued six Lacy act violations for fishing in Bahamian waters without a permit. (U.S. Coast Guard graphic by Petty Officer 1st Class Nicole J. Groll)

The EEZ generally extends approximately 200 miles off the U.S. coast; however, The Bahamas is less than that. Depending on where a person is going fishing, the distance between The Bahamas and Florida needs to be calculated.

Two Bahamian man aboard a 21-foot fishing skiff next to a Coast Guard Cutter Shrike’s small boat crew, Jan. 25, 2021, near Cay Sal, Bahamas. Coast Guard rescue crews assisted the two fishermen after being separated from their Bahamian fishing vessel, Red Girl, approximately 25 miles west of Cay Sal, Bahamas. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

“If you are fishing between Key Largo and Red Bay, Bahamas, that’s approximately 140 miles,” said Jeremy Munkelt, a NOAA fisheries enforcement officer. “Divide that number by two and you get 70 miles, which means fishing off Key Largo within 70 miles subjects you to U.S. fishing law.”

This graphic discusses the nuances of fishing in Bahamian waters and then transiting back through federal and state waters and the attention to detail fisherman need to adhere to to ensure they do not violate the Lacey Act. In the past two years, Coast Guard and NOAA fisheries law enforcement officers issued six Lacy act violations for fishing in Bahamian waters without a permit. (U.S. Coast Guard graphic by Petty Officer 1st Class Nicole J. Groll)

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Other areas, such as offshore from Marathon, the distance gets shortened due to its close proximity with Cay Sal, Bahamas. 

“It is extremely important you check where the EEZ is in the particular area that you are fishing,” said Munkelt. “This can be done by locating the NOAA chart for the area you are in.”

If caught fishing outside of U.S. waters, fishermen are subject to the Lacey Act. An example violation is fishing in Bahamian waters without a permit and bringing the catch back to the U.S. 

Overlapping jurisdictions can make sport fishing complicated, so it is important to know where you are fishing and the laws for the area on a state, federal, and international level. 

“Fishing in Bahamian waters means you are subject to Bahamian fishing laws,” said Ensign Alex Hughes, Coast Guard Sector Key West fisheries enforcement. “When you come back to the U.S., you are subject to Bahamian and U.S. fishing laws.”

Common U.S. fishing violations include having more than 18 migratory fish, such as Kingfish, Dolphin, or Tuna, aboard a vessel at any time. In Florida, no vessel may have conches aboard.

Fishermen can use The Bahamian Click2Clear electronic system to declare entry into the country and pay for a permit, but it is still necessary to go in person and obtain official documentation. When leaving, it is also important to officially exit the country at the point-of-entry. 

In The Bahamas, a person can be fined up to $100,000 and/or sent to prison for three years. Under the U.S. Lacey Act, a person can be fined up to $250,000 and/or sent to prison for five years. 

For more information on Bahamian fishing laws, visit Bahamas.gov.bs

For more information about U.S. fishing laws and NOAA, visit fisheries.noaa.gov. For the Lacey Act, visit fws.gov.  

#AceNewsDesk report ……….Published: Jun.24: 2021:

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(MIAMI, Fla.) Justice Dept Court Report: A prior convicted felon from Miami with alleged ties to the national “Bloods” gang and the local “77 Street” gang has been indicted by a South Florida grand jury on federal firearms charges, including illegal possession of machine guns #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport _ June.09: According to the Indictment, an earlier-filed criminal complaint, and statements made in court, law enforcement officers approached 22-year-old Ty’ree Dixon on May 17, 2021, as part of an investigation into gang-related violent crime and fraud. When police confronted him, they discovered that Dixon was armed with a Glock 20 and a 10mm semi-automatic handgun with an extended magazine, it is alleged.

Alleged Gang Member Charged by Miami Federal Grand Jury with Possession of a Cache of Sophisticated Firearms, including Two “Switch” Enabled Fully Automatic Machine Guns

This case stems from Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program that brings together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone.

They also located a large amount of ammunition and several firearms inside Dixon’s residence while executing a search warrant that same day, including three Glock semi-automatic pistols, a Century Arms International AK style pistol, and two pistols that had been converted into machine guns using “switch” devices, according to the allegations. When installed on a handgun, a “switch” (technically called an auto-sear) allows the handgun to expel more than one bullet by a single pull of the trigger, turning the weapon into a fully automatic machine gun, according to statements made in court.

Law enforcement officers arrested Dixon on May 17, and South Florida federal prosecutors charged him by criminal complaint with being a felon in possession of a firearm.  On May 21, following a hearing, U.S. Magistrate Judge John J. O’Sullivan ordered that Dixon be held in a federal detention center without bond pending his trial (pre-trial detention).  On June 1, a South Florida grand jury returned an indictment charging Dixon with two counts of being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition, and two counts of illegally possessing a machine gun. Dixon faces up to 40 years in federal prison, if convicted. He is scheduled for arraignment in federal magistrate court in Miami on June 16.  

Juan Antonio Gonzalez, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Brian Swain, Special Agent in Charge, United States Secret Service (USSS), Miami Field Office, George L. Piro, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Miami Field Office, and Robert Cekada, Special Agent in Charge, Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Miami Field Office, announced the charges.

A multi-agency gang task force consisting of the Miami Divisions of USSS, FBI, and ATF, as well as the Miami-Dade Police Department (MDPD) and City of Miami Police Department (MPD) investigated the matter. 

AUSA Frederic “Fritz” Shadley is prosecuting this case.  

In 2017, PSN was reinvigorated as part of the Department’s renewed focus on targeting violent criminals, directing all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to work in partnership with federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement and the local community to develop effective, locally-based strategies to reduce violent crime.

Anyone with information related to possible gun crimes is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.

Indictments and criminal complaints are mere allegations. A defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at www.flsd.uscourts.gov or on http://pacer.flsd.uscourts.gov under case number 21-cr-20325.

#AceNewsDesk report ……Published: Jun.09: 2021:

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(FLORIDA) JUST IN: At least two people have died and more than 20 were wounded in a shooting outside a concert hall on Sunday night #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – May31: Three people climbed out of a white car “with assault rifles and handguns and started firing indiscriminately into the crowd,” police director Alfredo Ramirez III told reporters.

FLORIDA: Miami Shooting: Two dead, more than 20 wounded in Hialeah: The shooting took place between 24:00-01:00 local time (04:00-05:00 GMT) in Hialeah, a city north of Miami.

19 hours ago

Officers examine the scene of a shooting outside a banquet hall in Hialeah, Florida
Miami Shooting

At least one of the wounded is in a critical condition, police said.

“These are cold blooded murderers that shot indiscriminately into a crowd and we will seek justice,” Mr Ramirez tweeted. 

Between 20 and 25 victims have been taken to nearby hospitals, local media report. 

The Associated Press news agency reports the shooting took place outside the El Mula Banquet Hall, which had been rented out for a concert. The suspects fled the scene shortly after the shooting.

As yet there have been no arrests. 

Mr Ramirez called the shooting “a despicable act of gun violence, a cowardly act”. 

“This type of gun violence has to stop. Every weekend, it’s the same thing. This is targeted. This is definitely not random,” he told reporters. 

It comes just days after an employee at a train yard killed nine people on the other side of the country in California. 

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: May.31: 2021:

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(MIAMI, Fla.) USCG REPORT: Coast Guard Cutter Tampa’s crew offloaded approximately 5,500 pounds of cocaine, worth an estimated $94.6 million, on Tuesday, after interdicting a low profile vessel off the coast of Punta Gallinas, Colombia #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Apr.21: This event is the perfect example of numerous key partners unifying our efforts to counter transnational criminal organizations who look to exploit the maritime environment,” said Lt. Cmdr. Jason Neiman, Seventh District public affairs officer. “By strengthening partnerships, we counter threats together.”

Coast Guard Cutter Tampa offloads $94.6M in cocaine in Miami: ‘A maritime patrol flight spotted the vessel on April 9, and a law enforcement team from the cutter detained three suspects and discovered 87 bales of cocaine all the suspects are reported to be in good health’

U.S. Coast Guard sent this bulletin at 04/20/2021 06:35 PM EDTNews Release 

U.S. Coast Guard 7th District Southeast
Contact: 7th District Public Affairs
Office: 305-415-6683
After Hours: 786-367-7649
7th District online newsroom

MULTIMEDIA RELEASE: Coast Guard Cutter Tampa offloads 
$94.6M 
in cocaine in Miami

Coast Guard Cutter Tampa crew interdicts LPV near Punta Gallinas, Colombia
Coast Guard Cutter Tampa offloads approximately $94.6 million in cocaine in Miami
Coast Guard Cutter Tampa offloads approximately $94.6 million in cocaine in Miami
 Coast Guard Cutter Tampa offloads approximately $94.6 million in cocaine in Miami
 Coast Guard Cutter Tampa offloads approximately $94.6 million in cocaine in Miam

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The vessel was destroyed as a hazard to navigation.

The interdiction was the result of multi-agency efforts in support of U.S. Southern Command’s enhanced counter-narcotics operations in the Western Hemisphere, the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) and High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) programs, and the Caribbean Corridor Strike Force (CCSF).

On April 1, 2020, U.S. Southern Command began what was then known as Enhanced Counter Narcotics (CN) Operations in the Western Hemisphere to increase the disruption of drugs. This counter Transnational Criminal Organizations (TCO)/CN operational approach, which has become enduring, supports our objectives to degrade the capabilities of TCOs and save lives. With our increased presence, we have bolstered support to U.S. and partner nation law enforcement by sharing information and intelligence to help expand target packages. Since then, our key partners have been involved in over 60% of drug disruptions since April 2020 (up from 50% in 2019).

Once aboard a Coast Guard cutter, all suspects receive food, water, shelter and basic medical attention. Throughout the interdiction, Coast Guard crew members were equipped with personal protective equipment to minimize potential exposure to any possible case of COVID-19. There were no suspects in these cases reported to have any COVID-19 related symptoms.

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: Apr.22: 2021:

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(MIAMI, Fla.) USCG REPORT: Coast Guard Cutter Charles Sexton’s crew repatriated 17 Cuban migrants to Cuba on Monday #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Mar.23: “ People who attempt to illegally enter the United States by taking to the sea put their lives, and the lives of their accompanying family members at grave risk,” said Lt. Cmdr. Mario Gil, Coast Guard liaison officer, U.S. Embassy Havana. “We strongly discourage these dangerous and deadly voyages in favor of safe and legal ways to enter the United States.”

‘Coast Guard repatriates 17 migrants to Cuba they were interdicted Thursday by the Charles Sexton crew approximately 54 miles south of Key West and brought aboard due to safety of life at sea concerns’

U.S. Coast Guard sent this bulletin at 03/22/2021 02:43 PM EDTNews Release 

U.S. Coast Guard 7th District Southeast
Contact: 7th District Public Affairs
Office: 305-415-6683
After Hours: 786-367-7649
7th District online newsroom

Coast Guard repatriates 17 migrants to Cuba

Coast Guard repatriates 17 migrants to Cuba
Coast Guard repatriates 17 migrants to Cuba

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Since Oct. 1, 2020, Coast Guard crews have interdicted 107 Cubans compared to:

  • 5,396 Cuban migrants in Fiscal Year 2016
  • 1,468 Cuban migrants in Fiscal Year 2017 
  • 259 Cuban migrants in Fiscal Year 2018
  • 313 Cuban migrants in Fiscal Year 2019
  • 49 Cuban migrants in Fiscal Year 2020

Once aboard a Coast Guard cutter, all migrants receive food, water, shelter and basic medical attention: Throughout the interdiction, Coast Guard crew members were equipped with personal protective equipment to minimize potential exposure to any possible case of #COVID19. There were no migrants in these cases reported to have any #COVID19 related symptoms:

#AceNewsDesk report ……….Published: Mar.23: 2021:

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(MIAMI,Fla.) USCG REPORT: Coast Guard Cutter Charles David Jr.’s crew repatriated three Cuban migrants to Cuba, Wednesday #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Mar.18: “ These migrant ventures are not only illegal, but in many cases very dangerous,” said Lt. Gregory Mitchell, commanding officer of cutter Charles David Jr. “In many cases, including this one, the vessels we interdict are unseaworthy and have little to no safety or communications equipment. We strongly encourage anybody even thinking of taking to the sea to go through the proper, legal channels for immigration.”

Coast Guard repatriates three migrants to Cuba: ‘The three Cuban migrants were interdicted Sunday by the Coast Guard Cutter Venturous crew approximately 50 miles southeast of the Bahamas and brought aboard due to safety of life at sea concerns’

U.S. Coast Guard sent this bulletin at 03/17/2021 11:55 AM EDTNews Release 

U.S. Coast Guard 7th District Southeast
Contact: 7th District Public Affairs
Office: 305-415-6683
After Hours: 786-367-7649
7th District online newsroom

Coast Guard repatriates 3 migrants to Cuba

Coast Guard repatriates 3 migrants to Cuba
Coast Guard repatriates 3 migrants to Cuba
Coast Guard repatriates 3 migrants to Cuba
Coast Guard repatriates 3 migrants to Cuba

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Since Oct. 1, 2020, Coast Guard crews have interdicted 90 Cubans compared to:

  • 5,396 Cuban migrants in Fiscal Year 2016
  • 1,468 Cuban migrants in Fiscal Year 2017 
  • 259 Cuban migrants in Fiscal Year 2018
  • 313 Cuban migrants in Fiscal Year 2019
  • 49 Cuban migrants in Fiscal Year 2020

Once aboard a Coast Guard cutter, all migrants receive food, water, shelter and basic medical attention. Throughout the interdiction, Coast Guard crew members were equipped with personal protective equipment to minimize potential exposure to any possible case of COVID-19.  There were no migrants in these cases reported to have any COVID-19 related symptoms.

#AceNewsDesk report ……….Published: Mar.18: 2021:

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(MIAMI, Fla.) JUST IN: An arrest has been made into the murder of ‘ Miami Gardens ‘ librarian Jamie Hume nearly two years ago according to CBSlocal #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.24: An arrest has been made in a nearly two-year-old murder case in Miami Gardens. On the morning of December 10, 2018, Jamie Humet was found shot to death in his car outside of a credit union at Northwest 2nd Avenue and 207th Street. His family believes Humet stopped at an ATM at the Dade County Federal Credit Union the night before to withdraw money. “My brother had four $10 bills in his pocket that they did not even take,” said Humet’s Nick said at the time of the murder. “They shot him almost point blank.”

Arrest Made In Murder Of Miami Gardens Librarian Jamie Humet Nearly Two Years Ago

Surveillance video provided by Miami Gardens police shows a newer model white KIA Optima. The shooting suspect can be seen running towards the getaway car wearing a black hoodie. Humet, 47, had been a librarian with Miami-Dade County for 21 years. On Monday, November 23rd, police arrested 19-year-old Shaun Fortune in Humet’s death. He’s been charged with second-degree murder and attempted armed robbery:

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: Nov.24: 2020:

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UNITED STATES: ‘ HURRICANE GONZALO SIXTH OF 2014 BATTERS ITS WAY TO BERMUDA ‘

#AceWorldNews – UNITED STATES – October 15 – Gonzalo has become the major hurricane in the Atlantic Ocean and is expected to gain force, the Miami-based National Hurricane Centre said (RT) reported. 

Hurricane Gonzalo Moving North; Bermuda Under Alert (FORECAST)

Hurricane Gonzalo Moving North; Bermuda Under Alert (FORECAST)

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, Oct 14 (Reuters) – Hurricane Gonzalo strengthened to become a major Category 3 hurricane on Tuesday as it moved away from the northern Caribbean and headed toward Bermuda, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.

The center of Gonzalo was moving northwest, away from the British and U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, prompting storm alerts for those areas to be lifted.

Most forecasts showed Gonzalo posing no threat to the mainland United States and moving further north into the Atlantic.

It could hit Bermuda late on Friday, and the island was put under a hurricane watch.

Hurricane Gonzalo Moving North; Bermuda Under Alert (FORECAST)

Hurricane Gonzalo Moving North; Bermuda Under Alert (FORECAST)

Gonzalo is the sixth hurricane of the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season, which runs through the end of November. Forecasters in August predicted lower-than-usual activity for the season, with seven to 12 named storms and no more than two reaching major hurricane status.

Gonzalo was about 705 miles (1,135 km) south of Bermuda late on Tuesday and packed sustained winds reaching 125 miles per hour (205 km per hour), the center said.

A major hurricane is considered to be Category 3 or above with winds hitting at least 111 mph (178 kph).

“Gonzalo has a good chance of becoming the Atlantic’s first Category 4 hurricane since Oct. 2, 2011,” when Hurricane Ophelia’s winds reached 140 mph (225 kph), according to Jeff Masters, a hurricane expert with private forecaster Weather Underground.

Gonzalo would likely begin weakening by late on Thursday, but could still reach Bermuda “anywhere between a Category 1 and Category 3 storm”, he wrote in a blog post.

Forecast models showed it passing within 30 to 80 miles (48 to 129 km) of the island on Friday.

The Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico experienced only light to moderate rain and wind gusts on Tuesday, and no significant damage or loss of power was reported.

(Reporting by Colleen Jenkins, David Adams, and Reuters in San Juan; Editing by Mohammad Zargham, Marguerita Choy, Cynthia Osterman and Ryan Woo)

#ANS2014

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` Four Cuban Nationals have been Detained in Cuba for Having Planned Attacks on Military Installations ‘

#AceWorldNews – HAVANA – May 07 – Four Miami-based Cuban nationals have been detained in Cuba.

Having planned to carry out attacks on Cuba’s military facilities.

Cuban newspaper Granma reported on Wednesday that the suspects were detained on April 26 by the forces of the Interior Ministry.

Jose Ortega Amador, Obdulio Rodriguez Gonzalez, Raibel Pacheco Santos and Felix Monzon Alvarez were detained in the midst of their preparations for terrorist activity on the national territory of Cuba, the newspaper said.

The suspects admitted that they “planned to attack military facilities to provoke violence.”

Granma reported that three out of four suspects have visited Cuba several times from mid-2013 to plan the execution of planned terrorist attacks.

The suspects said the plan of the attack were developed by three others in Miami who have close ties with infamous terrorist Posada Carriles.

Granma (ENG) – Pertinent contact with appropriate United States authorities was made, in order to investigate these events and prevent, in a timely fashion, the actions of such individuals and terrorist organizations based in that country, which endanger the lives and security of persons in both nations.

#ANS2014

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` Second Member of `Cuban Five Spy Ring’ released from a `US’ Prison’ to then be Deported’

#AceWorldNews says a second member of the “Cuban Five” spy ring was released Thursday from a US prison, AP said.

Fifty-year-old Fernando Gonzalez also known by his alias, Ruben Campa, completed his sentence in Safford, Ariz., after spending more than 15 years behind bars.

He will be deported to Cuba as soon as possible, said Michelle Alvarez, spokeswoman for the Miami US Attorney’s Office.

The five men, who are hailed as heroes in Cuba, were convicted in 2001 in Miami on charges including conspiracy and failure to register as foreign agents in the US.

They were accused of trying to infiltrate US military bases.

#ANS2014

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