Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Palestinian Charged in Conspiracy to Possess Stolen Firearms Including Fully Automatic Weapon in Miami, Abdalaziz Aziz Hamayel of West Bank Palestinian Authority & Yanny Aguila Urbay of Hialeah.

In Miami of all places, a Palestinian national and a Cuban migrant negotiated with undercover police officers last year to buy 300 high-powered firearms, explosives and remote-control detonators -- a deadly weapons cache they said was destined for the West Bank, according to federal charges made public Tuesday.

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Abdalaziz Aziz Hamayel, who attended Hialeah Senior High, told a cop posing as a weapons dealer that the M-16s, AK-47s, grenades and other items ``were for his people, and would be sent outside of the United States'' to the Palestinian Authority, a criminal complaint states.

Hamayel, 23, was arrested at Miami International Airport on Aug. 30 after flying in from Amman, Jordan, according to authorities. His co-defendant, Yanny Aguila Urbay, 24, aka "Negro",  was arrested Monday at his Hialeah home. Aguila arrived from Cuba seven years ago. The charge: conspiring to possess stolen weaponry for export to the West Bank. Sources close to the investigation said the case is being handled as a terrorism-related matter. 
``Hamayel explained that a `family friend' . . . from the same village in the West Bank would provide the necessary funds for the purchase of the weapons and explosives,'' according to the complaints. ``Hamayel indicated the `family friend' lives in Miami.'
Later that April, Hamayel asked the government informant if he had found a potential supplier. Hamayel said he had a ``contact'' in New York who was a ``member of his group'' ( Palestinian Islamic Jihad PIJ ?) and had done similar transactions in the past,

The Islamic Jihad Movement in Palestine (Arabic: حركة الجهاد الإسلامي في فلسطين‎, Harakat al-Jihād al-Islāmi fi Filastīn) known in the West as simply Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ). The group is currently based in the Syrian capital, Damascus, but there are also offices in Beirut, Tehran and Khartoum. Its financial backing is believed to come from Syria and Iran. The group operates primarily in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, but has also carried out attacks in Jordan and Lebanon.

Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and John V. Gillies, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Miami Field Office, announced today that defendants Abdalaziz Aziz Hamayel, 23, of West Bank Palestinian Authority, and Yanny Aguila Urbay, 24, of Hialeah, were charged by separate Complaints.

Specifically, the Complaints charge Abdalaziz Aziz Hamayel and Yanny Aguila Urbay, who told investigators he had worked as a carpet installer in Miami, with one count of conspiracy to possess stolen firearms, that is, M-16s, AK-47s, and silencers, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 371.

According to the Complaints, beginning in April 2009, the defendants negotiated to purchase 300 stolen, fully automatic weapons. In addition to the firearms, Hamayel wanted to purchase grenades and improvised explosive devices. During the meeting with Hamayel in June 2009, Hamayel was shown the firearms, grenades and improvised explosive devices. If convicted, the defendants face a statutory maximum of five (5) years and a $250,000 fine.

Mr. Ferrer commended the investigative efforts of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and its Task Force partners. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Mike Sherwin and Karen Gilbert.

A Complaint is only an accusation and each defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.  A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida at . Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida at or .

Bill Warner Private Investigator, SEX, CRIME, CHEATERS & TERRORISM.