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Son of North Miami Finance Director One of Three Arrested In Bumbling Murder-For-Hire Case

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Daniel Perez's mugshot after being charged with a Nov. 2010 burglary.
Attention, modern criminals and/or wayward offspring of public officials: We know that you, like all of us, are pressed for time. And sometimes it's so much easier to send a text than to meet on a misty loading dock under the cover of night.

But we still advise you against sending a text message reading, "Will u strangle Iceberg 4 me 4 $50k? ;)"

Such a message is at the heart of a federal racketeering and attempted murder case against three bumbling defendants who, if the charges against them are true, deserve their own Coen brothers flick.

Full disclosure: We don't know the exact wording of the alleged text message. And we're only guessing that the drug dealer targeted for murder was named Iceberg.

According to federal prosecutors, 20-year-old Daniel Perez -- son of City of North Miami finance director Carlos M. Perez -- and 22-year-old Christian Pereira owed $25,000 to Iceberg, an weed-peddling aspiring Scarface living in an unremarkable house on SW 25th Avenue.

They didn't want to pay the debt, especially because Christian believed the dealer had previously robbed him and his girlfriend, 21-year-old Sophie Perlmutter.

In mid-July, the two cronies and the girlfriend allegedly hatched a much preferable plan: Tell Iceberg they were coming over with the money. But hold him at gunpoint and choke him instead. Also, steal cash and drugs from his home and a Brickell stash house.

So they texted a buddy, who we can only assume is named Pink Eye. "Specifically," reads the wonderfully droll federal complaint, "the message asked if [Pink Eye] would be willing to strangle the targeted victim." In continuing negotiations, they offered him $50,000, plus a possible cut of whatever they stole.

Pink Eye went immediately to Miami-Dade Police -- who would ultimately go to the feds with the case -- and showed a detective the text message. They put a wire on him and sent him back out to continue the plot. On a recent Thursday morning, Christian, his girlfriend, and a miked-up Pink Eye were on their way to the job -- giddily discussing all the weed and money they were going to score, according to police -- when cops pulled them over.

The public official's son, Daniel, was approached by police at a Publix on his way to Iceberg's house. He led cops on a foot chase but was eventually tackled while trying to toss his cell phone down a drain.

In the two vehicles, cops found a pistol, a rope, a tarp, plastic gloves, cleaning chemicals, Xanax, Ecstasy, weed, and lots of money.

Damning evidence? Not if the defendants were really just a bunch of clean freaks with a healthy distrust of banks, playing a life-size game of Clue on their way to a rave. Since none of their attorneys returned our calls, we're going to go with that explanation.

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FREE CHRIS, SOPHIE & DANNY
FREE CHRIS, SOPHIE & DANNY

i also agree! this article is shit!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! complete shit!!! go write about other shit you dumb fuck 

M.M.
M.M.

Unfortunately, when you work in a high level public position, otherwise private information can be come available to the public. I feel bad for Mr. Perez, but I also wonder what kind of son did he raise. Gus Garcia Roberts' job is to report and that is what he is doing.   If you want to blame someone, blame those 3 bumbling idiots.

Alexdbart
Alexdbart

I have to admit that I might not be commenting on this New Times article, if I did not know one of the people involved.  But since I do, and I know what heartbreak this situation has caused for everyone in the family, even extended family like me, I need to say that I am profoundly disappointed in New Times for this.  Not only is there nothing laughable about what happened here, your writer and Editorial staff missed the REAL story entirely. 

Yes, the father of one of the three does have an important government job.  However, even a modest level of research by New Times could have resulted in a serious and powerful piece of journalism that might have given New Times readers some insight (or at least some serious food for thought) ABOUT how two young men and one young woman in their early 20s, who seem to have had almost EVERYTHING going for them in life, could have had their lives deteriorate to such a point that they would be charged with attempted murder. Isn't THAT the real story that begs to be researched, and  reported upon?

Over the past six months, I've done a little research in the area for my own reasons, and I've learned that there are literally HUNDREDS of Al-Anon meetings being held all over South Florida every week.  As a novice at the meetings I attended, I've had the opportunity to listen and learn from the stories told by hundreds of bereaved and besieged parents, spouses, and adult children of alcoholics and substance abusers, some of whom became chemically dependent themselves as adults.  So even before this arrest, I was beginning to develop a deep appreciation of how profoundly substance abuse and co-dependency are damaging lives and tearing apart families here in South Florida. 

So that's my take on what's so profoundly disappointing about this New Times article.  The Editorial staff at New Times needs to get a grip on the quality of its reporting, and maybe they can consider doing some quality reporting on the stories behind arrests like this one.  From my viewpoint, it's an American Tragedy--and South Florida has far too many of these stories to tell.

Harris
Harris

Wow, this was hilarious. Keep up the good work. I know Iceberg personally and I can tell you that if he wasn't in cuffs right now, he'd be laughing at this story with me.

Ask4dug
Ask4dug

This is the type of article that make one want to vomit! The article seems to poke fun at the family of the accused! Me having only a second grade education can know crap when I see it. Iceberg a trash walking among our community comes across as victim and a guy name pink eye WOW! One with so much education can write so much CRAP is beyond me. If you want more info please call 1-800-EAT-SHIT

Food4Thought
Food4Thought

I do agree the names of parents should be left out. Only for the fact that the parents have nothing to do with he ations of their childern. They all seem old enough to make decisions even if the decisions made are wrong. Its just does not seem fair to jeopardize the parents job due to the position he is in. This world makes me sick every one poking at other people, If this much energy and time was spent and dedicated to those people own lives you may actually acomplish something worth while in your own life. The monkey we have in office controling our goverment make and do bad decisions al the time and their parents names are not mentioned. Some things should be thought out before making a story to publish. Just cause one person decides to make a wrong decision and ruin their life doesn't mean you have to write a story about it and YOU the STORY WRITER should feel guilty on destroying the lives of the parents and or loved ones of the accused. The damage done by the media is the most hurtful crime that goes un-punished. Just put your self in some one else shoes and then write a story. GOD BLESS

Ftp
Ftp

Icebergs house wasn't unremarkable faggot

Havefaith15
Havefaith15

This article only displays your lack of tact and compassion for another person's family and let alone your poor writing skills. This information may be public record but there is no reason to display this the way you did. Poking fun at something so serious and a crisis a family is going through. 

GusGarciaRoberts
GusGarciaRoberts

Who was I not compassionate to? The accused attempted murderer?

Acguillen4
Acguillen4

GUS THE THINGS YOU WRITE ARE IGNORANT..YOUR A MORON PERIOD!! LEARN HOW TO SHOW RESPECT FOR PEOPLE AND THEIR FAMILIES PRICK!!

Wow
Wow

The family and thePersonal life of other people. This article is nothing if you didnt slander someone's family in the process. I guess it's ok for you toPoke humor in a serious crime and name drop because it's not in your inner circleOf peopleOr family. What a joke this articleIs.

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