Hector Pesquera, Port of Miami Security Director, Named Puerto Rico's Chief of Police

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Pesquera when he was head of Miami's FBI office
​A decade ago, Hector Pesquera was rumored to be a top candidate for Miami Police chief. Instead, the former FBI man -- perhaps dogged by questionable ties to convicted felons -- embarked on ever more obscure positions: first as head of the Broward Sheriff's Office, lately as head of security for the Port of Miami.

Now, seemingly out of nowhere, however, Pesquera has been handed a doozie of an assignment. According to officials at the Port of Miami, he is taking a year leave to become the chief of police of his native Puerto Rico. Instead of a couple dozen county cops, Pesquera will now be in charge of 17,000 police trying to contain an entire commonwealth's violent crime wave.

"Miami-Dade County agreed with the Government of Puerto Rico to send one of our most valuable resources, Mr. Hector M. Pesquera," confirmed the Puerto Rican government in a statement. "He will be detailed in Puerto Rico advising the Governor in Public Safety matters."

It's a strange arrangement. Miami-Dade officials say Pesquera will retain his position at the port but that his salary will be paid by the Puerto Rican government. He officially goes on leave on Monday, according to a port spokesman.

Pesquera inherits a Puerto Rican police force besieged by corruption and violent crime. A Justice Department report released last September blasted PRPD for violating civilians' rights by using excessive force and unwarranted searches. In October 2010, 61 island cops were arrested as part of the largest police corruption investigation in FBI history.

Not that Pesquera's own record is spotless. Back in 2003, New Times reported that the then-FBI agent had developed a troubling friendship with pre-Castro policeman and convicted felon Camilo Padreda. In fact, the DOJ investigated Pesquera over claims that he allowed Padreda to view sensitive FBI documents.

From our 2003 article:
A police officer, who asked not to be identified, was having a café and pastelito at the Gran Paris Bakery in a strip mall on NW Seventh Street and 30th Avenue in late August 2001. While there he saw the FBI chief and Padreda enter the Miami Gold Joyería pawnshop next door. When the officer, who knows both men, finished his snack and left the bakery, he bumped into them as they were exiting the pawnshop. "Hector came out looking at a gold Rolex watch," the officer recalls, "and he tells Camilo: 'Thanks for taking care of this for me.'" My source shrugs. "Hector knows that everybody knows who this guy is, yet he hangs around with him anyway. He has no qualms about it. It's amazing."
Pesquera did not respond to a request for comment. An automated email reply, however, states simply: "I will be in an extended temporary duty assignment effective April 2, 2012. In my absence Cristina Calderon will be the acting Assistant Director for the Safety and Security Division."

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Jomaca81
Jomaca81

fight corruption with corruption

Ricardo Marrero
Ricardo Marrero

This is strange: "A police officer, who asked not to be identified" is telling a story about a situation that he well knows he will be identified by these people because he said that he knows them well: "When the officer, who knows both men, finished his snack and left the bakery, he BUMPED into them as they were exiting the pawnshop" and he doesn't want to be identified?  Here's more: "Hector came out looking at a gold Rolex watch" and, "and he tells Camilo: 'Thanks for taking care of this for me."  This looks like a slam dunk case...and also like if it was all made up! Maybe the one leaving the Pawnshop with Padreda was the officer that doesn't want to be identified!

Pete Rodriguez
Pete Rodriguez

you keep doing the same thing, expecting a different out came each time, how moronic can a person by? luis fortuno ...  God help us all !!!

Sinjuanikiki
Sinjuanikiki

that police officer was captain miguel exposito, we know what a liar and a turd he turned out to be so take it with a grain of salt.

charlie_oscar
charlie_oscar

Folks,the FBI has never lived up to the Hollywood version that has been portrayedover the last 2 decades! The facade and glass jaw of the FBI has extended wellbeyond SR Pesqueria's  scandals and the Puerto Rican police scandals of murder, dope slingin, cartel protecting mayhem!The PR Police have been as dirty as any example you might find in Brazil,Mexico or Mogadishu! For twenty plus years, the US FBI has ignored thecorruption as not to “upset the " Free Vieqeues Movement" as a formof appeasement to the independencia clowns!  Let’s see what happens... If this is anyexample of the San Diego County Sheriff and former FBI Ruby Ridge scumbag -, donot hold your breath

Anon
Anon

Your news and reporting is full of cr@p and speculations.

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