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Seven Miami Beach Code Inspectors and Firefighters (Plus a Dade Cop) Busted for Nightclub and Cocaine Shenanigans

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Seven Miami Beach employees and a Miami-Dade cop found themselves hit with public corruption charges today in two separate cases. In the first, code compliance officers and firefighters allegedly accepted cash payoffs from South Beach nightclubs to ignore code issues that might have closed the establishments.

In the second, a firefighter and a police officer allegedly agreed to help transport what they believed were kilos of cocaine. Yep, Miami Beach officials just got busted for the most Miami Beach-like corruption imaginable.

In June 2011, Jose L. Alberto, the lead code compliance inspector for the City of Miami Beach and a longtime city employee -- who was coincidentally scheduled to be honored by the city commission this morning -- told an owner of an unidentified nightclub that he would ignore code violations in exchange for a hefty payoff. 

The owner promptly tipped off the FBI. The feds sent in an undercover agent who posed as the manager of the nightclub and made several payouts to Alberto as well as four Miami Beach code compliance officers (Willie E. Grant, Orlando E. Gonzalez, Ramon D. Vasallo, and Vicente L. Santiesteban) and two Miami Beach firefighters (Henry L. Bryant and Chai D. Footman).

The seven men collected more than $25,000 in payoffs over several months, the feds say.

One of the firefighters involved in the first case, Henry L. Bryant, appeared to have his hands full of corruption. Last December, he discussed with an undercover agent the possibility of recruiting police officers to help protect the transportation of cocaine. Bryant took the bait and told the undercover agent that not only would Miami-Dade Officer Daniel L. Mack provide protection but also Bryant would move the coke in his own vehicle.

In December, the FBI says, Bryant transported nine kilos of what he thought was cocaine in his vehicle. He moved ten more kilos of fake coke in January. Mack, meanwhile, used his Miami Beach police cruiser to protect Bryant.

The pair received $25,000 for the scheme, the feds allege.

"When corrupt officials break the law for their own personal gain, they breach the public's trust and violate the very principles they have sworn to uphold," Dena E. Choucair, acting special agent in charge of the FBI's Miami division, said in a statement. "This should serve as a reminder to all of our public officials that no one is above the law."

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33 comments
TexasVetgal
TexasVetgal

Police in many cities now, cannot be trusted to uphold the law, Sheriffs departments are all thats left between the chaos of total breakdown in civil society (thank the commie/socialist letists for the destruction of America) Obama is most likely an illegal alien himself, everyone around the world knows it. The lies are so big and deep now, we as a nation are on the edge of a civil war. We who believe in American Sovereignty , should strive to reclaim Liberty and defeat tyrannical Communist influences at the highest levels. The Globalist/Communists agenda  (see Agenda 21) will be:  to strip americans of their Bill of Rights and Constitutional protections. Hilary has been busy signing away your rights thru the UN for over 3 years now. The Globalists thru the UN and Orgs like the IMF, and several Communist Organizations here in the US, will want to come and collect on those promises made by Obamao and Clintons. They will want to force some uphevil upon the American public so that Obama can try and stall and cancel the 2012 Elections. Look for manufactured emergencies by the end of this summer.As with all Communists and Marxist, Obama will be running his routines right out of "Rules for Radicals"  playbook from Saul Alinsky. Ironically, most all took an Oath "to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States" Guilty of Treason one and all, but we no longer really expect that a court, a judge or a journalist (scoff) in this country will ever tell us so?

“ In questions of power, let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution.” Thomas Jefferson

TROUBLE3O5
TROUBLE3O5

1- Never deal with strangers. Paranoia is your best friend when engaging in illegal activities.2- If its too good to be true...it probably is! idiots

Katk04
Katk04

Corruption in Miami's Law Enforcement?! I'm Shocked!

Djliquidsound
Djliquidsound

I've been writing, calling, begging the mayor and code compliance to do something about a construction site next door that has squatters living in it, complete with sending pictures of the scumbags living in it, of course they say they'll look into it, and of course nothing has been done....... I guess I shoulda left that brown envelope with cash in it to get anything done from this shitbag City.

Dj_blackmadter
Dj_blackmadter

I was beaten in handcuffs by a miami beach police officer and the charged with felony assault on an officer, and felony resisting arrest.......... fuck them ALL!! when i hear about things like this it makes me SOOOOO  happy to know that these P.O.S. scumbags posing as civil servants and protectors of the public get caught and have to go to federal prison for a long time... ahhh  .... the closest i will ever to vindication.

Ed
Ed

OBAMA AND CZARS ARE GETTIN A PIECE of the ACTION...LIAR OBAMA IS PHONY BOLOGNA KENYA MAN IS HIS BIRTH PLACE...LIAR OBAMA AND RULE OF LAW IS A JOKE...OUR CONGRESSMEN ARE LIARS AND CHEAT THE TAXPAYER VOTER OF JUSTICE THEY KNOW PRICK OBAMA IS BOGUS, A CHEAT..TRAYVON M ROLE MODEL..HA HA..OBAMA CHEATS WITH FORGED DRAFT CARD, FORGED SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER, FRAUDULENT BIRTH CERTIFICATE...WHERE ARE THE UNITED STATES CONGRESSMEN? CORRUPT COPS CORRUPT JUDGES, CORRUPT COPS...YES BECAUSE THE LEADERSHIP IS CORRUPT!

Gandiiiiiii
Gandiiiiiii

Next time a corrupt cop wants to transport some coke they should just ask him to try it first (to make sure hes cool) then give him a bump of diamond dust... thats right hoe, diamond dust. Forget jail, let these assholes suffer their own demise.

City Manager must go!
City Manager must go!

Jorge Gonzalez, the City Manager of Miami Beach, should resign. He hires these criminals and he allows this culture of corruption. It is time for Jorge Gonzalez to go.

Smithnwessn
Smithnwessn

Fukn pigs doin what they do best! Theyre all crooks who will get whats coming to them!

Drake Mallard
Drake Mallard

 I swear to God I'm going to pistol whip the next guy who says, " Shenanigans."

I'm sorry about that delousing. Just standard procedure.

Brian
Brian

Welcome to Miami...

WIll
WIll

And we ant the rest of the world to be LIKE US,BABYLON 2

knowstoomuch
knowstoomuch

This explains a lot about what happens at the strip clubs

Ray Castro
Ray Castro

Like everything in miami $$$ walks talks bull shit walks

Sobechristy
Sobechristy

The Police Officer that was arrested was a Miami-Dade Police Officer not a Miami Beach Officer.

Steve Berke
Steve Berke

Steve Berke for Mayor! The entire City Commission has got to go. They have allowed (enabled?) a culture of corruption to exist right under their noses! THEY HAVE LOST CONTROL OF THEIR OWN CITY. VOTE THEM OUT!

michael wind
michael wind

all along the beach in dade county corruption is just a way of life,if you not connected you have no chance in business,all code compliance is just the arm of the town hall for extortion.

Bigibal
Bigibal

Last year, Commissioner Wolfson (who himself has been under investigation for violations of public trust - i.e., sunshine laws) honored the ring leader. You can see it 48 minutes into this video (http://tinyurl.com/d97ofbb).  We need all of these corrupt individuals out of Government!  Good going FBI and thank you to the honest club owner for contacting them!mms://stream.miamibeachfl.gov/...

Mbpd74
Mbpd74

Dj-blackmadter, you are probably pissed that big mama made you his bitch in jail & here you are talking smack behind a keyboard.How is the coward & pig...punk!!!

Paulperry60
Paulperry60

What rock did you climb from under.No excuse for ignorance!!

herauthon
herauthon

Dear Ed, did nobody ever told you about "edit" or "edlin".Caps are for those who cannot afford reading glasses.

retry in style : learn morse

Rantiferus
Rantiferus

 what the fuck does obama have to do with some greedy bureaucrats? go spread your propaganda elsewhere, hombre

Bebep
Bebep

The tinfoil hat is strong in this one.

Dj_blackmadter
Dj_blackmadter

stop watching FOX news... Its bad for your brain

Ed
Ed

CASTRO DID IT!

Ckinsobe
Ckinsobe

I wish this would sink Matti ahead of time, the day she is gone I am breaking out the champagne. Also we should make sure these crooks don't collect their pensions.

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