Second arrest in guns case

A second man has been arrested in connection with an ongoing US federal investigation into alleged gun smuggling between south Florida and Grand Cayman.

Michael Alexander Henry, 28, was arrested Thursday evening at a North Carolina airport by US air marshals.

Henry has been charged, along with Mikkyle Brandon Leslie, in federal court records as a suspect in the US-Cayman probe which has identified several shipments of firearms and ammunition that were sent from the Miami/Broward County area to Grand Cayman during 2008 and 2009.

The specifics of Henry’s alleged activities in the smuggling have not yet been revealed.

Meanwhile, a November trial date has been set for Leslie in the investigation. 

The trial is now set for 13 November in Fort Lauderdale, Florida before US District Judge William Zloch.

Leslie, aka Brandon Leslie Ebanks, is the first of six defendants charged in connection with the investigation. The identities of the others are being kept secret in sealed indictments released in February by authorities.

Henry was identified publicly in court records for the first time Friday.

In December, Leslie was charged with five counts related to allegations he conspired with other individuals to illegally ship firearms to Grand Cayman from the Miami-Broward County area. He pleaded not guilty to those charges.

Since then, the federal indictment against Leslie and five others has been superseded and replaced, and Leslie is now facing seven counts in relation to the gun running case.

Count 1 accuses Leslie of conspiracy to ship firearms from Florida to Cayman with other individuals; some others have been charged in the superseding indictment, others are named as unindicted co-conspirators.

Counts 2, 4 and 6 against Leslie deal with separate allegations that he attempted to and did fraudulently export illegal firearms; counts 3, 5 and 7 involve delivery of those illegal weapons to a common carrier for shipment without authorisation.

The investigation that led to Leslie’s arrest in the US this past December has identified roughly a dozen individuals – most of them from the Cayman Islands – that were “participants in the firearms smuggling activities”.

Leslie’s alleged activities, according to a federal criminal indictment handed up on 22 December, were that he participated in the illegal shipping of firearms from the Miami area to Grand Cayman between May and November 2008. The new indictment expands the scope of that case significantly.

An indictment is a charge of criminal activity and does not constitute a conviction.

Investigations into gun smuggling activities in Cayman and Florida between 2008 and 2009 have already led to the jailing of four Caymanian men in the US and at least two others here in the Cayman Islands. However, the current indictment deals with separate incidents of gun smuggling.

 

1 COMMENT

  1. Each and every single one of those persons already named in the first indictment are going to be arrested upon entry to the USA…and if they quit travelling there…

    The USA is going to request their extradition from the Cayman Islands, to stand charges in the USA.

    Funny how Baines and his RCIPS are completely silent, while all this is going down.

  2. Welcome to Miami/Ft. Lauderdale.
    It’s not Fantasy Island anymore.

    These guns were intended for a sinister purpose. Hopefully all of these young conspirators will face justice and one day soon they’ll learn to walk the right path in life.

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