Firearms smuggling charges dismissed

One of six suspects has all charges dropped

One of the six defendants indicted in the Florida-Cayman gun running operation had all charges against him dismissed last week.  

According to United States federal court records in the southern district of Florida, all five counts in the indictment against Alexander Michael Henry – who was arrested in the US last April – have been dropped.  

“Pursuant to rule 48(a) of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure and by leave of the court … the US attorney for the southern district of Florida hereby dismisses, without prejudice, the indictment against [Henry],” court records released Thursday stated.  

There was no further explanation given for why the charges were dropped.  

Rule 48 simply deals with dismissal of charges in US federal court. Subsection (a) addresses dismissal of a charge or charges by the government, with the court’s consent prior to trial.  

According to court records, Henry’s trial was scheduled to proceed on Monday [today].  

Henry is the first defendant in the gun smuggling case that federal prosecutors said involved the shipment of firearms from locations in southern Florida to Grand Cayman during 2008 and 2009 to have all charges against him dismissed. Previously, defendants Mikkyle Brandon Leslie and Tito Bonilla agreed to plead guilty to one count apiece in the federal indictment, which alleged conspiracy to illegally ship a number of weapons. Bonilla was sentenced to time already served and deported from the US. Leslie awaits sentencing in April.  

Of the remaining three defendants indicted in the case, Robert Terry is jailed on firearms-related charges in the Cayman Islands. The status of the cases against the two other defendants named in the indictment, Marvin Matthew Watson and Kyle Santamaria, was not known at press time.  

Other individuals from the Cayman Islands were named in connection with these activities, but for whatever reason, they were not indicted in US federal court. An indictment is only an accusation of illegal activity and does not constitute a conviction. 

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