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MIAMI AIRPORT RAMP WORKER AND UNION OFFICIAL ARRESTED FOR NARCOTICS POSSESSION

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 9, 2010

Jeffrey H. Sloman, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Anthony V. Mangione, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Office of Investigations, and Mark R. Trouville, Special Agent in Charge, Drug Enforcement Administration, Miami Field Division, announced that an airline ramp worker, who is also a vice president for an airline employee union at the Miami International Airport (MIA), was arrested Thursday in Miami for narcotics possession and distribution. The arrest was the result of information developed by ICE special agents regarding the alleged smuggling and distribution of narcotics at MIA.

Miguel Angel Vento, 43, of Doral, was arrested during a traffic stop, which resulted in the seizure of cocaine and marijuana that was packaged for distribution. A subsequent search of his residence resulted in the seizure of additional cocaine and marijuana. ICE and DEA special agents and detectives of the Miami Dade Police Department (MDPD) also seized narcotics paraphernalia, packaging material and other evidence at Vento’s Miami residence.

U.S. Attorney Jeffrey H. Sloman stated, “Airport security is a primary concern in protecting our nation from threats of terror and preventing the smuggling of illegal narcotics. We will remain vigilant in the protection of our borders.”

“This arrest and narcotics seizure demonstrates ICE’s continuing efforts to focus on the internal threat within aviation security and our critical infrastructure areas,” said Anthony V. Mangione, Special Agent in Charge of ICE’s Office of Investigations in Miami. “ICE will continue to work with its federal, state and local partners at Miami International Airport to deter, disrupt and dismantle groups and criminal organizations that threaten homeland security by smuggling drugs and contraband into the United States.”

The ongoing investigation is being conducted by ICE’s Office of Investigations MIA internal conspiracy investigative group and the DEA and MDPD. Information regarding narcotics smuggling and trafficking can be reported to ICE at 1-866-DHS-2ICE (347-2423).

Mr. Sloman commended the investigative efforts of ICE’s Office of Investigations and DEA. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Dustin Davis

A complaint is only an accusation, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Florida at http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/fls. Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at http://www.flsd.uscourts.gov or on http://pacer.flsd.uscourts.gov.

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