TWO CHARGED IN CONSPIRACY TO POSSESS STOLEN FIREARMS,INCLUDING FULLY AUTOMATIC WEAPONS
Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and John V. Gillies, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Miami Field Office, announced today that defendants Abdalaziz Aziz Hamayel, 23, of West Bank Palestinian Authority, and Yanny Aguila Urbay, 24, of Hialeah, were charged by separate Complaints.
Specifically, the Complaints charge Abdalaziz Aziz Hamayel and Yanny Aguila Urbay with one count of conspiracy to possess stolen firearms, that is, M-16s, AK-47s, and silencers, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 371.
According to the Complaints, beginning in April 2009, the defendants negotiated to purchase 300 stolen, fully automatic weapons. In addition to the firearms, Hamayel wanted to purchase grenades and improvised explosive devices. During the meeting with Hamayel in June 2009, Hamayel was shown the firearms, grenades and improvised explosive devices.
If convicted, the defendants face a statutory maximum of five (5) years and a $250,000 fine.
Mr. Ferrer commended the investigative efforts of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and its Task Force partners. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Mike Sherwin and Karen Gilbert.
A Complaint is only an accusation and each defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
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.