MIAMI – Ahmed Subni Wadi (Ahmed Wadi), 49, and his son Ramzi Ahmed Wadi (Ramzi Wadi), 21, both from Miami, Florida, have been indicted in federal court with conspiracy to distribute controlled substances and dealing firearms without a license.
According to the indictment and underlying criminal complaint affidavit, in November 2022, Ahmed Wadi sold a firearm with an obliterated serial number and multiple grams of oxycodone to someone in the parking lot of a mall. During the sale, an individual serving as Ahmed Wadi’s bodyguard told the purchaser that he was armed and there for Ahmed Wadi’s protection.
The charging documents also allege that on April 7, Ahmed Wadi sold two semi-automatic firearms and multiple grams of oxycodone laced with fentanyl to someone at the business where both defendants work. Ahmed Wadi also offered to sell the person a machine gun and silencer. It is alleged that later that month, Ramzi Wadi completed that transaction on his father’s behalf – selling the person a machine gun, silencer, and multiple grams of oxycodone laced with fentanyl. It is alleged that Ramzi Wadi was carrying a firearm during this sale, says the indictment.
On June 6, law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at the defendants’ business and residence. According to statements made in court, law enforcement officers recovered over 30 firearms, suspected cocaine, marijuana, and pill bottles containing suspected oxycodone laced with fentanyl.
If convicted of all charges, defendants face up to 25 years in prison. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.
U.S. Attorney Markenzy Lapointe for the Southern District of Florida, Special Agent in Charge Christopher A. Robinson of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), Miami Field Division, and Interim Special Agent in Charge Eli Lawson of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE), made the announcement.
ATF Miami Field Office and FDLE investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Stefan Diaz Espinosa is prosecuting it. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jorge Delgado is handling asset forfeiture.
This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.
An indictment contains mere allegations, and all defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.
Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at www.flsd.uscourts.gov or at http://pacer.flsd.uscourts.gov under case number 23-cr-20286.