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Southern District of Florida

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, January 31, 2020

Man Who Flew Drone in Restricted South Florida Air Space During Super Bowl Week Charged Federally

MIAMI – Ariana Fajardo Orshan, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and George L. Piro, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Miami Field Office, announced today that Yorgan Arnaldo Ramos Teran (Ramos Teran), 46, of Weston, Florida, is charged with violating the temporary flight restrictions set up to protect the public during Super Bowl LIV and the week leading up to the game. Super Bowl LIV takes place on February 2, 2020, at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.

According to the criminal complaint filed in the Southern District of Florida, on the night of January 29, 2020, Ramos Teran illegally flew a drone in the temporarily restricted air space of Ocean Drive and 8th Street in Miami Beach, without the required authorization from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The complaint charges Ramos Teran with violating 49 U.S.C. § 46307, which prohibits knowingly and willfully violating national defense airspace; specifically, with knowingly and willfully flying a drone in an area with a temporary flight restriction imposed by the FAA. If convicted, Ramon Teran faces up to one year in federal prison. Ramos Teran is scheduled for an initial appearance before a federal magistrate judge at 2:00 p.m. today.  

A temporary flight restriction is a regulation that temporarily restricts certain aircraft (including drones) from operating within a defined area in order to protect people or property in the air or on the ground. As part of a comprehensive federal, state, and local law enforcement plan to protect the public and secure the events leading up to and including Super Bowl LIV, the FAA established temporary flight restrictions on drone and other aircraft flights in areas of Miami Beach and Downtown Miami, and around the Hard Rock Stadium. Restrictions on drone and other aircraft flights in South Florida remain in effect through February 2, 2020.

For more information on Super Bowl LIV-related “No Drone Zones” and other temporary flight restrictions, visit  superbowl.faa.gov.

U.S. Attorney Fajardo Orshan commended the investigative efforts of the FBI, FAA, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI), Miami Field Office, and Miami Beach Police Department.

A criminal complaint is an accusation and defendant is presumed innocent unless and until he is found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

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.

Updated January 31, 2020