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CUBAN CRAFTERS IS MORE THAN A CIGAR FACTORY

On Friday September 2nd, I predicted that one of the very first things that would happen with the appointment of an interim Chief of Police would be that he would waste no time in giving orders to start going through the IA and computer files looking for information on the pending criminal investigations that everyone knows are occurring.


Here what I wrote:


    “So, if Cabrera, or whoever else designated Acting

    Chief is immediately appointed upon the Chief’s firing,

    they would have all of Tuesday, all of Wednesday,

    and all of Thursday to root through the Chief’s computer,

    desk, files, as well as give orders for the Mayor’s cohorts

    to go through the building looking for all the documents

    related to any of these pending criminal investigations,

    and at the same time they’d also have 2 days to look

    for any evidence that they might be able to use against

    the Chief at the Emergency City Commission Meeting.


True to my prediction, Johnny Martinez in his own words, explains what happened right after Manny Orosa became interim Chief of Police.

Manny Orosa and his hand-picked guy acted just like out-of -work housewives who had just won a 5 minute shopping romp through a supermarket.  First stop was the IA files.


Last week I revealed how Orosa had made a career on being a professional tattletale, and after being on the job less than 48 hours he was already providing Martinez with information, and the best part was that unlike the Feds, Martinez didn’t even need to give Orosa “use” immunity.


But that was just the appitizer.  It took till 2:10 AM, for the real blockbuster information to be revealed, when Major Al Alvarez stepped to the podium to be the last witness to testify.


THE CUBAN CRAFTER’S CONNECTION


Up until Alvarez’s appearance, no one had directly mentioned the name Cuban Crafters.  All the references as to what led to the Chief’s desire to demote Commander Roque and Perez, and about their disobeying a direct order, referenced a cigar store on NW 7th Street.


It was riveting testimony that never made it into any of the Miami Herald coverage - although they update and refresh their on-line stories all the time - nor did it make any of the local Anglo TV stations coverage of the events, except for WFOR, CBS Channel 4, that reported what happened this way:


    “Former Internal Affairs commander Alfredo Alvarez

    also faced intense questioning about police department

    policy and procedure, at times arguing with Milian, other

    times declining to answer questions Milian posed.”


I’ll defer making any judgment on whether this qualifies as reporting, and direct you to the video below that includes a 6:10 portion of Alvarez’s testimony so you can make your own judgment.


I have also uploaded the complete 30:52 minutes of his testimony that you can view HERE.


This tape begins as Alvarez references the order that the Chief had given to Commanders Roque and Perez - 2 of the 3 individuals that were part of Count I of the City Manager’s reasons for suspending the Chief.

As Alvarez stated, Cuban Crafters is a popular place for politicians.  Here is former Miami City Commissioner Richard Dunn with Jorge Salazar, Kiki Berger and Al Gutman.

Behind Kiki Berger’s Left ear, you can make out a portion of our old pal, Armando “The Whopper” Gutierrez talking to the gentleman in the suit, who was the former Lt Governor of Florida, Jeff Kottkamp.

And then of course there’s FOP President Armando Aguilar and Vice President Javier Ortiz with Luis de Cubas.

And then here’s interim Police Chief Manny Orosa with Armando Aguilar to the left in the white shirt.

It’s a good thing none of these fine folks was close by the houses when a major drug bust was going down.


It’s also good to know that none of these folks have a problem socializing in an establishment co-owned by a guy who was involved in one of the largest Medicare frauds and spent time in federal prison.


Perhaps my next venture when I quit writing this stuff should be opening a fancy club. I’m sure all of these nice folks would gladly come and patronize my establishment. After all, I did wear a mask when I said, “Stickem Up!”

UPDATE:  SINCE I POSTED MY STORY CHUCK RABIN HAS POSTED A NEW STORY FOR MONDAY THAT INCLUDES SOME MORE INFORMATION ABOUT AL ALVAREZ’S TESTIMONY AS WELL AS DENIALS BY JORGE SALAZAR OF CUBAN CRAFTERS.


TO READ THE STORY CLICK HERE.