For the owner of a small private security company with a history of debt relief and bankruptcy, it seemed like a good opportunity: Find people with military experience to work in Haiti.
Antonio “Tony” Intriago, owner of Miami-based CTU Security, appears to have seized the opportunity by recruiting more than 20 former Colombian soldiers to carry out the mission. Now Colombians have been killed or captured since the July 7 assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moise, and the Intriago business is facing questions about his role in the assassination.
On Wednesday night, Haitian National Police Chief Leon Charles accused Intriagoni of traveling to Haiti many times as a plot to assassinate and signing a contract, but did not provide other details or provide any evidence.
“The investigation is very advanced,” Charles said.
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A Miami security expert, Intriago was eager to take on the job and didn’t try to learn the details, leaving his contractors frustrated. Some of their family members in Colombia said they understood the duty to provide protection for male VIPs.
In Haiti, three Colombians were killed and 18 people were behind bars. Colombian National Police Chief General Jorge Luis Vargas told reporters in Bogotá. Colombian diplomats in Haiti do not have access to them.
Vargas said CTU Security used its credit card to buy 19 plane tickets from Bogota to Santo Domingo for Colombian suspects suspected of involvement in his murder. One of the killed Colombians, Duberney Cador, posed for a CTU Security black polo shirt.
Nelson Romero Velasquez, a former soldier and lawyer who has been advising 16 families of Colombians detained in Haiti, said on Wednesday that the men had served in the Colombian army’s elite special forces and could work without detection if they wanted to. He said it was clear that their actions did not go to Haiti to assassinate the president.
“They have the ability to be like shadows,” Romero Velasquez said.
The pre-existing attack took place in the president’s private home. He was shot dead and his wife was injured. It is not clear who pulled the trigger. The latest suspects identified in a comprehensive investigation include a former Haitian senator, a fired government official and an informant for the U.S. government.
Miami has become a center of investigation. The city has long been a hotbed of conspiracy, a Colombian cocaine supply point in the 1980s from the CIA’s recruitment center for the failed Pig Bay operation to overthrow Cuban dictator Fidel Castro. Its shores on the edge of lm were a place of exile for people from Latin America and the Caribbean when political winds blew at home and some were planning their return.
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Records in Florida show that the name of Intriago has changed over the past decade: CTU Security CS Security Solutions to Terrorist Unit Federal Academy LLC.
CTU lists two Miami addresses on its website. One of them is a closed warehouse without shutters. The second is a small office suite of another name. According to the receptionist, the CTU owner stops to collect mail once a week.
The Comny website said it would offer “first-rate personalized products and services to law enforcement and military units, as well as industrial customers.”
However, this has allowed some wholesalers to purchase their own products. Records in Florida show that Intriago was sued by the court in 2018 as a debt of $ 64,791 to the RSR Group for the supply of weapons and tactical equipment. Propper, a military April producer, also filed a lawsuit for dissatisfaction.
Writer Alexis Ortiz, who worked with Intriago on arranging meetings of Venezuelans extradited to the United States, described him as “a very active, skilled colleague.”
“She looked beautiful,” Ortiz said.
Richard Noriega, who heads the International Security Consulting in Miami, said he did not know the Intriago personally, but would monitor the situation. Noriega, originally from Venezuela, believes that Intriago was driven by the desire to make quick money and did not conduct the necessary checks.
Putting himself in the place of Intriago, Noriega said, “I’m coming out of a difficult situation – work, income, money. The opportunity arises. I don’t want to lose it.”
Typically, the security service will look for all the details of the operation to determine how many people to use and what level of insurance they need. If the situation could worsen, planning an escape route would be a priority, he said.
“The first thing we (security experts) need to consider is evacuation. Where do they get out of? That’s my first job,” Noriega said.
But, first and foremost, this planning never happened, perhaps because the Colombians, or at least some of them, thought their duties were flawless.
He said that if there were highly qualified Colombians to assassinate the president, it would not make sense for them to have no way out. Instead, they were apprehended by locals and police, some hiding in the bushes.
“It’s very vague,” Noriega said.