Arms Smuggling -- Cuba
Personal papers of Tom Dunkin. Notes, 3 pages]
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Sept. 15, 1974--This material originally was compiled at the
Jay McMullen during September and November of 1966 while the
Project" was alive, and later clips from home files at his
all possible information on arms smuggling).
Source-Miami Herald Reference Library
Envelope covering period 1964-5
Clip dated Sept. 24, 1964:
Ricardo Lorie Y Valla, one of Castro's chief weapons
purchasers in the
U.S. Testified before the Senate Internal Security
agents bought guns in all stores in Florida that would sell
The guns were hidden in homes of various Cubans in Miami,
transported to Fort Lauderdale for air transportation to the
Clip dated Feb. 14 1964:
AP dispatch datelined Jacksonville, Fla.
"Customs officials said Thursday no federal charges will be
against a young Cuban refugee arrested with a quantity of
shells, hunting knives and medicine in his car.
"Customs Agent W.B. Lankford said investigation has
apparently no federal law was violated by Juan Miguel Rassi,
21, of New
York City, except possible transportation of goods intended
without a license.
"This could lead to the confiscation of Rassi's automobile
goods it contained, Lankford said, but no criminal charges
Envelope on Subject- CUBA- Arms Smuggling, series March
Series written by Georga Southworth and Donne Petitclore
agents Charles E. Wyatt and William B. Lankford as saying
arms through Miami to Cuba is a steady operation.
confiscated arms valued at from $75,000 to $100,00 during
year, and it was estimated by Batista government that they
confiscated at leasted $2 million worht of arms struggled
from the U.S.
Clip dated Oct. 13, 1958:
Customs and Florida Highway Patrol arrested three Cubans on
Florida turnpike (Sunshine State Parkway) with 200 M-1
Officers had trailed them 500 miles before making the arrest
(Southworth-Petitclare series said that fines ranging from
$1000 usually were imposed upon persons convicted of
smuggling arms in
Clip dated Nov. 30 1958:
The 80-foot lyacht Restless II was caught near Key Biscayne
rifles, 7,000 rounds of immunition. Supervising Agent
Wyatt and Border Patrolman Charles Williams made seizure.
Eight men were arrested, including Guillermo Martin, 36, of
4040 Sw 60
Ct., Clip said case going to grand jury Dec. 3, but no
follow up clip
OF POSSIBLE INTEREST for further research: Case
brothers, Stanley J.; Jerome H. and Bernard S. Bachman,
as Stanborn Securities Corp., in Rochester N.Y. charged with
to provide arms to Fidel Castro. Nov. 30, 1958 clips
jury resulted in mistrial, and government considering
follow up material in envelope.
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Clip dated June 11, 1959: (Virginia Bland case)
Virginia Bland, female pilot, and five others cleared of
charges; seven others to be arraigned for trying to fly arms
to Dominican Republic. (News story sketchy, baut
attempted bribery of Customs Agent Wallace Shanley.
of incident reported in book by Miriam Ottenber," The
Clip dated July 1, 1959:
Three arrested and one escaped when carload of arms and a
light plane were seized at North Perry Airport in Broward
Rolando Masferrer was found a few miles from the airport
about an hour
after the 3 a.m. seizure. He was arrested for having
license, and later released. He was driving a car
Richard Jaffee, 29, of 2030 NW 175th st., owner of Torch
Corp., and also owner of the plane involved. Quantity
anti-Castro leaflets found in car with Masferrer.
The trio arrested was identified as Jose Carbonell Peres
Jose Carbonell, 51, of 3614 NW 12th Terrace; Carlos Manuel
Castro, 30, of 415 SW 5th St., a former newspaper editor in
Robert John Daut, 38, of 1570 NW 20th St., a Miami
Clip dated July 30, 1959:
Two Americans and one Cuban arrested at a Key Largo airstrip
of arms bound for Cuba. Arrest made by Border Patrol,
deputies and a state fish and wildlife officer. Cargo
Springfield rifles, and 20,000 rounds of ammunition.
Ray Bond, senior inspector for Homestead unit of Border
names of those arrested could not be released because all
relatives living in Cuba.
Arrest made at Ocean Reef airstrip, where a resident
authorities that something odd was going on the night
someone put flares out on airstrip, plane landed then took
Seizure made at 2:40 a.m., involved a 1959 Piper
arrested men were to be given a hearing before U.S.
Davis "later today" (July 30, 1959). Plane had been rented
Airport on Tuesday, from Howe Aviation. Rented by
about 24, of 409 SE 9th Ave., Hialeah.
Clip dated Aug. 3, 1959:
Manuel Carlos Rojas, 21, of 409 SE 9th Ave, Hialeah, and
Ramirez, 29, of Havana, landed a plane on road at Grassy Key
night and tried to unload and hide cargo of arms. The
they had tried to fly arms into Pinar del Rio Province, but
a Cuban f51
chased them away.
Cargo was arms valued at $5,000- included 30 carbines and
of ammunition. Rojas and Ramirez complained
prevented them from unloading and hiding arms, were "aiding
communism." Spectators held the two for police, L.
Rene Raiole of
Monroe county Sheriff's Department was arresting officer.
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Rojas and Ramirez mistook rotating light on restaurant on
for an airport beacon, and made perfect landing on paved
They were held in Monroe County jail on arms smuggling
charge, and were
to be taken before U.S. Commissioner William V. Alloway in
Rojas was free on #2,500 bond on a similar charge made a
week earlier at Key Largo.
clip dated Dec. 4, 1960:
Roy Katon, 45, operator of the Tamiami Gun Shop, 3050 SW 8th
Three persons found guilty of gun running in federal
Emmett Choate delayed sentencing pending routine presentence
The three were:
Roy Katon, 45, operator of the Tamiami Gun Shop, 3050 SW 8th
Luis Orlando Alvarez, no address given.
Carlos Zayas Castro, "
Clip dated Aug. 9, 1959:
Reported that General Services Administration was to inspect
weapons stored by Customs from seizures over the last two
Some weapons, submachineguns, had been issued to prison
guards and some rifles given to U.S. Atomic Energy
Smithsonian Institution asked for Cuban machetes from seized
items for museum pieces.
(Note for further research. story published July 5,
1959 in Miami
News, Page 2 B, by Sanford Schnier, headlinged "Where Do
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