US arrests Nigerian Monsuru Laval during DEA Sting against the Sinaloa cartel
Durojaye Monsuru Obafemi Laval, a Nigerian resident in Florida, was arrested by US Drug Enforcement Agency agents.
According to the Miami Herald, the man was captured by the agency along with several police officers during a special operation against the Sinaloa cartel.
According to court documents, Laval described himself as “involved in money laundering and politically linked to Nigeria.”
Also arrested were two Miami cops, Dade Roderick Flowers and Keith Edwards, who are also social media celebrities, wear gold jewelry, smoke cigars and mimic the Miami police action series “Bad Boys.”
According to a report by the Miami Herald, federal officials said two police officers could go to jail together.
Flowers and Edwards are expected to face federal court today, the day after authorities arrested them on charges of agreeing to act as a front for a cocaine smuggling operation organized by undercover agents.
Also accused: a Miami money launderer named Manuel Carlos Hernandez, who bragged that Flowers was on his payroll, according to court documents.
According to the criminal complaint, the case was opened with the help of a confidential source who identified himself as a member of a Mexican cartel who entered into an international money-laundering agreement with Hernandez and called in two police officers for help. carry a load of “white girls” – the code word – for packets of cocaine from Homestead to Aventura.
“Welcome to the Sinaloa cartel,” the source told the officials, who laughed and walked away after the September 16 transport operation in Miami.
The complaint was filed late Thursday evening.
Flowers and Edwards are accused of conspiracy to distribute and possess cocaine. According to court documents, the cocaine was indeed a fake, and the entire operation was carefully coordinated by agents.
The charges are the culmination of a six-month investigation by the US Drug Enforcement Administration.
Hernandez is accused of conspiracy and money laundering.
He is charged by another man, Trevanti McLeod, and Durojaya Obafemi Monsuru Laval, who, according to court documents, described himself as “involved in money laundering and politically connected with Nigeria.”
Flowers and Edwards were members of the Miami-Dade Priority Response Team, a unit set up to respond to serious incidents following the 2018 Parkland School massacre.
Flowers, 30, came from a law enforcement family. His sister is a police officer in Georgia. His father is Raleigh Flowers, the Bal Harbor Police Chief and a former high-ranking officer from Hialeah.
Edwards is a former soldier and father of three.
DEA agents and a confidential source first focused on Hernandez, who ran Hernandez Investments in Davy. As the months passed, Hernandez bragged about the numerous clients he laundered for with his thick bank account and planned to open a barber shop and car wash to launder dirty money.
In the summer, the source orchestrated a series of money laundering deals with Hernandez, Laval and McLeod, involving drug money in secret audio and video tapes.
In July, Hernandez told a source that the owner of a Russian strip club was trying to launder money, according to a complaint. He later told a source that he “made several calls to law enforcement agencies” to investigate the Russians and learned that they were informants, the complaint said.
The following month, a source asked if Officer Hernandez’s secret source might have a license plate for someone who allegedly owes him money.
Later, DEA agents learned that Flowers was the police officer who had logged the day through the law enforcement database.
Hernandez later told the source that Flowers and the police officer’s unnamed cousin were “on his payroll” as “bail for money laundering,” the complaint said.
The source met with Flowers at Hernandez’s office on September 9th. The source asked if he was really a police officer. “Yes, I don’t look like that, do I?” Flowers would answer.
The source eventually offered to rent flowers to protect a shipment of cocaine that was to be transported from a motel in Homestead to a location in Aventura.
Flowers enthusiastically explained his security skills and even stated that he and Edwards had received special forces training.
“Flowers showed with his hands that he had been trained to shoot in the abdomen and chest,” the complaint says. “He argued that if it was a blow to the head, it would be from ears to forehead.”
According to the DEA, the source paid Flowers $ 5,000 up front. Edwards later met the source in person and also bragged about his military security training.
According to the complaint, he also referred to himself as a “police officer”.
The operating contract passed without interruption on September 16. According to the DEA, Flowers and Edwards escorted transport in different vehicles from one hotel in Homestead to one in Aventura.
Source: Miami Herald