CUBAN EXILE TERRORIST: 1500 guns, Live Grenade, 35 Machine Guns and More!

Posted on August 29, 2007


In April 2006, police entered the home of Cuban exile, Robert Ferro. They found 1500 guns, 35 machine guns, 130 silencers, a live hand grenade, a rocket launcher tube and 89,000 rounds of ammunition. What was he doing with such an arms cache?

The answer can be found in comments he provided the court in June when he pled guilty to a single count of illegal weapons possession:

I never hurt anyone in the U.S.,” he said. “I love this country.” Moments later he added, “I want to go to Cuba and get rid of Castro.”

Recently, Ferro was sentenced to over five years in prison and charged a $75,000 fine.

For more than 40 years, Miami-based, anti-Cuba terrorist organizations have launched repeated terrorist actions against Cuba and its people, with the knowledge and support of the FBI and CIA. Upwards of 3,000 Cubans have died as a result of these terrorists’ attacks.

Several Miami terrorist groups have been involved in these attacks including “Comandos F4” and “Brothers to the Rescue.” Ferro said that his cache of weapons was headed for a group in Miami called Alpha 66. When the group denied it was the intended recipient of the weapons, the investigation was not pursued further. This is not surprising because Alpha 66 is one of the oldest and most dangerous anti-Cuba terrorist groups in Miami and has enjoyed a collaborative relationship with the CIA for decades.

THE CUBAN 5

It is the US’ repeated refusal to prosecute Miami-based terrorist groups that led Cuba to send five Cubans to Miami to infiltrate these groups and report back to Cuba about any imminent attacks.

The Cuban Five were arrested in 1998 and falsely accused by the US of committing espionage conspiracy against the US, and other related charges. This coming September 12 will mark the 9th anniversary of their arrest.

The Five’s actions were never directed at the U.S. government. No one was harmed and the Five never possessed nor used any weapons while in the United States. Yet, in a huge miscarriage of justice, the Cuban Five received four life sentences and 75 years, collectively.

The injustice of the sentences handed “the Five” is even more glaring when you look at the breadth and nature of Mr. Ferro’s activities. With a previous felony conviction in 1992 for explosives possession (see article below) combined with the massive weapons cache discovered in 2006, someone should have been keeping an eye on him – in a more perfect world that would have been the FBI.

September 12 marks the kick-off of a month-long international campaign to “Free the Five.” Please go to www.freethefive.org for more information.

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5 years in jail for gun stash
Upland man also to pay $75K fine
Rod Leveque, Staff Writer
San Bernardino County Sun
Article Launched:08/28/2007 12:00:00 AM PDT

RIVERSIDE – An Upland man who illegally stored a massive weapons arsenal inside his upscale suburban home was sentenced to more than five years in federal prison Monday.

Robert Ferro, who claimed he amassed many of the guns in preparation for the overthrow of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro, was also fined $75,000 as part of his punishment.

The prison sentence handed down by Judge Virginia A. Phillips was not only substantially stiffer than the 21 months sought by Ferro’s attorneys, but also was harsher than what federal prosecutors had asked for.

The judge showed little mercy for Ferro during the hearing, saying she was especially bothered Ferro kept such a large cache of deadly weapons in a residential neighborhood.

“This is a serious offense,” the judge said.

Police found more than 1,500 guns during an April 2006 search of Ferro’s home on Tapia Way. The arsenal included machine guns, short barreled rifles, a live hand grenade, 130 silencers, a rocket launcher tube and about 89,000
rounds of ammunition.

Ferro is not allowed to have any guns because of a 1992 felony conviction for possession of explosives on a Pomona chicken ranch. In that case, prosecutors alleged he was using the ranch in preparation for an invasion of Cuba.

Ferro pleaded guilty in June to a single count of illegal weapons possession. As a result of his plea, he faced a maximum sentence of nearly seven years in prison.

Ferro, 63, spoke briefly during his sentencing hearing in federal court in Riverside Monday morning.

He told the judge many of the guns were collectibles he gathered as an investment over the past 43 years.

The others he intended to use against Castro, and never posed any danger to anyone else, he said.

“I never hurt anyone in the U.S.,” he said. “I love this country.” Moments later he added, “I want to go to Cuba and get rid of Castro.”

Ferro said he believed he had the government’s blessing to have the guns because authorities seized them in 1991 while investigating the explosives case, and then gave them back.

“Maybe it was wrong,” he said. “I don’t know. They didn’t charge me in 1991, so I thought it was OK to keep them until we went to Cuba.”

Phillips was not persuaded by Ferro’s explanations.

“None of them are convincing and all of them reflect a lack of respect for the law,” the judge said.

Phillips told attorneys Monday that the similarities between Ferro’s priorcase and his current one indicate he is a danger to the community and a likely candidate to re-offend.

Ferro’s attorneys had asked the judge for leniency, claiming a sentence of four or five years in prison amounted to a death sentence for Ferro.

Ferro has diabetes and a bad heart, and will not get the medical attention he needs while he’s locked up, they claimed.

“He will die in prison,” defense attorney Rhonda A. Anderson told the judge Monday. “Statistically it’s clear he’s at the tail end of his life.”

The judge was unmoved.

Ferro’s attorneys said they will consider appealing the sentence.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Dennise Willett declined to comment.

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