Redeveloping History

Miamiís top developer says he has no history with drug dealers. You judge.

"I resigned just in case someone like you would try to make something of it," Martin relates.

This past August 11, investigators from the Drug Enforcement Administration met with Martin at his Brickell Avenue office to ask him about the Jaars and Saiehs. "They asked me if I knew any of these other people I have never met before," Martin says. "I spoke to the agents because I had nothing to hide." (A DEA spokesman would neither confirm nor deny the meeting.)

Schnapp, a former federal prosecutor, says since he began representing the brothers, Martin has had zero involvement with the Jaars and Saiehs. "Pedro wouldn't know about any of this stuff going on with OFAC," Schnapp insists. "This sounds like someone is trying to inflict damage on Pedro."

Martin shares the sentiment. "I've formed hundreds of companies over the past 25 years," he says. "To me, [your writing this story] is just a way to hurt me. There is nothing there."

Pedro Martin and his attorney, Greenberg Traurig shareholder Jerold Budney, sent Miami New Times a seven-page letter regarding this story. Click here to read it.

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