Miami-Dade Police Department

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2014

    Operation "Willy Wonka" Leads to Arrest of 17 "Get Money Soldiers" Gang Members

    Dumb names. Serious crime. Miami-Dade Police's yearlong "Operation Willy Wonka" investigation into the "Get Money Soliders" street gang has ended in the arrest of 17 members as well as 14 other individuals. The Get Money Soldiers were operating out of the Arthur Mays Villas Public Housing comple ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2014

    Miami-Dade Police Department Will No Longer Investigate Its Own Fatal Shootings

    On June 30, 2011, Miami-Dade Police officers ambushed a band of robbers in the Redland, killing four -- including the cops' own informant -- in a fury of bullets without receiving a shot in return. But when it came time to investigate the suspicious shootings, the agency leading the inquiry was non ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2014

    Report Calls 2011 Redland Killing "Suspicious": Cops Moved Body, May Have Planted Evidence

    Nearly three years after one of the bloodiest police operations in recent Miami history, prosecutors have issued a scathing report calling the killings "unusual, counter-intuitive, suspicious" and "disturbing." The June 30, 2011 sting -- in which four suspects, including a police informant, were sh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2014

    Dozens of Sex Offenders Are Now Forced to Camp Out in a Hialeah Parking Lot

    Darkness has swallowed the train tracks. It won't be long until the men arrive. At 9:50 p.m., the first pair of headlights punches through the black, and a white Ford pickup rolls into the parking lot of a large warehouse sitting among the nameless structures dominating the Miami-Hialeah border. Wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 5, 2014

    Police Round Up $1 Million Worth of Pot in Three Grow House Raids

    Miami-Dade Police were busy last night. Officers conducted three raids of three separate grow houses in the Redland last night and hauled off about $1 million worth of marijuana in the process.

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2014

    Pot Lab Found Hidden in Miami Pool

    It's 2014. Pot houses are so out. Pot pools are totally in. No, seriously, last week Miami-Dade Police discovered a massive hydroponic marijuana growing operation located at the base of a suburban home's pool.

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2013

    Two Family Members Dead, Two Injured in Horrific Domestic Rampage in West Perrine

    Miami-Dade Police are still trying to figure out what happened yesterday afternoon that sent two members of a family to the hospital and another two to their graves. Police arrived to the scene at 5940 SW 103rd Place at about 4 p.m. yesterday to find a man and a woman dead, and another man and woman ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2013

    Miami-Dade Corruption Cops Collected $58,000 in Overtime Working a Petty Case

    In early August, Miami-Dade Police made a big hullabaloo about busting four county employees who allegedly pocketed about $3,100 in entrance fees to Amelia Earhart Park in Hialeah. Well, now it turns out the bigger thieves were actually the detectives investigating Jamal Sheffield, Charles Simons, C ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2013

    Don't Let Your Kids Get on the Stolen School Bus That's Driving Around Town

    Miami-Dade Police are searching for a private yellow school bus that went missing yesterday, but until they recover it, they're warning parents not to let their children on the bus.

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2013

    Police Investigating Robbery Discover Grow House in Kendall

    Miami-Dade Police started investigating a break-in and robbery last night at a home in Kendall, but it turns out the home the burglars were targeting was actually a grow house. Police found 21 marijuana plants valued at around $50,000 inside.

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2013

    Police Set Up Two "First Amendment Zones" in Anticipation of George Zimmerman Verdict

    The verdict in the murder trial of George Zimmerman could come as early today, so in anticipation, the Miami-Dade Police Department has set up two "First Amendment zones" to try to corral protests and public gatherings. Never mind, of course, that all of America is technically covered by the First ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2013

    Miami Is the Capital of Deadly ATF Stings: 130 Charged, 7 Killed

    Miami is chock full of more cocaine than a Mexican narco-piñata. And yet, the city's most dangerous drug may just be imaginary. According to an investigation by USA Today, Miami is the main staging ground for controversial ATF sting operations in which undercover agents trick suspects into plottin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2013

    Some Genius Brought a "Grenade-Shaped Lighter" To MIA and Sparked an Evacuation

    There's a new guy to add to the list of airport travelers you hate, right alongside the lady who can't fathom taking off her high heels at the metal detector, the drunk salesman who pushes out into the aisle the second after the plane lands and, of course, shrieking hell-baby. Say hi to the traveler ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2013

    Florida Bill Would Limit Miami-Dade Police's Use of Drones

    The Miami-Dade Police Department is one of the few local law enforcement agencies in the country that currently owns a drone. While they've never actually used the thing, legislation is making its way through the Florida legislator that would limit its usage if they ever do.

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2013

    Florida Moves Closer To Banning Surveillance By Police Drones

    When the Miami-Dade Police Department acquired two drones in 2010 and then got FAA clearance to fly them, civil rights advocates warned the move was a harbinger of the Blade Runner police state to come when unmanned aircraft would hover outside every window. That privacy nightmare could still come t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2013

    Deadly Police-Involved Shooting Raises Familiar Question: Are Cops Stepping In Front of Cars?

    On Friday afternoon, two small-time criminals entered a CVS pharmacy in Kendall and allegedly began pocketing some of the goods. By the time Miami-Dade Police officers arrived, Yolanda Thomas and Xavier Johnson were already pulling out of the parking lot and making their getaway.Cops pursued the sho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2012

    MDPD Director Jim Loftus Announces Retirement After Gimenez's Reelection

    James Loftus, the director of the Miami-Dade Police Department, the largest police force in the southern United States, has announced his early retirement. The news comes just two days after Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez was re-elected, and might or might not reflect tension between the department ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2012

    Police Kill Female Suspect While Saving Kidnapped Teens at Homestead Trailer Park

    After getting a tip that two kidnapped teenagers were being held at a trailer park in Homestead, police shot and killed an armed female suspect. Five men were also arrested following the incident.

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2012

    No, Facebook Users, MS-13 Gang Members Are Not Using Kids To Lure Miami Rape Victims

    ​A photo of a flyer is circulating Facebook that has Miami-Dade residents in a tizzy. We were going to ignore it, but it has concerned so many of our Facebook friends that we figured it needed debunking. The warning from the "Miami-Dade Sheriff's Department" that purports that MS13 gang members a ... More >>

  • News

    November 17, 2011
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    October 10, 2011

    Police Fatally Shoot Man Who Stole Miami-Dade Cop Car After Deadly Crash

    ​A bizarre series of event early this morning lead to Miami-Dade Police fatally shooting a suspect who had stolen a police cruiser. The incident started after the man fled the scene of a deadly car crash that claimed the life of a cab driver.

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2011

    Police Shoot Man Who Attacked Ex-Girlfriend with Machete

    Miami-Dade Police Officers reportedly fatally shot a man after he allegedly attacked his ex-girlfriend and a male friend with a machete in Northwest Miami-Dade. The Police Department has yet to issue an official statement on the incident, but several startling details have emerged. 

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2011

    White Powdery Substance Found on Body of Juan Aviles, Miami-Dade Police Officer Slain in PR

    Juan Leonardo Aviles Otero​Police in Puerto Rico are analyzing the contents of three plastic bags containing a white powdery substance that were found on the body of Juan Leonardo Aviles Otero, the Miami-Dade Police officer who was fatally shot along with his sister on the island at 3 a.m. Thursda ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2011

    Police Suspect Missing Mom Lilly Aramburo May Have Been Killed

    Miami-Dade Police​More than three years after she went missing, Miami-Dade Police investigators believe Lilly Aramburo was a victim of foul play. At least, that's what an updated missing persons flyer seems to indicate. New Times wrote a cover story about the young single mother's June 1, 2007 dis ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2010

    Cops Vow to Stop Enrique Iglesias's Naked Water-Skiing

    Miami-Dade Police are apparently here to serve and protect us from the sight of Enrique Iglesias's man bits flapping in the wind as he waters-skis in the buff. Yes, the crooning heartthrob promised to water-ski naked in Biscayne Bay if Spain won the World Cup, but local cops tell TMZ that any public ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2010

    Luxury Auto Theft Ring Uncovered

    Police have put a stop to a massive luxury car theft ring. The elaborate scam targeted rental cars, and in an investigation yesterday police recovered more than $250,000 in stolen vehicles from an undisclosed warehouse somewhere in North Dade."These are high-end vehicles, so they're worth a lot of m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2010

    Jailbird Escapee Headbutts Miami-Dade Cop, Thinks He's an Action Hero

    via miami dade policeAnrry Morales-Leiva ​Most of the time, when you hear about some lunatic headbutting a cop, crack cocaine is involved. It takes some serious rock to make a guy think he is enough of a superhero to pull a Jean-Claude Van Damme on an armed police officer. But not Anrry Morales-Le ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2010

    Carlos Bertonatti is a Free Man Today After Posting $100,000 Bond

    Three days after drunkenly killing a biker on the Rickenbacker Causeway and speeding away to his high-end Key Biscayne condo, would-be pop star Carlos Bertonatti is a free man this morning.via Miami-Dade Police Department​Bertonatti posted a $100,000 bond late in the afternoon yesterday, Det. Rebe ... More >>

  • Calendar

    January 21, 2010
  • Blogs

    December 15, 2009

    News Roundup: Dumb Cops Finish First; SEC Probes Miami

    This makes a lot of sense looking back at it: Miami Dade College was responsible for administering tests to Miami-Dade Police officers to be considered for promotions, but the college screwed up the process. So cops who didn't get good scores were sometimes promoted, while office ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2009

    Miami-Dade Cops Nab Million-Dollar Art Thief in the Midst of Art Basel

    via Miami-Dade Police Department One of the stolen paintings, by Albert Gleizes (1914), valued at $1.4 million, according to police.​A good lesson for Art Basel-goers: If you try to get millions in art for a buck, a cup of coffee, and a hastily brandished firearm, you're going to have some ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2009

    Perfume Bandits Get Caught On Camera

    Via Miami-Dade Police DepartmentMiami-Dade cops are on the hunt for thieves with a taste for Chanel No. 5. Last week, two men allegedly broke into a commercial warehouse at 320 NE 187th Street. They stuffed $100,000 worth of expensive perfume into a white Ford Van. (Riptide likes to imagine the cr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2009

    Two Florida Men Face Five Years in Jail for Posting Gang Signs on MySpace

    Do I get five years in the slammer for posting this? ​Thanks to a law championed by a former Miami-Dade Police officer, two Florida men face up to five years in prison for photos allegedly showing gang signs posted to their MySpace accounts. The whole thing is ridiculous. Taxpa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2009

    Guy Shot by Cops Yesterday Once Got Picked up for Soliciting Boys

    Around 3:20 p.m. yesterday, Miami-Dade Police responded to a call at 11210 SW 157th St. that a man was threatening someone with a gun over a landlord-tenant dispute.View Larger MapWhen the cops arrived, a 39-year-old named Iran Delima pulled out a gun. One of the officers pulled his own piece and sh ... More >>

  • News

    July 16, 2009

    Dog Bites Man

    Miami Police canine units attack first, ask questions later.

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2009

    Three Shot Dead in West Kendall Home

    Miami-Dade Police are investigating the death of two men and one woman found shot dead in a West Kendall townhouse Wednesday night.Police hurried to the Point Lake townhomes at 8 p.m. to respond to a call about gunshots fired at 15315 SW 76th Terr.Upon arrival, officers noticed the front door of the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2009

    Man Fatally Stabbed in Domestic Dispute

    View Larger Map A man was stabbed to death during a domestic dispute that occurred early this morning in Northwest Miami-Dade. The subject is detained by Miami-Dade Police and charges are pending. Detectives are investigating the scene and the relation of the two Latin males, whose names have not ye ... More >>

  • News

    May 7, 2009

    The Fuzz Buster Strikes Again

    A Coral Gables man stakes out speed traps in the name of justice.

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2008

    Esto solo pasa en Meeyami

    Today, the last day of 2008, Banana Republican highlights his ten favorite news stories of the year, the tales that truly capture life in a sun-drenched, third-world dimension. 10. Marc Sarnoff's Memo to Himself. The Coconut Grove loving city commissioner has a super secret meeting with Joe Arriol ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2008

    News Roundup

    What's in the papers and on the news today -- and why you care: A former Miami-Dade Police officer was sentenced to eight years in prison after fleeing the scene of a fatal accident. Aren't cops supposed to know how the law works? [Local 10] Names are already being mentioned as to who will replac ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2008

    Banana Republican - Hart Burn

    In this week's New Times, I report on an internal investigation of Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Lt. Lisa Hart, who wasn't showing up for work yet still getting paid. The investigation is based on an anonymous complaint filed with the Miami-Dade Police public corruption unit. Here you will find a copy of t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2007

    Drawing a Bead on Criminals, and Victims

    Featured prominently in the news of the capture of an alleged serial rapist 19-year-old named Wayne A. Proctor was the below suspect sketch, by Miami-Dade forensic artist Jorge Molina, which was instrumental in breaking the case. The resemblance clearly is uncanny, and reminded us of "Killer Creativ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2007

    A “Dark Day” for Miami-Dade Police

    Today feels like the “Darkest Day,” the name Miami-Dade Police have coined for the day in early Seventies when a trio of auto-theft detectives were shot and killed. But, today, authorities are hunting for Shawn Sherwin LaBeet, the 25-year-old suspected of shooting four officers -- killing one -- ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 28, 2007

    Po-Po Party

    You still have the right to remain silent

  • News

    June 21, 2007

    Expos Fray

    A TV reporter says he lost his job for doing his job

  • Diversions

    May 12, 2005
  • News

    April 7, 2005

    The Long Silence

    How did county police officials respond to a damaging report on racial profiling? They didn't

  • News

    September 6, 2001

    Letters to the Editor

    From the issue of September 6, 2001

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