November 26, 2020

Cayman gunrunner pleads guilty in USA

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gun_crochet_patternMichael Brandon Leslie, from the Cayman Islands, has agreed to plead guilty in a United States Federal Court to one of seven counts in return for the dismissal of the other six charges.

Leslie was one of six defendants charged with gunrunning between the Cayman Islands and Florida, USA.

The following is taken from the “Case 0:11-cr-60299-RSR Document 140 Entered on FLSD Docket 02/14/2013”

USA v. MIKKYLE BRANDON LESLIE, alk/a Brandon Ebanks, alka Mikkyle Brandon Ebanks, alk/a Jason Jenkins, alk/a Kalishnikov, Defendant.

STIPULATED FACTS FOR PLEA

The defendant and the government stipulate that if the government were to proceed to trial the government would present evidence to establish that:

1.         Agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives received information from law enforcement officials in Grand Cayman that a group of individuals located in the Miami Florida area were involved with individuals located in the Cayman Islands in smuggling firearms and ammunition from the United States to Grand Cayman.

2.         Through investigation ATF Agents identified several individuals including, Mikkyle Leslie aka Brandon Ebanks, Michael Ebanks, Brittanio Walton, Mitchell Anthony Brown, Howard Antonio Edwards aka Michael Bell, Marvin Watson, Ashley Watler, Rochelle Holness, Robert Terry, Andrew Campbell, Andrew Thompson and Kyle Santamaria aka Santana, Tito Bonilla and Michael Henry as participants in the firearms smuggling activities.

3.                           On or about July 6, 2008, defendant MIKKYLE BRANDON LESLIE, using the name Brandon Ebanks, purchased a refrigerator at BrandsMart U.S.A. in Miami, Florida. Brandsmart USA receipt no. 00147937’8 bears the name   Brandon EBANKS, 15105 Miami Lakes, Miami, FL. as the purchaser, The sales receipt contains the telephone number (786) 718-9909 which belonged to Brittanio Walton.   The docking slip at Brandsmart was signed M. EBANKS.

4.         On or about August 17, 2008, defendant MIKKYLE BRANDON LESLIE exchanged messages on MySpace with an unknown individual and discussed several firearms that defendant MIKKYLE BRANDON LESLIE had available for sale.

5.         On or about September 11,2008, defendant MIKKYLE BRANDON LESLIE, using the name Mikkyle Ebanks, Mario Beckford and Brittanio Walton delivered a refrigerator to Tropical Shipping, Thompson Line, a Division of Tropical Shipping and Construction Co. Ltd., Thompson Shipping Co. Ltd., in Miami, Florida to be sent to Jerica Fellner in Grand Cayman. Surveillance video from Tropical Shipping shows MIKKYLE BRANDON LESLIE, and Mario Beckford delivering the refrigerator.    The sign in log at Tropical Shipping shows that Mikkyle Ebanks signed in that day.

6.         On or about September 29, 2008, the refrigerator which was sent by Mario Beckford and MIKKYLE BRANDON LESLIE to Jerica Fellner arrived in Grand Cayman and was picked up by Jerica Fellner, defendant ROBERT TERRY and defendant TITO BONILLA. The refrigerator was taken to the residence of defendant TITO BONILLA in Grand Cayman where the refrigerator was dismantled and four firearms and ammunition were removed from a concealed compartments in the refrigerator. American Airlines records establish that on or about September 29, 2008, defendant MIKKYLE BRANDON LESLIE flew from Miami, Florida to Grand Cayman. Telephone records for telephone number 786-718-9909, subscribed to by

Brittanio Walton, show that Walton called Jerica Fellner fifty-nine (59) times between September 7, 2008 and November 15,2008.

7.         Between on or about October 10,2008 and October 21, 2008,defendant MIKKYLE BRANDON LESLIE purchased four firearms and two thirty-three round magazines from Big Al’s Gun and Pawn, Inc. in Broward County, Florida.

8.         Travel records show that on or about October 15, 2008, Michael Timothy Ebanks, flew from Grand Cayman to Miami, Florida and that on or about October 15, 2008, KYLE SANTAMARIA flew from Grand Cayman to Miami, Florida.

9.         Receipts from BrandsMart USA show that on or about October 16, 2008, defendant MIKKYLE BRANDON LESLIE, Michael Timothy Ebanks, and KYLE SANTAMARIA purchased a refrigerator using the name Jason Jenkins at BrandsMart U.S.A. in Miami, Florida.

10.       On or about October 21,2008, defendant MIKKYLE BRANDON LESLIE picked up four firearms from Big Al’s Gun and Pawn, Inc. in Broward County, Florida.    Travel records show that on or about October 29, 2008, Michael Timothy Ebanks flew from Miami, Florida to Grand Cayman and on or about October 29, 2008, defendant KYLE SANTAMARIA flew from Miami, Florida to Grand Cayman.

11.       On or about November 4, 2008, defendant MIKKYLE BRANDON LESLIE, using the name Jason Jenkins, delivered a refrigerator containing five firearms, 800 rounds of ammunition, a magazine which is compatible with an AK-47 type rifle and a magazine which is compatible with a MAC-10 type pistol, to Tropical Shipping, Thompson Line, a Division of Tropical Shipping and Construction Co. Ltd., Thompson Shipping Co. Ltd., in Miami, Florida for shipment to Ashley Watler in Grand Cayman.

12.       On or about November 13, 2008, Michael Timothy Ebanks, attempted to obtain the refrigerator which had been sent to Ashley Watler by defendant MIKK.YLE BRANDON LESLIE, using the name Jason Jenkins, from the port in Grand Cayman and was arrested by law enforcement officers in Grand Cayman.   A DNA analysis was conducted on the firearms contained in the seized refrigerator which resulted in positive DNA matches with Michael Timothy Ebanks, Defendant MIKKYLE BRANDON LESLIE and Defendant KYLE SANTAMARIA. The DNA results indicate that Brandon Ebanks, aka Mikkyle Leslie, could not be eliminated as a contributor (1 in 290,00   probability of an unre1ated contributor) to the DNA sample recovered on the slide of firearm ME1.

13.       Following his arrest on November 13, 2008, Michael Timothy Ebanks provided information to Cayman law enforcement officials.    Michael Timothy Ebanks stated that he traveled from the Cayman Islands to Miami, Florida in October 2008, to assist in shipping firearms to Grand Cayman. That Jason Jenkins told him to buy a refrigerator at least 3 inches thick with doors that have screw on panels so the firearms could be hidden in the doors. Michael Timothy Ebanks also stated that ROBERT TERRY was aware that firearms and ammunition was concealed in the refrigerator when it was sent to Grand Cayman from the United States and that ROBERT TERRY had arranged for Ashley Watler to pick up the refrigerator at Grand Cayman customs.    Michael Timothy Ebanks stated that KYLE SANTAMARIA drove him to Grand Cayman customs to give Ashley Watler the money to pay the customs duty on the refrigerator.

14.       On or about January 26, 2009, defendant MIKKYLE BRANDON LESLIE purchased a .40 caliber Beretta Storm semi-automatic pistol in Miami-Dade County, Florida.

15.       On or about January 28,2009, defendant MIKKYLE BRANDON LESLIE sent a message on MySpace to ROBERT TERRY. Defendant MIKKYLE BRANDON LESLIE asked ROBERT TERRY to send   the contact number and company name.   Defendant   MIKKYLE BRANDON LESLIE further stated “from clean line …feds!!!”.

16.       Travel records show that on or about January 30, 2009, defendant MARVIN MATTHEW WATSON purchased a ticket tor travel from Grand Cayman on January 31, 2009 with a return date of February 9, 2009.   On or about January 31, 2009, defendant MARVIN MATTHEW WATSON traveled from Grand Cayman to Miami, Florida.

17.       On or about February 2, 2009, defendant MIKKYLE BRANDON LESLIE along with MARVIN MATTHEW WATSON purchased a .45 caliber Encom America semi-automatic pistol and a .38 caliber Taurus revolver in Broward County, Florida.

18.       Receipts and video surveillance show that on or about February 5, 2009, MARVIN MATTHEW WATSON and MIKKYLE BRANDON LESLIE purchased a vacuum c1eaner, two lamps, and two ceiling fans, duct tape, gloves and other items from a Home Depot store in Hialeah, Florida.

19.       Receipts from Walmart show that on or about February 6, 2009, MARVIN MATTHEW WATSON and MIKKYLE BRANDON LESLIE purchased lamps, a charcoal grill, and other items from a Walmart store located in Hialeah, Florida.

20.       Records from Thompson shipping show that on or about February 6, 2009, MARVIN MATTHEW WAI’SON and MIKKYLE BRANDON   LESLIE caused boxes containing a lamp, ceiling fans, and a vacuum cleaner, all of which contained concealed firearms, to be shipped from Port Everglades, Broward County, Florida to Grand Cayman through a freight forwarder to defendant ALEXANDER MICHAEL HENRY under the name of Michael Henry.

21.       On or about February 10,2009, defendant MARVIN MATTHEW WATSON traveled from Miami, Florida to Grand Cayman.   On or about February 13, 2009, upon returning to Grand Cayman, defendant MARVIN MATTHEW WATSON and defendant ALEXANDER MICHAEL HENRY obtained the boxes that had been shipped to defendant ALEXANDER MICHAEL HENRY and took them to defendant   WATSON’s residence in Grand Cayman.

22.       On or about February 21, 2009, defendant MIKKYLE BRANDON LESLIE purchased a .40 caliber Glock semi-automatic pistol and a .38 caliber Rossi Revolver in Miami-Dade County, Florida. On or about February 24,2009, defendant MIKKYLE BRANDON LESLIE traveled from Miami, Florida to Grand Cayman.

23.       On or about February 27, 2009, defendant MARVIN MATTHEW WATSON purchased a ticket for travel from Grand Cayman to Miami, Florida on March 11, 2009 with a return date of March 16,2009.  On or about March 11,2009, defendant MARVIN MATI’HEW WATSON traveled from Grand Cayman to Miami, Florida.

24.       On or about March 18,2009, defendant MARVIN MATTHEW WATSON was arrested in Miami, Florida for possessing   a .40 caliber Glock semi-automatic pistol that had been purchased by defendant MIKKYLE BRANDON LESLIE.   Also recovered from the car driven by WATSON was a .38 caliber Rossi revolver that had been purchased by defendant MIKKYLE BRANDON LESLIE.   Incident to the arrest of Watson agents seized a counterfeit

i-Phone type phone, which included numerous entries in the contacts section containing names and phone numbers, and photos which were saved in Watson’s phone, including four photos of firearms.   One of these photos depicted an Encom MP45 semi-automatic pistol with a side-mounted magazine.   This firearm was later described by 2 witnesses as having been purchased by defendant MIKKYLE LESLIE in Florida and was identified as having been seen in MARVIN WATSON’s possession in Grand Cayman.   Firearm purchase records establish that Defendant MIKKYLE LESLIE had purchased an   Encom MP45 from Big Al’s Gun and Pawn in Broward County, Florida.   At the time of his arrest BRl1TANIO WALTON accompanied MARVIN WASTON.

25.       In April2009, BRlTTANIO WALTON was arrested in connection with an attempt to smuggle firearms from the United States to Grand Cayman.   Following his arrest WALTON gave a statement in which he advised that MIKKYLE LESLIE AKA BRANDON EBANKS, MICHAEL EBANKS MARVIN WATSON and KYLE SANTAMARlA aka Santana and others were involved in smuggling firearms to Grand Cayman.   WALTON described how MIKKYLE LESLIE, MICHAEL EBANKS purchased a refrigerator at Brandsmart in Miami that was used to conceal firearms that were shipped to Grand Cayman.   A check of the cellular telephone records of Brittanio Walton show approximately 10 calls to Ashely Watler in Grand Cayman and approximately 14 calls to Michael Ebanks in Grand Cayman during the time period involved in the shipping of the refrigerator from Port Everglades Florida to Grand Cayman.  25. Telephone records for the telephone number subscribed to by Brittanio Walton, show that

Walton called Alexander Michael Henry six (6) times between February 14, 2009 and April 9, 2009 and that Walton called Jerica Fellner eighty-four (84) times between January 25,2009 and April 9, 2009.

26.       On February I, 20ll,ROBERT TERRY, was arrested by law enforcement officers in Grand Cayman for possession of an unlicensed firearm.    The firearm was found to be Glock pistol with an obliterated serial number.   The Grand Cayman law enforcement officers also recovered a holster, magazine pouch, ski mask, and gloves inside a suitcase at the time of TERRY’s arrest.   The Glock pistol which was recovered was later identified to be the same firearm used for the shooting of the Chief Magistrate Margaret Ramsey Hale’s residence through an analysis of bullet casings.    The serial number of this pistol was forensically restored and revealed a serial number ofMFP7*8, with the* representing an unknown number.    This serial number is consistent with the purchase of a Glock pistol by MIKKYLE BRANDON LESLIE bearing serial number MFP708.    Agents from ATF traced the other nine Glock pistols and have established that all nine other Glock pistols which could potentially match this serial number are accounted for leaving only the pistol purchased by MIKKYLE LESLIE as the pistol which was seized from ROBERT TERRY.    ATF Agents have established that ROBERT TERRY and MIKKYLE LESLIE have been associates for several years.

27.       The purchase and shipment of the firearms occurred in the Southern District of Florida.

28.       The defendant and the government stipulate that this evidence would be sufficient to establish that defendant MIKKYLE LESLIE did     knowingly and willfully combine, conspire, confederate, and agree with persons known and unknown to the Grand Jury to: (A) knowingly and willfully deliver and cause to be delivered to a common carrier, for transportation and shipment in interstate and foreign commerce to a person, other than a licensed importer, manufacturer, dealer, or collector, a package or container  containing  a firearm and ammunition without written notice to the carrier that such firearm and ammunition was being transported and shipped, in violation  of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 922/) and 924(a)(l)(D); and (B) knowingly and fraudulently  export, attempt to export, and send from the United States to a place outside the United States, that is, the Cayman Islands, merchandise, articles, and objects, that is, firearms and ammunition, contrary to the laws and regulations of the United States, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 554; and knowingly conceal and facilitate the concealment and transportation of a firearm and ammunition, prior to exportation, knowing the same to be intended for exportation contrary to any law or regulation of the United States, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 554, all in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 371 as charged in Count  l of the Indictment.

 

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