Uber driver charged in heist of 23,000 iPhones walks free

An Uber driver who was billed with taking part inside a daring cargo-truck heist of 23,000 Apple iPhones worth $7 million was acquitted by a Miami federal jury previous week.

Eloy Garcia, who arrived from Cuba in new years, was identified not responsible of conspiring to receive the stolen iPhones and possessing hundreds that he was accused of trying to provide to a confidential FBI informant in the course of the summer of 2016.

7 other Miami-Dade adult males pleaded guilty to carrying out the heist on the iPhones that were shipped to Latin The usa from China via the Miami International Airport. Even so, Garcia, forty three, experienced opted to check out trial.

“He was certainly and totally clueless” regarding the prison exercise, Garcia’s defense lawyer Douglas Williams told the Miami Herald on Wednesday.

According to Williams, his shopper is walking totally free because he was able to exhibit that Garcia was only having orders from a Cuban boyhood close friend who were implicated in the heist and pleaded responsible.

Rasiel Perez, who was sentenced to a year in prison, told the courtroom that Garcia “did everything and everything” he was asked when it came to the iPhones because of their shut friendship. He also testified that his childhood friend experienced no clue the dear items was stolen, the Herald documented.

In accordance to the indictment, a single with the suspects used a pretend ID and a doctored tractor-trailer truck that was made to look similar to a respectable business vehicle to get $6.7 million worth of Apple iPhones from the LAN Cargo large amount on the Miami airport in early April 2016.

The robbers kept the telephones in rental storage units and commenced slowly and gradually selling the telephones. By late May of that year, they’d offered one hundred photographs for $12,500 before buying up the tempo.

They managed to provide 600 cellphones in advance of they were caught in late Oct 2016.

The 8 defendants faced counts of conspiracy to steal items from an interstate or foreign cargo, theft, possession and conspiracy to acquire the stolen goods.

7 on the defendants – Perez, 46; Yoan Perez, 34; Leonel Padron Bello, 36; Emilio Herrera, forty two; Ricardo Gonzalez, 53; Misael Cabrera Ruiz, 38; and Rodolfo Urra, 37 – pleaded responsible to unique costs. They obtained jail sentences ranging from 6 months to much more than three years.

As for Garcia, consequently of his acquittal, he is established to get better about $30,000 that federal agents seized from his residence for the duration of his Oct 2016 arrest.

Williams said the money was from his work and financial savings.