Santiago Gonzalez, 49, of
The strange tale started in August when a confidential informant told authorities that Gonzalez had told him that "he had been involved in the robbery and murder of a Hungarian couple in Miami in the 1990s and the subsequent disposal of the bodies."
Agents offered no insight about whether they thought Gonzalez was telling the truth.
The informant, who was not identified in court records, also told
Federal agents arranged for the informant to meet with Gonzalez in August at a
Gonzalez talked about buying an M-4 rifle for future escort jobs and said he "could do more damage" if he "remained invisible and no one knew he was providing security."
The two had another secretly recorded meeting at a
In early September, the informant picked up more than 22 pounds of artificial cocaine left in a vehicle in
In October, Gonzalez was armed and followed while the informant delivered what Gonzalez thought was about 11 pounds of cocaine from
A third collection and delivery went down in December between the
Finally, on Jan. 24, the informant picked up more than 17 pounds of sham cocaine and they delivered it to a hotel in Tamarac. Shortly after, law enforcement pulled Gonzalez over and arrested him. They said he had a 9 mm handgun with several magazines in his truck.
Gonzalez is scheduled to appear in federal court in
Deputy City Manager Susan Grant said city officials found out about his arrest on Friday and "will be taking swift and appropriate action" on his job status this week. He was hired by the city in March 2003.