Miami Cigar Shop Sparks Legal Fire With City
By Todd Wright
A cigar shop is looking to smoke the Miami City Commission after owners claim their business was improperly linked to cocaine trafficking during the commission meeting that ended in the firing of Police Chief Miguel Exposito.
Cuban Crafters is taking steps to sue the city over testimony given by Exposito and the former head of internal affairs for Miami Police, Maj. Al Alvarez, during the Sept. 9 meeting that drugs were being sold out of the cigar shop, attorney Thomas Equels said.
"That is an absolute lie," he said. "It's a fabrication that effects my client's business."
Alvarez, who testified at the quasi-judicial meeting, said under oath that undercover cops bought drugs at the shop from a former employee, 50-year-old Lazaro Torne Ramon Alvarino, and that's why cops were told to stop going there.
Alvarino was arrested in October and December on cocaine charges, according to Miami Police arrest reports. Neither arrest occurred at Cuban Crafters, the reports revealed.
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