U.S. prosecutors say a prominent Cuban exile from Miami allegedly launched a commando raid against Fidel Castro’s government.
Documents say Santiago Alvarez allegedly helped plan and pay for an “armed incursion” in 2001 against the Cuban government.
An informant told the FBI that Alvarez had an arsenal in the Bahamas for future attacks. The Coast Guard later discovered numerous weapons and explosives.
Alvarez and co-defendant Osvaldo Mitat are scheduled to stand trial May eighth in federal court in Fort Lauderdale on weapons charges. The case stems from the discovery of other stashes of military hardware at a Broward County apartment complex Alvarez owned and in a large cooler being transported to Miami from the apartments.
Both have pleaded not guilty and are being held without bail.
Although both are avowed opponents of Castro’s communist government, their attorneys say there is little evidence supporting the government’s new allegations.