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The Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office is dedicated to providing accurate information to the public and media. If you are a member of the working media and would like an interview with the State Attorney, or you need information on a case, would like to talk to a specific assistant state attorney or are looking for an expert in a certain area of prosecution, please contact our public information officers Ed Griffith, Terry Chavez or Lissette Valdes-Valle.

ED GRIFFITH Public Information Officer PHONE: 305-547-0535

LISSETTE VALDES-VALLE Hispanic Media Relations Public Information Officer PHONE: 305-547-0535

TERRY CHAVEZ Hispanic Media Relations Public Information Officer PHONE: 305-547-0535

Below you'll find recent news releases issued by this office.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Couple Arrested in Illegal Slaughterhouse Case

As a result of a joint investigation by the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office, the Miami-Dade Police Department, undercover investigators from the Animal Recovery Mission (ARM) group and officers from the Florida Wildlife Commission, 45 year old Angel Ricardo Vargas and 41 year old Mayelin Rodriguez were arrested and charged with felonies relating to operation of an illegal slaughterhouse at their residence at 19400 SW 136th Street, Miami-Dade County.

During an undercover investigation commencing on May 1, 2015 and ending today, undercover operatives visited the site on four (4) different occasions, often filming the acts of animal cruelty which entailed the repeated stabbing, hooking, dragging and boiling alive of animals intended to be sold to the purchasers who visited the residence.    These animal slaughter activities were occurring in a residential area of Miami-Dade County and were not permitted to occur by existing zoning and health laws. 

Angel Ricardo Vargas has immediately been charged with:
4 counts          Cruelty to Animals                                                          3rd  Degree Felony
1 count          Conspiracy to Commit Cruelty to Animals                     3rd  Degree Felony

Mayelin Rodriguez has immediately been charged with:
1 count            Cruelty to Animals                                                          3rd  Degree Felony
1 count          Conspiracy to Commit Cruelty to Animals                     3rd  Degree Felony

The on-site investigation has led to a variety of additional findings which may include the directing of potentially unhealthy meat into the food chain.  The discovery of industrial ovens at the site (photos attached in following email messages) and the filthy conditions have raised serious concerns which will need further investigation. 
“Anyone involved in the food industry knows that there are easily performed, painless ways to slaughter livestock for food. At these illegal slaughterhouses, it seem to be too much trouble to render the animals senseless”, commented State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle.  “Instead of following Florida’s Laws, Angel Ricardo Vargas, and his wife, Mayelin Rodriguez turned a part of their home into an animal house of horrors.   I applaud the partnership which allows my prosecutors, the Miami-Dade Police Department and the Animal Recovery Mission to effectively shut down such ghastly operations.  Now we need to know if the meat from this site has been entering our local food chain.  That state and federal investigation is now ongoing.” 

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Officer Karel Rosario Pleads Guilty in Search Warrant Jewel Theft


Suspended Miami Dade Police Department Detective Karel Rosario pled guilty today before Judge Teresa Pooler to the charge of Dealing in Stolen Property.  This charge arose from Rosario’s actions during the execution of a May 20, 2015 Federal search warrant at the residence of Mrs. Yulia Martinez which resulted in her being taken into custody.  It was during this incident that Detective Rosario took some very distinctive and expensive jewelry from the Martinez residence.

On May 27, 2015, Rosario was captured on video at the Seybold Jewelry Building meeting with a jeweler in an effort to sell a Cartier watch and Cartier style “Nail” bracelet. The uniqueness of the jewelry played a key role in Detective Rosario’s subsequent investigation by the Miami Dade State Attorney’s Office and the Miami-Dade Police Department and Rosario’s later arrest. Today’s plea to the court shows the effectiveness of the investigation and the strength of the criminal case.  

“Every police department depends on the integrity and professionalism of its officers,” said State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle. “Detective Rosario sold out his integrity the minute he picked up that jewelry.  He has let down the good people of Miami-Dade County and every professional police officer who risks death each day to uphold our laws.”