Antonio "Tony" Intriago is the owner of Miami-based CTU Security. He seems to have taken advantage of the opportunity and hired more than 20 Colombian soldiers for the mission. Intriago's company is now being investigated for its involvement in the assassination attempt on Haitian President Jovenel Moise.
Leon Charles, the head of Haiti's National Police, charged Intriago with traveling to Haiti multiple times in the assassination plot. He also accused Intriago, of signing a contract while there. However, he did not provide any other details or evidence.
Charles stated, "The investigation has advanced."
According to a Miami security professional, Intriago was too eager for the job and didn't push to learn the details. This left his contractors in the dust. Their Colombian relatives claim that the men knew the mission was to protect VIPs.
Colombia's National Police Chief Gen. Jorge Luis Vargas told reporters in Bogota that three Colombians were murdered and that 18 others are in prison in Haiti. Colombian diplomats in Haiti are not allowed to see them.
Vargas claims that CTU Security used their company credit card to purchase 19 flights from Bogota and Santo Domingo to transport the Colombian suspects involved in the murder. Duberney Capador was one of the Colombians killed and photographed wearing a CTU Security black polo shirt.
Nelson Romero Velasquez is an ex-soldier who is also an attorney and is helping 16 families with the Colombians being held in Haiti. He said Wednesday that all the men had served in the elite special forces of Colombia and could still operate without detection if they wanted. He stated that their actions showed they were not going to Haiti to assassinate President Obama.
Romero Velasquez stated that "they have the ability be like shadows."
Predawn attacks took place at the presidential residence. His wife was also wounded. It is not known who pulled the trigger. A former senator from Haiti, a fired official of the government and an informant for U.S. government were the latest suspects in the extensive investigation.
The probe has now turned its attention to Miami. Since its inception, Miami has been a center of intrigue. It was a CIA recruitment centre for the failed Bay of Pigs operation against Cuban dictator Fidel Castro. The city also served as a key shipping point for Colombian cocaine during the 1980s. People from Latin America and the Caribbean have used its palm-fringed beaches as a refuge when they were unable to return home.
Homeland Security Investigations is a U.S. government agency that investigates crimes that cross international borders. A Department of Homeland Security official said the investigation is being conducted by them. He spoke under condition of anonymity as he wasn't authorized to discuss the case. He declined to give details.
According to the FBI, it provides "investigative assistance" for Haitian authorities.
Intriago, an immigrant from Venezuela, participated in activities in Miami against the leftist regime in Venezuela a decade ago. He did not respond to multiple requests for interviews.
He enjoys being around powerful people, and has posted photos to social media of himself with them, including the Colombian President Ivan Duque.
Duque's office disclaimed any knowledge of Intriago on Monday. Duque was in Miami during his campaign for the presidency in Feb 2018. Duque posed with some of the people in attendance for photos, but he did not have any meetings or ties to Intriago.
Florida state records indicate that Intriago has changed its name in the last dozen years. CTU Security to CS Security Solutions for Counter Terrorist Unit Federal Academy LLC.
CTU lists two Miami addresses in its website. The first is a warehouse that has been closed and no signage. One is a small office space with a different name. The receptionist stated that the CTU owner comes by once per week to collect mail.
According to the company's website, it provides "first-class personalized products & services to law enforcement and military unit as well as industrial customers."
It avoided paying wholesalers for their products. According to Florida records, Intriago was ordered by a judge to pay $64,791 to RSR Group in 2018. This company supplies weapons and tactical gear. Propper, a manufacturer of military apparel, was also sued for nonpayment.
Alexis Ortiz was a writer who organized meetings for Venezuelan expatriates in the United States. He described him as a "very skilled collaborator."
Ortiz stated, "He seemed nice."
Richard Noriega, International Security Consulting, Miami said that he doesn't know Intriago personally, but has been watching the situation. Noriega, who hails from Venezuela, believes Intriago was lured to fast money and didn't do due diligence.
Noriega put himself in Intriago’s shoes and said, "I'm coming from a complicated situation -- work, income, money." There is an opportunity. It's not something I want to lose."
A security company will normally request all details about an operation to determine the number of people and insurance coverage they need. He stated that planning an escape route would be a priority in the event of an emergency.
"The evacuation is something that security professionals must consider first. Where will they go? Noriega stated, "That's the first thing that I do."
However, it seems that this planning did not take place, possibly because the Colombians or at least some of their mission was benign.
It doesn't seem logical to him that the highly-trained Colombians would have been there to kill the president. They were instead caught by police and the local population, with some hiding in the bushes.
Noriega stated, "It's very murky."