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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Nuclear Arms Cited in U.S. Arrests

MIAMI -- U.S. Customs agents in Miami have arrested two suspected Russian mobsters on charges related to the sale of nuclear and other weapons, customs spokesman Michael Sheehan said Monday.


Sheehan said customs officers had been negotiating with the suspects since 1995 and that the charges involved nuclear weapons, surface-to-air missiles and shoulder-launched missiles.


The two suspects were to appear before a federal magistrate in Miami on Monday. No other details were immediately available.


Law enforcement officials say the Russian mafia -- known as "Redfellas" to crime fighters -- is the latest wave of mobsters to hit Miami's crime scene.


In one spectacular case now awaiting trial, an alleged Russian mobster was indicted earlier this year on suspicion of trying to broker the purchase of a submarine from a Russian naval base for cocaine cartels to use in drug-smuggling operations into the United States.


It was not immediately clear whether the two cases were related in any way.