A 39 year old Fort Lauderdale resident who was accused of forcefully robbing drivers delivering tobacco products has been ordered to remain in custody. Denorio Humes who is currently awaiting trial has been refused a bond by the federal magistrate judge and will remain in jail till the conclusion of the trial.
Denario and members of his team operated between the period of April 2020 to March 2021, by robbing truck drivers who had stopped at gas stations in a number of counties including: Miami-Dade, Broward and Collier counties, in the process, it is alleged that the robbery team assaulted the drivers and threatened others. The suspect was charged with two counts of conspiring to commit and committing a Hobbs Act robbery; If Denario Humes is found guilty, he may end up being sentenced to face up to 40 years in prison.
The case was investigated and the suspect apprehended through the joint effort of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Miami, the Miami-Dade county police department, the Collier county sheriff, the Broward county sheriff, and the Doral city police department. The collaboration is made possible due to the Project Safe Neighbourhood, an initiative that brings together the different levels of law enforcement agents and engages the community in ensuring a safe neighborhood for residents. The scheme is targeted at drastically reducing violent crimes in the community. Similarly, the case is also a result of the collaborative efforts of an inter-agency collaboration in Miami-Dade county under the tag Operation Summer Heat Initiative which utilizes surveillance to curb crime.