Top members of the Cuban militant group Alpha 66 have told the Miami Herald that a Cuban exile arrested in California with a huge cache of weapons is not a member of their group. Robert Ferro, 61, was arrested after authorities raided his home in Southern California last week. Investigators reportedly found more than 1,000 weapons in the home, including assault rifles, machine guns and live grenades, and they believe Ferro was running a black market ring.
An affidavit filed in U.S. District Court by agents from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms says Ferro told investigators he was a member of Alpha 66, ”a militant group who collectively desire to overthrow Fidel Castro and liberate the country of Cuba,” but leaders of the group deny it. ”He is not a member of Alpha 66, nor does Alpha 66 have any knowledge of who this person is,” Ernesto Diaz, the group’s leader, told the paper.