PHOENIX, Arizona- An American disgruntled tech employee was arrested by FBI due to his attempt to sell satellite tracking technology to Mexican drug cartels that will enable them to track law enforcement aircraft and boats in order to avoid detection, according to investigators.
Federal agents allegedly posed as cartel buyers and had a meeting with Robert Jeremy Miller, a former employee with Honeywell who had access to satellite tracking technology, and thus they arrested him on federal fraud charges, according to court records provided by Breitbart Texas.
The case started on July 23 when Honeywell got a tip that the man who tried to sell the company’s technology on the black market had a “level one“security clearance and ability to create logins to Honeywell’s tracking technology, and that later identified as Miller. Court records revealed that Miller was upset about not receiving raise from the company and that was terminated earlier this year.
The government, military and private entities such as the U.S .Drug Enforcement Administration, is using this satellite tracking system that Honeywell created. The satellite system enables Mexican cartels to track law enforcement aircraft and surveillance equipment.
The tipster who was later identified as Brandon Harris, allegedly tried to extort a cash payment from Honeywell in exchange for not revealing to the media that the system of the company had been compromised. After he met with the FBI agents, he introduced agents who posed as cartel members to Miller. The agent had a meeting with Miler in early August and requested a demonstration of the tracking capabilities live. The authorities arrested Miller when he accessed the system and showed it to the agent. Then Miller reportedly told authorities that he was trying to collect
information so he can become a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration informant.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Michelle Burns ordered that Miller be held without bond pending a detention hearing at a later date.
Robert Arce is a retired Phoenix Police detective with extensive experience working Mexican organized crime and street gangs. Arce has worked in the Balkans, Iraq, Haiti, and recently completed a three-year assignment in Monterrey, Mexico, working out of the Consulate for the United States Department of State, International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Program, where he was the Regional Program Manager for Northeast Mexico (Coahuila, Tamaulipas, Nuevo Leon, Durango, San Luis Potosi, Zacatecas.)