FBI Busts Aerospace Employee Attempting To Sell DEA Intelligence To Mexican Cartels

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Newly released documents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation reveal that a disgruntled satellite expert allegedly stole highly sensitive tracking information for planes, helicopters, and boats used by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) that he attempted to sell to Mexican drug cartels, The Daily Mail reported on Monday.

Senior project management specialist Robert Miller, 45, was fired from Honeywell Aerospace in February this year and supposedly wanted to “screw over the company” because he was “pissed that he didn’t get a raise.” The company deactivated Miller’s access to their systems at the time of his termination but were unaware that he created a secret login into its system in case such an event took place. Miller’s plan was to sell secret access codes for the company’s high-tech location-tracking system — the Satellite Tracking System (STS) — on the black market for $2 million, court documents show.

Miller’s alleged plan took an unexpected turn when the FBI launched an investigation after a man calling himself “John Patriot” tipped off the company in late July that he discovered Miller was planning to sell the STS logins on the black market.

Posing as members of a “well-funded” Mexican drug cartel, FBI agents met with Miller at a resort in Scottsdale, Arizona, where he demonstrated his ability to login into the company’s STS system and showed agents how to locate vehicles and aircraft used by the DEA. The undercover agents arrested Miller after the meeting without incident.

FBI Special Agent Steven Garbett said in court documents that Miller then claimed in an interview with investigators that his intentions were innocent.

“Miller claimed that his intention in meeting with the individuals whom he thought represented the Mexican cartel was to gather and share information with law enforcement,” Garbett wrote. “Miller stated that he had researched how to become a DEA informant and was planned to talk to a DEA agent friend of Miller’s brother.”

Miller now faces two counts of computer fraud.

Ryan Saavedra