potentially dangerous breach in Florida’s Port Everglades security
was closed March 23 with the arrests of the president and two employees
of Port Services International Inc., a contractor charged with hiring
security officers who had provided bogus state licenses.
President Edward Ebmeier, 57, of Parkland, FL; supervisor Almeida
Cetoute, 50, of North Miami; and employee Fritz Victor, 38, of Miami
were arrested Sunday morning, charged with knowingly using unlicensed
guards at the port to provide security screening services for cruise
ships, the Florida Sun-Sentinel reported.
unidentified PSI employees also were detained for immigration violations.
said during the investigation, Cetoute, PSI's operations manager,
offered an informant and an undercover federal officer fake documents
costing $350 that indicated they had completed state-mandated security
guard training. She also allegedly provided the men with false certificates
of firearms proficiency.
said 203 PSI employees were being temporarily replaced by federal
agents from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, customs and
the Coast Guard.
Broward County Sheriff Ken Jenne said most PSI guards “appear to
be qualified for their jobs.”