President Jovenel Moise was killed Wednesday in an operation that Haitian authorities say involved at least 28 gente, many of them Colombian mercenaries hired through a Florida-based security company.
Authorities on Monday announced the arrest of a suspect who they say orchestrated the assassination. Christian Emmanuel Sanon, 63 años, entered the country on a private jet in June, Police Chief Leon Charles said at a news conference.
Haitian authorities say that Sanon hired Florida-based CTU Security, which they alleged recruited men initially to provide security for Sanon, though their mission appears to have changed thereafter.
It’s not clear that the men who worked as U.S. law enforcement informants wittingly participated in the assassination plot or were aware of the mission, the people briefed on the matter said.
CNN has not been able to reach Sanon or his representatives for comment since his arrest.
Haitian authorities have provided limited details on the investigation, but the growing number of Florida connections to the plot appear to portray an operation at least partly hatched in the U.S.
That may increase the likelihood that the US Justice Department could bring charges against any U.S. participants in the plot. Haitian authorities have said three U.S. citizens are under arrest for their involvement in the assassination.