FDLE arrests inmate for terrorism


For Immediate Release                                      

July 12, 2019


MILTON, Fla. – FDLE agents arrested Norberto Iglesias, 53, on charges of terrorism; threat to throw, project, place or discharge any destructive device; and written threats to kill, do bodily injury or conduct a mass shooting or act of terrorism.   Iglesias is an inmate at Blackwater Correctional Facility serving a 15-year sentence for grand theft and fraud.


The investigation began in April after FDLE received information that Iglesias wrote threatening letters claiming to have information about weapons and explosives throughout Florida.  Iglesias threatened that “blood will run” and that people will die as they did during the 9/11 terrorist attacks.  He also wrote that Miami will be a “river of blood” as a result of a terrorist war.


During an interview with investigators, Iglesias refused to provide details unless he and another unnamed inmate could serve their prison sentences on house arrest or at a hotel in Miami.  Agents say Iglesias fabricated the threats to get out of prison early.


Agents served an arrest warrant on April 29, 2019 for Iglesias at Blackwater Correctional Facility and he was arraigned yesterday in Santa Rosa County.  This case will be prosecuted by the Office of the State Attorney, 1st Judicial Circuit.  


For Further Information Contact: 
Gretl Plessinger, Jessica Cary or Jeremy Burns
FDLE Office of Public Information
(850) 410-7001


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