By Kevin Deutsch
A Broward County man faces federal charges after he sought to hire a Coral Springs resident and business owner to carry out a contract killing, federal authorities said.
Ryan Hadeed, 43, of Pembroke Pines, wanted to pay for the murder of his former girlfriend’s new love interest, according to federal prosecutors. So he allegedly sent the would-be hitman a letter that said: “I need someone eliminated. I’ve been told you can arrange that. $10,000, all in cash and upfront. Person located in Tampa.”
But Hadeed had a problem: the intended hitman was actually working with law enforcement, and authorities soon learned of the plan.
The would-be contract killer told Coral Springs Talk he was just trying to do the right thing.
In that first September 2021 letter, plus two subsequent mailings, Hadeed instructed the intended hitman to signal acceptance of the murder-for-hire offer by posting marked sheets of paper on his Coral Springs storefront window, among other signs, according to a Department of Justice press release.
On Nov. 10, the intended hitman received a final mailing from Hadeed that included a description and pictures of the man Hadeed wanted killed, the victim’s home address and likely travel schedule, as well as a deadline for the murder, according to prosecutors.
Also inside the envelope was $10,000 cash, prosecutors said.
During a secondary customs inspection of Hadeed when he returned from his international trip, additional evidence of the crime was uncovered, according to an arrest affidavit.
Hadeed was arrested on Dec. 22.
The intended victim is romantically involved with Hadeed’s former girlfriend and is still alive.
A pretrial detention hearing for Hadeed is scheduled for Dec. 29.
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- Kevin Deutsch is an award-winning crime journalist and author. A graduate of Florida International University, Kevin has worked on staff at The Miami Herald, New York Daily News, and The Palm Beach Post.
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