JORGE FOCH is
President of The Gables Group and a graduate of the Rio Hondo Police
Academy in Whittier, California.
A substantial portion of his work has been
devoted to surveillance, fraud investigation, and intelligence operations. He has served as an intelligence consultant in
classified federal investigations and has lectured at the FBI Academy in
Quantico, Virginia. Mr. Foch has also lectured on surveillance techniques and issues
to the California Narcotic Officer’s Association. He was the
Executive Producer of Physical Surveillance, an instructional training
video for public and private law enforcement (1998). He has represented
insurance industry clients and telecommunications firms in complex
domestic and international fraud investigations.and was a member of the Southeastern U.S. Regional Fraud Task Force of the
Cellular Communications Industry Association.
Foch has, at the request of host U.S. government agencies, presented
specialized briefings on anti-piracy strategies to foreign
officials visiting the United States.
Mr. Foch has presented reports on “The Role of
Organized Crime in International Piracy” and “Investigative
Procedures for Uncovering Underground CD Factories” to the annual
convention of the International Federation of the Phonographic
Industry. His presentation on organized crime was recognized as
best of the convention. On April 7th, 2001, Mr. Foch’s
presentation (to a conference of over 200 prosecutors from Mexico and
Central America) of “Securing Evidence for Organized Crime
Prosecutions, A Case Study” was honored by special mention of the
Attorney General of Mexico.
Mr. Foch has designed policies and procedures, and initiated tactical
operations, to combat the growth of large scale counterfeiting in Latin
America. In the first “high visibility”
enforcement action resulting from this multi-national effort, a
Paraguayan police and military raid team, acting upon intelligence
information generated through an industry/government partnership, swept
into a state of the art Compact Disc production facility in Ciudad del
Este, Paraguay. The now shuttered pirate factory had been producing
over 50,000 Compact Discs per day; all disc manufacturing equipment was
subsequently destroyed pursuant to court order, underscoring
the resolve of the Paraguayan government to work with the
international community in responding to offenses committed on their
seminars held in Asuncion, Buenos Aires, Lima, Mexico City, Quito and
Sao Paolo, Mr. Foch has taught intelligence gathering and
organizational development techniques to government ministers,
high-ranking police officials and industry operatives.
addition to his work in the counter-piracy field, Mr. Foch’s
asset protection experience also includes the planning, and on location
implementation, of international counter-kidnapping operations. Amongst
his portfolio of successful field operations was an on-site
and counter-kidnapping techniques field course (utilizing state of the
surveillance equipment) presented to troops stationed on the frontlines
Mr. Foch, a California Department of
Justice Police Firearms and Special Weapons Training graduate, as well
as an NRA Law Enforcement Firearms Instructor, also consults with
domestic and international clients seeking assistance in executive
protection, intelligence gathering and risk mitigation, and firearms
RAOUL G. CANTERO, JR. (1935-2004), was a founding member of the firm and
a pillar of the Miami, Florida community. A graduate of the
University Jose Marti, Havana, Cuba, he received his J.D. from the University of
Holguin, Oriente, Cuba in 1957. Highly trained by
instructors from several well respected U.S. agencies, Mr. Cantero served as an
intelligence officer for the Bureau for the Repression of Communist Activities.
Forced into exile by the Castro takeover on January 1, 1959, Mr. Cantero settled
in Miami, where he raised a family, developed successful business and community
contacts, and worked as a contract consultant with federal agencies.
broad-based consultative practice included extensive research and
investigations in Mexico, Colombia, Venezuela and Curacao.
In January 1981,
Mr. Cantero fought off a vicious attack after surprising a burglar in his Miami
area home. Later that year, he committed his efforts to improving public safety
for all members of the community by becoming a Director of the Greater Miami
Crime Commission. He was instrumental in establishing the renowned “Crime
Stoppers” program in Miami in 1981, and chaired the Crime Stoppers committee in
1982. Mr. Cantero culminated his service to the Crime Commission by serving as
its Chairman in 1985.
served as the South Florida coordinator for Massad Ayoob’s Lethal Force
Institute (LFI), the nation’s premier instructional forum for training in the
judicious use of force (law enforcement officers nationwide have often credited
specific LFI training in recounting how they survived deadly force attacks). Mr.
Cantero’s instructional skills continually received excellent reviews from
members of the legal, business, and law enforcement communities.
An NRA Law
Enforcement Firearms Instructor, he also provided in-service training in the use
of the police shotgun to municipal police officers in his community. As a
graduate of many comprehensive development courses,he facilitated the provision
of cutting edge training to officers and students in the South Florida
In early 1999, Mr.
Cantero was presented with a “Certificate of Appreciation” by Vincent Mazzilli,
Special Agent in Charge of the D.E.A.’s Miami Field Division, in recognition of
his several contributions to the agency’s interdiction efforts.
Cantero's dedication to family, educaton, and the American way, on October 4th,
2002, Mr. Cantero's eldest son, a nationally respected appellate lawyer (not
affiliated with the firm) was invested as the 80th Justice of the Florida
FABRICE CZARNECKI, M.D., M.A, M.P.H., a
full-time emergency physician, is the Director of Medical-Legal
Research with The Gables Group, Inc . He is the Chairman of the Police
Physicians Section of the International Association of Chiefs of
Police, and the Vice-Chair of the Public Safety Medicine Section of the
American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. He
co-authored the August 2003 issue of the "Clinics in Occupational and
Environmental Medicine" dedicated to law enforcement worker health. He
is a member of the American College of Occupational and Environmental
Medicine Task Group writing the Medical Guidance for Law Enforcement
Dr. Czarnecki has extensive research and training
experience in law enforcement use of force and defensive tactics. He is
a certified instructor in police defensive tactics and in the use of
deadly force. Dr. Czarnecki served as a trainer and a consultant for
several local and federal law enforcement agencies and the US Marine
Corps. His current research areas include: Cognitive aspects of the use
of deadly force and performance under stress; in-custody death, excited
delirium and non-lethal police weapons, including electronic control
weapons; occupational health in law enforcement; and tactical medicine.
E. MANDELBAUM's practice has been devoted to complex white-collar losses and/or frauds,
and to efforts to assist in the restoration of order in the
community’s public places. He has been invited to lecture in
areas of his expertise to federal civil and criminal investigators, as
well as government and private attorneys. Mr. Mandelbaum’s
investigations in the financial field have led to the discovery of
complex negligence and fraud charges overlooked by
previously retained “experts”.
Through humint sources, he discovered and initiated the successful multi-year
criminal investigation of an extensive multi-district, mail and wire fraud that
had defrauded banks, federal agencies, and wealthy individuals of
several million dollars. His investigatiion, pursuant to a derivative trader's complaint, led to
the filing and subsequent successful settlement of a complaint charging
several multi-national firms with violations of the Commodity Exchange
Act, the Sherman Antitrust Act, and the Racketeer Influenced and
Corrupt Organizations Act. In 2006-2007, Mr. Mandelbaum led a
cross-border effort to quickly shut a particularly
sophisticated "boiler room" operation that had impersonated
legitimate oil trading firms. This operation, based in southeast Asia,
had utilized extremely "professional looking websites", and had taken
advantage of lax and/or slow moving regulatory responses and
jurisdictional turf wars to fleece international investors out of more
than $50 million dollars.
the request of public officials and community leaders, Mr. Mandelbaum
has also investigated and cleared several complex cases involving
violent threats to, and attacks upon, community leaders who have been
victimized as a result of their willingness to stand up to career
criminals preying upon their neighborhood. He has been associated
for the past eighteen years with one of the nation’s foremost training
facilities in the judicious use of force, and has been cited as an
"expert" (in an internationally distributed annual firearms review) by the nation's preeminent law enforcement/ civilian
Mr. Mandelbaum has served as co-instructor for LFI’s Stressfire
seminars, and as a segment presenter and firing line tactical
instructor for LFI’s beginning and intermediate judicious use of
force classes. He has received excellent reviews for his verbal and
tactical presentations from members of the bar and the judiciary,
corporate and civilian attendees, and law enforcement officers. Mr.
Mandelbaum holds a Law Enforcement Firearms Instructor Certification from the
National Rifle Association (NRA Police Firearm’s Instructor
School, 1994), Stressfire Instructor's Certification from LFI (1997),
and a Use of Deadly Force Instructor’s Certification from LFI (1998).
force training includes Instructor
Certifications from Modern Warrior Police Defensive Tactics Institute
in: Basic Police Defensive Tactics; Groundfighting; Tactical Jaw and
Limb Control; and Firearms Alternative Survival Tactics. He also has
completed Modern Warrior’s Multiple Assailant Confrontations
Basic Course, O.C.A.T.'s O.C. (defensive sprays) Instructor
course, the Monadnock PR-24 Training Council’s Police Defensive
Tactics Instructor’s Certification program, CASCO’s
Expandable Baton Instructor Certification Course, and Chapman
Academy’s 1995 Special Handgun and Shotgun Intensive Training
Program for LFI graduates and instructors.
Circuit Court for the Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida has
recognized Mr. Mandelbaum's knowledge of law enforcement use-of-force -
with specific emphasis on the deployment and reasonable use of
oleoresin capsicum (pepper spray) and the quality and veracity of his
testimony on behalf of the State of Florida. In addition to the
aforementioned recognition, he was cited in the same matter for
his quick response and tactical skill in rescuing a fifteen-year
veteran police officer from a hostile crowd, after multiple assailants
attacked the officer.
Mr. Mandelbaum frequently provides pro bono assistance to law
enforcement officers and agencies seeking specialized support and
Mr. Mandelbaum’s pro bono and reduced fee consulting services
within a well known resort city have been cited approvingly by elected
officials and community leaders.
During the pendency of a high profile trial of four unjustly accused New York City police officers,
Mr. Mandelbaum was asked to provide assistance for the defense of one
of the officers in the internationally covered use-of- force
incident. Shortly before the trial began, he was credited with
discovering highly probative information that severely discredited the
background of a “hired” prosecution expert witness, who
subsequently did not testify.
Mandelbaum is a member of the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers
Association, and the International Association of Counterterrorism and
served in a broad range of policy-making, investigative management and
security roles within the Federal Bureau of Investigation over a
twenty-three year period, retiring in 1997 as the Assistant Special
Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Miami Field Office.
Mr. Sanchez’s federal law enforcement service included a
consistent record of success as a leader, manager, instructor and
investigator within the FBI, as Legal Attaché at the US Embassy
in Madrid, Spain, and as an executive liaison between US law
enforcement and officials of foreign governments, their police agencies
and their armed forces.
international positions of responsibility included extensive experience
in Central and South America, Mexico and the Caribbean. While serving
as a Drug/ Organized Crime Supervisory Special Agent in the Los Angeles
Field Office, Mr. Sanchez led major investigations of Mexican and
Colombian Drug Cartels that resulted in the convictions of more than
230 drug traffickers, and the seizure of over seven million dollars of
As Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Miami Field Office, he
recommended and established the first solely Extra-Territorial Squad in
the critical incident, crime and terrorist arenas for Central and South
America, Mexico and the Caribbean. Mr. Sanchez was responsible for the
direction of investigative activities involving crimes against US
citizens and properties throughout this geographical area. In this
role, he developed a specialized investigative group of 110 Spanish
speaking agents who possessed specialized investigative, technical,
laboratory and crime scene experience, Also attached to this selective
group were pilots, computer programmers and photographers. This team
was deployed three dozen times over a two-year period to address
kidnappings, bombings, homicides, plane crashes, and threats to persons
and or properties in many Latin American countries.
retiring from federal service, Mr. Sanchez has successfully provided
threat assessment and mitigation services (including negotiating the
release of kidnap victims) to multi-national firms operating in
high-risk South American jurisdictions.
M. WOODARD ,
a graduate of the Southeast Florida Institute of Criminal Justice,
retired after twenty-two years of service with the North Miami Police
Department. He served in the Patrol Division, Detective Division, as
well as in the Crime Suppression and Robbery Suppression Units (plain
clothes and undercover positions). Prior to joining the North Miami
Police Department, Mr. Woodard had previously served in the United States Air Force,
and as a Nuclear Security Officer.
Mr. Woodard served for many years as Senior Instructor, State of Florida,
for the Lethal Force Institute, the nation’s premier
instructional forum for training in the judicious use of force.
Personally trained by Massad Ayoob, LFI’s founder, Mr. Woodard
has completed LFI’s Emergency Rifle Management Course, as well as
LFI’s Level 1, 2 and 3 (Use of Force and Advanced Threat
Management) courses (1991-1993).
Mr. Woodard graduated from Phase One through Phase Four of the
Miami Police Department’s Officer Survival School, and the
Metro-Dade Police Department’s Survival Shooting School. At the
Southeast Florida Institute for Criminal Justice, Mr. Woodard
successfully completed a Police Operations and Leadership training
program, as well as the Florida Criminal Justice Standards and Training
Commission Instructor Certification Course.
Woodard’s continuing education portfolio also includes training
with several of the nation’s most recognized use-of-force
instructors. He was certified, in 1992, as an MP-5 operator by the
H&K International Training Division (Phil Singleton, lead
instructor). In 1993, he completed API 250 (under Gunsite founder Col.
Jeff Cooper), where extensive presentation, multiple target, low light,
and live-fire building clearing drills highlighted the program. He is a
1995 graduate of Chapman Academy’s Special Handgun and Shotgun
Intensive Training, which provided strong emphasis on enhanced shooting
methods (including firing from moving vehicles, man-against-man drills,
moving targets, shooting on the move, night firing and dynamic entry).
In 1995, Mr. Woodard, retained by veteran trial attorney Edward
O’Donnell, led a forensic analysis of the shooting of a burglar
by a respected Miami area businessman (who had been charged, by
prosecutor's information, with 2nd degree murder). His team’s
work enabled defense counsel to work alongside the State
Attorney’s office to present their case (featured on ABC’s
“20/20”) to a Dade County Grand Jury, which, thereafter,
refused to return a true bill. In addition to training, teaching, and
consulting, Mr. Woodard continues to assertively “practice what
he preaches” - the awareness and preparedness that are the
foremost basics of the LFI doctrine. On December 22, 1999, Mr. Woodard
was recognized as the North Miami Police Department’s officer of
the month for November 1999, after identifying and arresting three
armed robbery suspects. Earlier in the year, Mr. Woodard was similarly
honored for detecting an apartment house fire, and rushing through
thick smoke to successfully evacuate immobile residents. As a result of
the aforementioned acts, on January 26, 2000, the North Miami Police
Department honored Mr. Woodard as its Officer of the Year for 1999.
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