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Plea Hearing For Suspected Gold Heist Mastermind

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MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) - An Opa-locka man who reportedly masterminded a gold heist in North Carolina is scheduled to appear at a plea hearing in Miami federal court on Thursday.

Adalberto Perez, 46, is robbery and firearms charges in the 2015 theft.

The FBI says Perez used a GPS device to track the tractor-trailer and released pepper spray by remote control to sicken the driver and a passenger before the robbery in Wilson County, North Carolina. No one was injured.

The 275-pound load of gold was heading from Miami to Massachusetts when three armed thieves intercepted it, bound the hands of the two people in the truck and fled in a van.

Perez was arrested at his home almost exactly a year after the March 2015 robbery. His two alleged accomplices remain at large.

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