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Miami Springs veterinarian charged with two felony counts

Miami Springs police officer Gary Fetters escorts veterinarian Ruben Antonio Nacio to a patrol car after he was arrested for criminal mischief and allegedly possessing cocaine.
Miami Springs police officer Gary Fetters escorts veterinarian Ruben Antonio Nacio to a patrol car after he was arrested for criminal mischief and allegedly possessing cocaine. Gazette Photo

Miami Springs Police jailed local veterinarian Ruben Antonio Nacio last week after he was charged with criminal mischief over $1,000 and cocaine possession.

Nacio, 62, of Coral Gables, is the owner of Miami International Animal Hospital at 9 Westward Drive. According to police, Officer Jorge Irizarry took a Monday report in regards to a car being keyed and sprayed with WD-40 behind the Animal Hospital.

The damaged vehicle belonged to an employee of Big Tomato and he told police that a delivery man saw a man spraying liquid on the car and identified him as the owner of the animal clinic.

Officer Irizarry went to the clinic, knocked and identified himself as a police officer. The officer reported that Nacio came to the door but wouldn’t open it and began yelling through a small window about people parking behind his business and police doing nothing about it. Since Nacio appeared extremely agitated and refused to open the door, police backed off and turned the matter over to the detective bureau.

Police returned Tuesday to the animal clinic, arrested Nacio and he was taken to a small cell in the investigation department. When Detective Ray Tamargo went into the sparse room to question Nacio, the veterinarian said, “There’s a baggie of powder on the floor that was here when I was brought in.” Tamargo said the bag wasn’t there because he checked the room as a routine procedure. The baggie contained cocaine.

Tamargo said Nacio gave a written four-page confession to using a razor blade to scratch the car and spraying it with WD-40. However, Nacio denied possessing the cocaine. Since damage to the 2010 Dodge Challenger was estimated at $3,000, the charge became a felony.

When Nacio was taken to TGK Correctional Institute, he became agitated and claimed to be having a heart attack. Miami-Dade Rescue responded and took Nacio to Hialeah Hospital, where a doctor confirmed that Nacio had suffered a mild heart attack.

Under normal circumstances, Nacio would have been transferred to Ward D of Jackson Hospital, a secure section reserved for sick or injured people in custody. However, Ward D was being renovated and out of commission.

Since Nacio had been arrested, he was the responsibility of the Miami Springs Police and a MSPD officer had to be with the prisoner 24/7 at the hospital until he was well enough to be accepted by TGK.

On Wednesday afternoon, Nacio was released from the hospital and taken back to MSPD before being taken to TGK.

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