Former Monroe County Administrator Tom Willi was taken into custody by federal agents Thursday morning on what appear to be weapons-related charges.
Willi and Jarvis Osorio, his partner in the Outbreak Ordnance Gun Shop on County Road on Big Pine Key, were being held in cuffs as agents with the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives searched the shop under a federal warrant.
"Right now they're serving the warrant," said Miami ATF spokeswoman Melissa Davis. "They've been looking into their business practices." She declined to offer specifics, saying more will be available Friday.
Beth Thompson, an agent at Paradise Insurance next door, said the ATF, along with at least one Drug Enforcement Administration agent, was at Outbreak Ordnance before she arrived at work at 9 a.m. ATF had about a dozen agents there.
"I've never see anything suspicious over there. They've always been sweet to me," Thompson said.
Willi and Osorio opened the gun shop in March 2014. Willi said then he holds a federal license that allows him to sell guns and that Outbreak Ordnance holds a version of the same license.
Willi was county administrator for three years until he was fired without cause in December 2007 and received a $282,000 severance package. He then became a real estate agent.