Bail was set Monday at $500,000 each for two men charged with being part of a San Diego-based smuggling ring that allegedly stole parts for F-14 jet fighters from the U.S. Navy for illegal shipment to Iran.
U.S. Magistrate Roger McKee set the bail in San Diego for Antonio Rodriguez, 38, and Primitivo Cayabyab, 36, and ordered the men to check in with court officers Monday through Friday after they are released. Prosecutors said the men will not be released immediately because there will be another court hearing to question their friends and relatives who are pledging property to secure the bail.
Bail had already been set for a third suspect in the case. Pedro Quito, 60, a civilian warehouse employee at the North Island Naval Air Station, was released last week on $500,000 bail.
Bail was set for Cayabyab, former storekeeper on the aircraft carrier Kitty Hawk, and Rodriguez, former storekeeper on the amphibious assault ship Belleau Wood, as the result of the 9th District Court of Appeals decision Sept. 19 upholding a ruling by U.S. District Judge Leland Nielsen that the men could no longer be held without setting bail.