On June 19, 2018, Hendry County Sheriff Steve Whidden received, from the court, a Writ of Possession Instanter ordering Sheriff Whidden to seize all of the property named in the writ and turn it over to the new owner and remove any persons on the property known as Altair Training Solutions, a regional training facility with an address of 31101 Nafi Dr., Immokalee. This training facility is the former site of Hendry Correctional Institute.
Due to the size of the facility and the type of training being conducted there, Sheriff Whidden felt that the safest way to do this was to organize an operation and enact the Mutual Aid Agreement, per statute. Lee County Sheriff’s Office, Collier County Sheriff’s Office, SW Florida Regional Bomb Squad, Florida Wildlife Commission, ATF and Homeland Security Investigations assisted Hendry County Sheriff’s Office with personnel and assets. 73 law enforcement officers were briefed on the situation and entered the property securing all buildings. Once that was done, the property was turned over to the new owners.
The lender sued Altair and others in a foreclosure and they were awarded. The property was sold at auction on May 30. As a result of the sale, the writ was issued.
ATF seized several firearms that were in violation and a small amount of explosive ordinance was seized by the bomb squad.
There were no arrests made at this time.