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08-24-2014 10:43 AM #1
FL State Wire AP: Cuban Smuggling
Lazo led an organization that smuggled Cubans by boat into Mexico, where they were held until ransom payments were made. The cost was typically about $10,000 for each person, although it could be much higher in the case of Cuban baseball stars such as Martin.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Ron Davidson said the migrants who were not sports stars were often crowded together in rooms of 20 or more under armed guard, in prison-like conditions. If the smugglers weren't immediately paid, Davidson said, "the Cuban migrants in Mexico were restrained and beaten while relatives could hear the screams on the phone."
Court documents show that the valuable Cuban baseball stars were treated far better than others involved with the smuggling ring, even though they were watched over by armed guards.
If the money was paid up front, prosecutors say the Cubans were brought directly to the U.S. without incident. Under the U.S. "wet foot, dry foot" policy, Cubans who reach shore generally are allowed to stay in the U.S. while those intercepted at sea are returned to the communist island.
All told, Davison said Lazo's smuggling venture netted up to $1.5 million for the group.
08-24-2014 11:01 AM #2
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It's sad that things have come to this. I won't add anything more other than to just say it's sad...
08-24-2014 11:12 AM #3
We're talking about people, right?
08-24-2014 11:22 AM #4